As a part of our Black Leaders Day celebration, we are sharing the stories of our Black instructors and supporting the causes that matter most to them.
Today we have the opportunity to celebrate Daisha Enos. She’s a wife, mommy, former master trainer, and fitness studio owner. Daisha specializes in strength training, cardio, pilates, and dance formats.
Read more about Daisha below and visit her Moxie studio to join her for a class.
Q&A with Daisha Enos
- Tell us a bit about your journey to becoming a fitness instructor. How did you get started? Is there an achievement you’re particularly proud of?
I started back in 2012 that was my first certification, it was Turbo Kick Live and I’ve been training ever since then. I have seven specialty formats that I can teach and I also have my general group fitness certification. I teach a little bit of everything but on Moxie primarily HIIT classes.
I have two accomplishments I’m proud of, one is opening a fitness studio several years ago and running it for a couple of years. I taught group fitness out of that studio and I love it because it had been a dream of mine to own my own business and to help teenagers. My studio was geared towards teenagers coming in and having a chance to work out.
Second to that would be becoming a master trainer for Beachbody Live. That had been an aspiration of mine to get to that level of being able to train other instructors.
- What is your coaching philosophy or mantra?
From a group fitness standpoint, I believe in fun fitness. You got to find something that you feel is fun for you because then you’re going to do it. You’re going to look forward to it and you’ll stay with that particular exercise routine and it won’t be a burden to you. You got to make it fun!
I also believe in no excuses. When people are coming to fitness to lose weight or gain muscle something has to change about what they’re currently doing. You have to get rid of your excuses in order to move forward and start a new routine.
- What does leadership mean to you?
A good leader is somebody who leads by example. Whatever you’re wanting from your troops or the people you’re leading you to emulate that. You want them to say, “that’s what she wants me to do; that’s what I’m going to do.” I truly believe that it’s not about barking orders. It’s about leading from the front and leading by example. Also having integrity. Whatever you’ve told your people you’re going to do, do that so they can trust you and believe in whatever the philosophy is.
- How important is it for you to be a wellness leader in the black community?
For Black women, I think it’s huge. I’m originally from the south, the overweight and obesity rates are pretty high in our demographic and a lot of that has to do with our culture and the foods that we eat. For me, it’s a big deal because I think when you don’t see a lot of people representing a healthy or fit ideal, it makes it harder to try and achieve that. It’s a big deal to be somebody that other Black women can look up to, trust, and ask questions when it comes to whatever their health and fitness goals are. Growing up I didn’t see that a lot and to this day I still don’t see it as much as I wish I did.
- We’re excited to get to know the charity you are supporting! Who are they and why are they special to you?
I chose Black Girls Code. When I was growing up I was really into science and knew that I was going to go to college to study medicine and there wasn’t anyone who looked like me in any of my classes. There weren’t any other Black girls in those programs. Going forward technology and science are the future. Those are the jobs that are out there. Those are the opportunities that are going to be out there. We should have more Black girls and women in that area.
- Is there someone in the Black community or a figure in history who inspires you? We’d love to hear about them!
My idol forever and always will be Martin Luther King Jr. His life, mission, and the things he did were extremely was selfless. He knew that he was up against a wall with every march, every boycott, every sit-in, those were selfless acts; not just him but everyone who was involved. It touches me that somebody would do that for other people that look like him in that generation and the generations to come. I’m reaping the benefits of what he and the other people in the civil rights did.