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 Tina Rose. She a Fitness and Figure competitor turned personal trainer, and holistic health & wellness Coach.
Read more about Tina below and visit her Moxie studio to join her for a class.
Q&A with Tina Rise
- 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 am a Fitness and Figure competitor for the National Physique Committee. Someone approached me and asked if I were a personal trainer before I was certified, but I never thought this would be my path.
Despite how people tend to get results in the world of figure competitions, I did it naturally. It opened my eyes to many things regarding fitness – how often people focus so much on the aesthetics of what it means when we think about fitness and health, and that's what that world taught me. It was a shift in my way of thinking.
There are so many facets to feeling good and being healthy. As a trainer, my goal is to provide that value and knowledge to my clients of what it means to look good and feel good.
Thus far, since training, I am grateful that my clients receive what I provide for them, and they see the results and value I provide for them. That encourages me to keep doing what I'm doing.
- What is your coaching philosophy or mantra?
"Just because it's hard doesn't mean it can't be done." "I can't" is not allowed in my sessions.
I also tell my clients, "let's not say hard, let's say challenging." because if it's a challenge, you know it can still be done.
- What does leadership mean to you?
By being a leader, you provide value, and you listen to the people around you. You listen to what they expect of you so that you can provide empathy and direction. We as trainers have to understand our client's situations and what they are going through because we were there at one point in our lives. It's about how we've dealt with those obstacles that set us apart. We have to be empathetic leaders so that we can lead them.
- How important is it for you to be a wellness leader in the black community?
I want to live as authentically as I can. As a Black practitioner, I understand why people of color have some of these health issues. It's important for me to try to spread the message within my community that as it pertains to diet and exercise, what is and what was okay may not be conducive to your well-being, especially as you get older. There's always room to change and be better. Just because we want to be healthy doesn't mean we have entirely get rid of the foods we like. We just have to modify and find a way to enjoy the foods we love.
- We’re excited to get to know the charity you are supporting! Who are they and why are they special to you?
I'm supporting Launch & Grow – Operation Hope. They helped me with my entrepreneurship and gave me the resources to make sure I was on the right path. I appreciate what they've done for me because they have given me the courage to be an entrepreneur. I support what they do because I wouldn't be here without them. I wouldn't have the connections and resources that I now have without their help.
- Is there someone in the Black community or a figure in history who inspires you? We’d love to hear about them!
Martin Luther King Jr., A lot of people, know of him, but he just had an incredible spirit of love and forgiveness that I admire. I have friends of many cultures. I'm not one to disregard someone because of their skin color or where they come from, and that's what he believed in. We need to live in a world where we respect our culture and where we come from but not forget that the person sitting next to us is our sister or brother in the human spirit. We're all human. We're all here to elevate one another. The color of our skin should not matter at all.