Danielle Bryant is a caring wife, loving mother of 2, and a self-proclaimed drill sergeant fitness trainer. She has mastered the balance of tough love and good old-fashioned motivation in all her classes and training sessions. Danielle didn’t always consider herself an athlete. She even struggled with her self-image at one point in life and that is really what drove her towards where she is today – leading her life with positivity, healthy habits, and fitness.
Learn more about Danielle and read her interview below.
What name do you like to go by?
How did you get into fitness?
It’s a long story, however a long time ago I was a student in a boot camp class. I was young, overweight, and trying to do better. Over time, I noticed the instructor was a lot tougher on me compared to the other students. I didn’t understand why and one day during class, he started raising his voice at me about being an example, getting out of my comfort zone, and doing what he taught me to do. I was in a plank/push-up position so I could not debate what he was saying, so I listened. I told him that I was not interested in what he was offering and I still needed him. He explained to me that I no longer needed him and he taught me everything that he knew and it was time for me to step up.
Two days later...we were waiting for his arrival to start the class but since he was always late we decided to start the warm up without him. I put on the music and we all taught the class and completed an hour workout. No one thought anything of it.
A few days later, I was sitting on the floor waiting for our instructor to show up. But he was late as usual. As time passed by, I heard a voice telling me that he was never coming back again. I then realized that is what he was trying to tell me several days before. With a broken and heavy heart I told the class he was never coming back and we all needed to figure out what to do next.
As I walked toward the door with my belongings and tears in my eyes with a heavy heart someone said “Danielle, can you do something for us?” I replied, “NO.” We’ve all been here the same amount of time and there is nothing special about me. I’m not an instructor. I changed my mind and decided, this one time I would, well... that one time turned into the rest of my life. This is exactly how I got into fitness.
What do you like to do on the weekends?
I like to stay at home and hang with family! My life is schedule driven, so I prefer not to schedule things and do what I want to do, when I want to do it. Sundays are always church and also family days.
What inspires you?
Thinking about my past and planning for my future.
What’s your pre-workout routine or ritual?
Make sure that I have plenty of water on hand.
Start drinking my pre workout drink about 30 mins. before workout.
Take my supplement Workout Extreme.
How do you motivate others?
I motivate others through music and instruction.
What are your 5 favorite songs from your workout playlist?
Come On Over Baby (All I Want is You) by Christina Aguilara
Back in Black by AC/DC
Werk by CID
Zero To Hero from the movie Hercules
What “healthy” food do you hate?
What are you most proud of?
My two beautiful and smart girls. My oldest is an A student and is currently on the Principal's Honor Roll. My youngest just received the S.O.A.R Award and was recognized.
**Where can everyone find you?
Facebook and Twitter @Foreverbodyfit
What are some of your goals?
Further my education in law enforcement.
Anything else that you would like us to know?
I believe chiropractic care is important and is a part of staying well. I’ve always loved listening and watching soldiers run to cadence, even before I actually knew what it was.