Tell us about yourself. Where are you from? Background?
I was born and raised in France from a French father and an African mother. I moved to the United States in 2008 when I was 14 years old.
What got you into fitness? How long have you been in the fitness/health and wellness industry?
Since I was 6 years old I've been playing sports. From martial arts to dance, gymnastics and basketball. It nurtured my love for health and fitness and in 2016, I started training friends. From there, I knew I wanted to make Fitness my career which led me to pursue an Associate's degree in Dietetics and Nutrition Science as well as a Bachelor's degree in Exercise Science. I am also a NASM Certified Personal Trainer.
Why did you decide to become a certified personal trainer?
I became a Personal Trainer not only because I love exercising and the positivity it brings to my life, but because America is in a real health crisis. With chronic disease being the #1 cause of death and it mostly affecting communities that look like me, I want to share with others the benefits of living a healthy lifestyle.
What is the biggest challenge for you as a fitness instructor and health professional?
The biggest challenge for me is to make people understand that fitness isn't "one size fits all". There are many factors that will affect our journeys and how we reach our goals. There is no such thing as a "quick fix". Fighting myths and clickbait on social media is definitely challenging but even if I can get my message through ONE person I feel accomplished.
What is your biggest accomplishment in the fitness industry?
My biggest accomplishment has been the ability to change one's mindset on their health and fitness. Providing results and education based on the science of exercise and nutrition.
What has been your most rewarding experience as a fitness professional? The most rewarding experience is when a client is able to differentiate between unrealistic goals and expectations. I feel the most accomplished when they are able to continue their journey on their own, know proper form and mechanics. Most of all, when they take control of their nutrition and realize that you don't need a "meal plan".
Any advice for people thinking about a career in fitness?
EDUCATE. EDUCATE. EDUCATE. Fitness seems like the easiest career to get into right now. However, there is an actual science behind it. Surround yourself with those who know more than you. Those who have degrees and certifications in the field. Research, read and ask questions. Always be willing to learn and accept criticism.
What does the future hold for you and for the health and fitness industry?
God knows what the future holds for me. As for me, I will continue to share realistic advice and work on growing my community.
What advice would you give someone starting their journey to a healthy lifestyle?
BE PATIENT. You won't see results right away, it's called a "JOURNEY" for a reason. It doesn't have to and won't be perfect. Set realistic goals, hire a trainer but still do your own research. It's not easy but it's worth it. The only way you will get through this is with discipline and consistency.
Is there anything else exciting you would like to share?
I am currently offering LIVE Full-Body classes! We meet 2x/week on Mondays and Saturdays for 90 mins. I also make myself available 15 mins before and after class for Q&A. The best part is if you can't attend the live classes, they are saved and available on-demand. Click this link if you'd like to join us and start your fitness journey https://www.somble.com/frenchy . ALL LEVELS WELCOMED!