This month on the BBP blog we’re excited to feature 4 women who are truly making a positive impact in their industries and represent the 4 tiers of our site: braveBODY, braveEATS, braveLOOKS and braveWORDS.
We’re kicking off our WCW with a woman who truly embodies what having a strong, powerful body means. Meet Rebecca Kennedy.
We know, she’s pretty awesome, right? Besides having her goal-worthy hair, abs and booty she’s an incredible smarty pants celebrity trainer turning the New York City fitness scene upside down. We sat down and asked her a few questions. Read up!
BBP: Tell us a little bit about yourself.
RK: I’m just a girl in the world, that’s all that you’ll let me be.
Just kidding, I’m an NYC Fitness Trainer.
I’m the founder of A.C.C.E.S.S., the athletes connection to core endurance strength and stretch, NYC’s first active recovery class.
Yes, it’s time to give back to our bodies.
Many people know me as a master trainer at Barry’s Bootcamp and a Nike Elevated Trainer. Additionally, I’m a former professional dancer and New England Patriots Cheerleader. I hold a BA in dance and minor in Business. My certifications range from NASM CPT, KBA, FMS, AFAA Kickboxing, Pilates, Group X, etc. I’m a nerd and I love it because it makes me a better trainer and I can help affect more positively in clients lives.
As a person, I drink coffee and eat chocolate daily. I must stop and pet every dog. I splurge on travel and Nike. Red wine is my favorite. I love cardio and being upside down. I am a work in progress and wake up daily with my goals, my dreams and the hustle of New York lighting a fire under my @$$ to get out of bed and make it happen.
I’m highly motivated and can’t sit still. I believe in fairness and equality; hard work never goes unnoticed and will always pay off. Strength is a quality that bears most weight to in my life, emotional, mental and physical. Life is too short and precious to be static, to be scared or to settle.
BBP: What does living a brave life mean to you?
RK: Being brave means acknowledging your fears and weaknesses and accepting them as things to work on and places of growth and success. Every time I overcome a fear, I feel proud and encouraged to do more. Being brave relies on self-confidence and the desire to get better and be better than you were a year ago, a day ago, a minute ago.
Even the most successful people and people we look up to have fears. It’s a natural human tendency. Those who face their fears and don’t give up and turn their weakness into a strength are those that ultimately succeed. Bravery happens when we have no choice but to call upon ourselves and to be better.
BBP: Tell us a time you chose courage over fear in your career?
RK: The moment when I decided to take the leap from being a dancer, a bartender, and trainer to focusing all of my efforts and attention to honing my craft in fitness. I have always been an athlete and noticed a strength in this industry, but when your focus is all over the place and your hands are in too many jars – nothing can see its full potential until it’s given all of your time and attention. It wasn’t easy, I lost a lot of disposable income and forced myself to make it work because I wanted it. I hit rock bottom. I’ve hit it plenty of times before that and after as well, but that particular decision was one of the best I’ve ever made. I am happy every day. I am able to change lives including my own and that was worth the risk I took and bravery I summoned to get through it.
BBP: Give our readers your favorite workout tip.
RK: Be consistent, that is by far the best thing you can do for yourself. Be consistent with activity. Your workouts can vary, and time of day and who you train with and where, but just be consistent in moving. The fitter you get the more you can do. You’ll always find success where there is consistency. The dichotomy of being fit is both consistent and transformative. It’s a beautiful relationship. Where there is consistency, you shall find transformation. When you put in the effort and work daily, you physically change your body and the way you feel emotionally.
Thanks for sharing with us Rebecca! You can catch Rebecca in New York City at Barry’s Bootcamp or at A.C.C.E.S.S. Rebecca created A.C.C.E.S.S., which is a 60-minute barefoot program designed to develop balance, flexibility, core strength through an invigorating flow of proper movement patterns.
Check back with us next Wednesday to see what amazing gal we’re crushing on!
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