Today we’d like to introduce you to Brittany Sousa.
Brittany, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I grew up an athlete, so I’d say, I was always pretty active but really got into group fitness after returning from studying abroad in 2011. I remember coming home to my roommate telling me she had signed up for a Pilates class at a studio in our neighborhood and she convinced me to go with. I was hooked from that day on! There’s something about the energy and motivation that group fitness creates that I couldn’t get enough of. It wasn’t until a few years later that I realized I wanted to be an instructor. I had graduated with an Advertising degree but was bartending until I could find a full-time job. I was still practicing Pilates regularly and had really started to delve into all things wellness, including nutrition/food, so it wasn’t long before the universe sent me a sign that my life had a different purpose. I decided to take the leap into fitness and started teaching Pilates in 2013. Shortly after, I took my barre certification and started teaching both. Today, I’m absolutely in love with what I do and couldn’t imagine my life without fitness! It truly changed my life and I hold it dear to my heart that I get to share that with so many others.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Definitely has NOT been a smooth road but really, anyone who says it has been is lying. It takes hard work and dedication, you’ve got to put in the time and effort, always. There’s also a whole other side to my story of struggling with body image and overexercising. My relationship with food and fitness hasn’t always been a positive one and at points had become obsessive. But, I’m thankful to have recovered from that and experienced it because now I can relate to young girls or other women going through it. As an instructor and social influencer, I do my best to promote body love, intuitive eating, and just keep it real. In my classes, I focus on motivation that relates to strength, not only physical but mental. We all have that mental capacity and reach the point where our brains send the message “I can’t do this anymore,” I believe it’s possible to train our bodies and minds not to give up. I encourage my students to push it those last couple of breaths or last couple of counts. With a BIG sigh of relief once it’s over, they will feel on top of the world and empowered. Keeping a positive mind-body connection is so important and I aspire for my students to take that out of the classroom and into their daily lives. You’ll never hear me talk about the way anyone looks because there’s enough of that out there and you never know what people are going through. It breaks my heart to hear women talk badly about themselves because I’ve been there but I want them all to know they’re strong and capable of anything. I’ve recently launched a hashtag/movement on social media, #womenwithoutrules with the help of some amazing women to help continue to spread the message that all women are strong, sexy, and fierce in their own way and we don’t need rules set by the media or anyone else to hold us back!
We’d love to hear more about your business.
I’m a Barre and Pilates instructor as well as studio manager at STARR Yoga in Roslindale. You can also find me on Instagram (@basousa) most days whipping up some recipes or dishing out some real talk!
I consider my “tagline” to be “eat real food, sweat often, and laugh more” because to me it’s just about keeping it simple and fun. When I’m 90 (and yes, I will live that long), I know I’m only going to remember my experiences, I want to feel fulfilled and like I made a positive impact on people’s lives.
What’s the most important piece of advice you could give to a young woman just starting her career?
Work hard, stay true to who you are, surround yourself with positive people, and everything will fall into place.
- Website: brittanysousa.com
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/basousa/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Brittany-Sousa-226429214605275/
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