Do yourself a favor and get connected with this amazing woman, Paris Brown! She's a consultant by day and an American Ninja Warrior by night. We haven't had the pleasure of meeting Paris yet, but she's located not too far from us, in Virginia! We love seeing a range of movement coming from her from being in the gym, to climbing and to showing off her mad ninja skills. Paris has made time for movement and overcome her fears to accomplish some incredible things.
Check out this incredible video about Paris and her journey as she trained for American Ninja Warrior! 👇👇👇
How do you define the word 'strength'?
The ability to overcome whatever obstacle is in front of you, whether mental or physical.
How did you discover your passion?
I have been an athlete in traditional sports since I was a young kid, but I didn't discover my passion for things like parkour and climbing until a few years ago. I fell into those sports by first trying them out with friends and getting hooked.
How do you incorporate movement into your daily lifestyle?
Even on days I don't train or workout, I like to take walks outdoors and will do mini exercises in the office. I also like to do things like take the stairs instead of the elevator when possible. Movement is a way of life.
What do you recommend for someone starting out?
You can either start small or even go big! Start small by deciding to be more active in your daily life, such as walking and doing exercises at home. Go big by picking a sport you're interested in trying out or research a training program you can begin.
How do you define 'fitness'?
Fitness looks different depending on the goals of the individual, but for me, being fit means functional strength with the goal of being able to do harder moves and obstacles.
Where do you see the future of fitness?
I see the future of fitness becoming even more inclusive and diverse. I also see some of the niche sports becoming more well known and enjoyed by more people.
Does movement increase your self-confidence? If yes, how?
Definitely! Besides the obvious of becoming more fit through movement, research has shown that movement (particularly rock climbing) works wonders for positive mental health and self confidence. My self confidence has grown beyond just the sports themselves.
What motivates the crap out of you?
The drive to see how far I can go and how strong I can get. More specifically, seeing some of the super strong women in various sports who give me tangible goals to aspire to.
What advice do you wish you could have given your former self?
Be more open to challenging experiences and don't let fears hold me back.
Anything else you'd like to share with us?
Whatever *it* is, just go for it!