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Conversations with the Inspiring Brittany ‘BPhoenixx’ Washington

Today we’d like to introduce you to Brittany ‘BPhoenixx’ Washington.

Brittany, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
As a child, I was always physically active and pretty in shape as a direct result of my involvement with sports and extracurricular activities. I participated in track and cross country, softball, dance and cheerleading! As I grew older, my love for dance grew. In college, I got really serious about it and became a member of a national dance organization by the name of House Arrest 2 Championship Dance Team Inc., which originated in Chicago as an outlet to keep the youth in the house and off the streets. As a result of my passion for dance and physical activity, after graduating from Clark Atlanta University, I became a dance fitness instructor. Being certified in Zumba, Get Pulsed & MixxedFit Dance fitness formats. The more time went by, the more I realized that I have a deeper passion for more than just dance and that passion is health and fitness. I then received my AFAA Group Exercise Certification, in addition to other certifications and started coaching various styles of group fitness such as boot camps, cycle, etc. After that, I realized that I loved to inspire and motivate people! I had a gift to push them beyond what they think they can do and encourage them to reach their goals. My group exercise certification and experience segued me into my love now, personal training!

Inspiring and motivating people isn’t easy, but thankfully there are people like yourself who have a talent for it and are able to help the rest of us reach our potential.  Has it been a smooth road for you so far?
My road most definitely has not be easy! Anything worth having is going to be a process. I am even still going through the process − it will always be a continuous evolution. What I have learned is that number one, you have to stay grounded and rooted in God. Number two, being connected to a circle that is able to walk and talk with you through your mountains and your valleys. I’ve been a part of my church for a year (The Rhema Church of Atlanta) and that year, though the road had been tough, has been much more bearable than when I wasn’t connected to them. My Pastor, Pastor Gabriel Allen Powell, my church leaders, and my friends have truly been my anchor.

I would recommend young women to find a church and Pastor to connect to, which can speak into your life and help you dig deeper into who you are in God and your identity. Also, find mentors that will challenge you, push you and hold you accountable. Be yourself and love yourself! Do not try to be like anyone else, that spot is already taken! You can’t be them like they can! Your quirks, your spirit, your ideas, your personality is what is going to draw people in. Know who you are in God and be convinced and confident about that!

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into Phenom Fitness & Wellness story. What else should we know?
I am a fitness professional and presenter. I have presented the Get Pulsed Dance fitness format alongside its creator, Alana Sanders, in different states across the United States. I am a NASM certified personal trainer, dance fitness instructor (Get Pulsed, Zumba & MixxedFit), Choreography Specialist (Get Pulsed) and Cycle instructor (Vibe Ride).

I specialize and was previously known for my dance fitness. That’s where my fitness career originated, so I’ve been doing that the longest. However, more recently after launching my fitness brand, my high-intensity boot camp style classes and my strength-focused personal training seems to be what’s buzzing. I am most proud of the quality of attentiveness and professionalism that’s given to my clients! If you are my student, I am ALL IN, so you’d better be too! They are pushed and motivated to go to levels that they didn’t think they could go. I listen and am there every step of the way. I am an unashamed believer, so God will be there. I am a coach that taps into the physical, emotional and spiritual areas of my clients. With me, don’t be surprised when God comes into the mix. Worship, word, and workouts are my things!

What do you feel are the biggest barriers today to female leadership, in your industry or generally?
In the fitness industry, I perceive some of biggest barriers to be the over-sexualization of women and our bodies when it comes to fitness and fitness promotion – by society and even ourselves. At times, many tend to post about what is popular to get more ‘likes’ versus what is accurate. Additionally, unrealistic expectations of how our bodies are “supposed” to look in today’s culture and ideology of instant results! We are in time of small waists, large butts, and the “I want it and I want it now,” mentality. That can become very difficult for someone in my profession because, in fitness, instant gratification doesn’t exist. It takes hard work, process, and patience.

These issues have the potential and in fact, often do, dilute the true concept of what being healthy and being fit truly is. As a health and fitness professional, I am in the position to debunk and unpack what society has expected us to believe and ensure we love ourselves even more in the process.

Be Fit, Be Phenomenal, Be You!

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John Griffen, Aria Covington, The Rhema Church of Atlanta

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