By Taroue Brooks
What inspired you to become an entrepreneur?
After a lengthy career in Brand Marketing for Beauty brands Estee Lauder, MAC Cosmetics and LVMH I wanted to make an impact that went further than just skin deep. I wanted to provide a service that makes you take a look at your life choices, triggers for bad behavior and provide the tools to empower people towards total body wellness. I was 255 lbs, depressed and mentally incapable of fixing my real life triggers that had kept me physically stuck for over two decades. In 2014 I made the choice enough was enough, I quit my position, released relationships that were not serving the trajectory I wanted for myself and invested into my own total wellness. In 2015 and 100 lbs less I created Body Battle Fitness, a product for people like myself who have been battling their own body battles.
Tell us about your business
Body Battle Fitness is a fitness concierge service for people looking for a complete lifestyle change. We provide customized programs and time oriented plans from individual personal training, small group training, corporate wellness, educational workshops and weekly nutrition plans to jump start your goals at any level. Body Battle Fitness works with your lifestyle to enhance your quality of living not diminishing it.
How has Covid-19 impacted you business
Covid 19 had made us become much more innovative in our digital offerings especially with our in person facing clients. Zoom, Google Meet, and FaceTime have become our offices. These digital platforms are now key to 80% of how we reinforce and keep our clients results on track.
How do you maintain your viability in such a competitive industry.
The science behind our bodies is just that science. The methodology in the Fitness Industry doesn’t change but our approach is what is constantly evolving. Body Battle Fitness has a customized approach to understanding our perspective clients lifestyle, traumas, triggers and we gain a 360 view of their life before creating any programs. This approach is what helps our clients understand that they are not micronized into an existing program but that this has been specifically created with them in mind.
What advice would you give someone who seeks to become an entrepreneur?
Listen to your own voice, that same voice that said it’s time for you to create your own path. There is a reason it’s called entrepreneurship, you are stepping out of the social construct of “work” or “career path” There is simply no road map or advice that someone else can give you for your vision. Embrace the nuances and embrace the successes both with the same level of emotional acceptance.
Where would you like to see your business in the next 5 years?
Body Battle Fitness started in 2015 with in Central Park with free bootcamps. 5 years later Body Battle Fitness has been featured in multiple media outlets nationally and globally. We have trademarked signature workouts and programs that have served thousands of people digitally. We have partnerships with global brands in apparel, gym equipment and vegan consumer goods. Simply put I could not have foreseen the success of the last 5 years and I can only imagine that staying the path created will garner more endorsements, larger platforms and post covid era an opportunity for us to once again connect in person in a Body Battle Fitness studio space or two.
Your Body • Your Battle • Your Fitness