Motto: “You have to do something!”

Unknown fact(s): For my 70th birthday, I want to do a fitness competition. I also want to do more presentations and talk to more women in the community about the importance of loving and taking care of yourself.

Fitness Start: I always kind of worked out when I was in my 20s,30s and 40s. I always went to different classes and tried to maintain taking care of myself. When I was hitting my 50th birthday, a lightbulb came on and I said I wanted to look fine at 50. I was going to Raytown YMCA and I started going to a 6 a.m. class, even though I was more of an evening class person. I fell in love with their instructor, Carla Mock, told her what my goal was and I accomplished it. 

I was so dedicated and committed to the process of seeing my body change and develop. Mock kept pushing me to teach classes and I was like, that’s not for me, I just want to go to classes. Long story short, I became an instructor for the YMCA, got trained and eventually became a personal trainer.

Fitness Advice: When people are ready, they’re ready. When we think about things too long, we don’t do them. But when we say we’ll do it right now, we have a tendency to do it and follow through.

Top three fitness tips: 

  1. Find your time. Give yourself 45 minutes to an hour to excercise.
  2. You need to be still and center yourself.
  3. Just do it!

Nutrition: I am plant based and I just want to eat healthy. For about five to six years, I have had no meat in my diet.

What Motivates You? I can’t be a phony. I can’t tell my clients to do something and I‘m not doing it. That would be taboo, and who would do something like that?

Social Media:

IG: @brooksestelle



Physical/Mental/Spiritual Wellness:

“Working out is spiritual, mental, emotional and physical. When one thing is off balance, you’re off balance. You got to put in some action-everything is a process”

“When I first started my journey, I hired a personal trainer and I cut back on a lot of things. I was mainly eating fish, chicken and a lot of vegetables and I was running – something I never did before. Now, I’m a personal trainer and I still have a personal trainer of my own. I eat a lot of oatmeal and cream of wheat. I’m learning how to make so many different meals with chickpeas, cauliflower and avocado. I got a cookbook. I’ve done things I’ve never cooked before like sweet potatoes and grains.”

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Simone Garza

Simone Garza was a reporter in our Kansas City office. In addition to general reporting on Kansas City’s African-American community, she reports on economic inclusion for the African American community....