Après: So Monique, how did you get into fitness?
Monique: I have been an athlete for as long as I can remember. Growing up, I participated in everything from competitive cheerleading and dance to track and cross-country, continuing with track throughout my sophomore year of college.
Après: Wow, that’s a lot of different sports! Do you mind sharing with us your fitness philosophy?
Monique: You have to start somewhere. Not being able to get to a gym should never be an obstacle holding you back from living an abundant and active life. My philosophy is that if you don’t use it you’ll lose it. Find whatever it is that you like to do and do it every day. You can’t buy health so make it a priority!
Après: We couldn’t agree more! Well, It sounds like you have a lot of different experiences in the fitness community. That being said, have you faced any obstacles as a Black fitness instructor in this industry?
Monique: One obstacle I have encountered as a Black fitness instructor is a lack of representation in different fitness modalities. In the past, I have had organizations assume I can only teach a certain type of format, without giving me an opportunity to show them how well rounded and versed I truly am.
Another obstacle is organizations hiring Black talent for marketing purposes and to run the front desk yet when you visit their studios there aren’t any black coaches, trainers, or instructors.
Après: Aside from the fitness industry, we’re sure nutrition plays an important role in your health journey. We're curious, what food is always in your fridge?
Monique: I always have eggs and Fuji Apples in my fridge!
Après: Yum! We know it’s been quite chaotic for the past few years, but what does a regular day look like for you?
Monique: I start my day making my bed, stretching, journaling, and having my favorite cup of coffee. This morning routine helps set my intentions and allows clarity before a busy productive day.
Après: Speaking of busy days, what’s your favorite thing to do when you need to decompress?
Monique: My favorite way to decompress is to take a nice hot epsom salt bath with lavender. Highly recommended if you haven’t tried it before.
Après: We love a good epsom salt bath!
Après: Monique, thank you so much for spending time with us today! Find out more about Monique and her journey on Instagram@moniquebellofficial or visitPeace of Shamari (one of her favorite brands!) for some really cute activewear & athleisure sets!