What gives someone the right to consider themselves a successful fitness model or personality in the industry? Is it the amount of covers one can land because of their physique? Could it be how many sponsors they are able to grab to help support them? Or is it the amount of money one can make between different modeling/ fitness gigs?
Everyone will tell you something different, but if there is one thing that is hard to disagree with, it’s the ability to promote and market yourself to others. Social media has begun to play a huge role in self marketing as an athlete, competitor, fitness model or personality in the Industry. These days, you don't need a modeling agency to help promote you, or a company to take you on as a sponsored athlete in order for you to be seen in the industry.
Someone who once could have been just an average fit person now has the ability to transform themselves into a “Social Media Fitness Star!” If you put in the time, the effort, and truly have a passion for fitness, you can change yourself from just a face with a body, to a bona fide personality – someone able to inspire and motivate others on their own fitness journey!
Brittany A. Fried, age 18, and hailing from New Orleans, is proof that if you put in the time, effort, hard work in the gym AND the kitchen, and use social media as a tool to self-promote, you can turn your average health/fit lifestyle into a network that reaches out to endless amounts of people who want to take the time out to follow your journey.
Q: When did you get started on your fitness career/journey? What made you want become more than just the average person living a healthy and fit lifestyle?
A: October 2012 I walked into a CrossFit gym wanting a change in my life at that time and I had a mission just to be stronger and feel better about myself. I was 17. I admired everyone around me as no one my age was in there or even close to it. I was intimidated at first to think I could be so fit as others. But I didn't give up and that mentality kept me going every single day and it became a beautiful addiction.
In July of 2013, I visited a regular gym with a friend and I was approached by the former Mr. America, Roddy Gaubert, and he asked me if I ever thought of weight training and the world of NPC. By this time I lived fitness and took it as another challenge. I'm now happily doing both and the cross training of the two has given me abilities I have never dreamed of in strength as well as endurance and agility. I have not yet competed within the NPC, but I am training for Bikini.
Q: Being that you have a loyal social media following, what is some advice that you would offer someone wanting to increase their popularity in the Fitness industry? What tip can you give someone to help them build their following as well?
A: Never ever give up. Never let anyone say you can't do it. Let each day you train be for yourself as you are your biggest competition. As far as the media portion, I lift. I attracted attention by maintaining a small frame with muscles and amazed a few by lifting 145 lbs. or squatting 255 lbs. as I weigh 120 and I am 5'7”. Many have called me a myth buster by proving tall girls as well as small ones can lift!
Q: Do you consider this as your part/full-time job or a hobby?
A: I train about three hours a day, every day. I train CrossFit either in the a.m. and will do the gym in the p.m. CrossFit does not have any machines. So it is two totally different worlds
Q: There are many people that motivate and are inspired by you. How does that make you feel knowing that there are people who take the time to see what you are doing day to day?
A: It is a beautiful feeling. It makes me keep my smile knowing I am making a difference or just helping one person. Having thousands is a blessing and I'm so thankful and they inspire me more than they know. Their kind words or even criticism make me a better person and push ten times harder just for them. It feels like family to me.
Q: How does it feel knowing that somewhere, you are actually helping someone by motivating them to achieve their personal goals, just by posting your personal life and achievements on social media?
A: It is amazing. I try and answer every comment and email even if it is a simple thank you. To motivate one person is beautiful because one day they may motivate someone and so forth. So I'll take that one!
Q: Is there anyone who has motivated or inspired you to become the person you are today?
A: A few, actually. My mom has cancer and I've watched her fight and wake up with a smile giving me her inner strength to let nothing knock me down. My trainer showing me you can make it to the top with hard work and perseverance. PJ Braun and Aaron Singerman for having faith in me at such a young age. Last but not least, Roxann Rizzuto. Her strength and beauty I've followed for a while. She inspired me to try both fields and try the journey and appreciate every goal I surpass
Q: How does your family feel about your lifestyle? What would you say to someone whose family does not support their lifestyle?
A: My family supported me from the beginning because I was a happier person and they love it. For someone's family who does not support it, I say follow your dreams and live your life as intended. You may quit one day before your greatness, I firmly believe in never quitting.
Q: Of all the social media outlets (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, etc.), what do you think is the most effective to use in order to market yourself in this industry?
A: Instagram, hands down.
Q: What is your diet like? Do you eat clean all year round?
A: I do eat clean all year round and will have anything I wish once a week. I do not call it a diet. I work so hard, I consider it a lifestyle .I consume a lot of fish and chicken, veggies and sweet potatoes.
Q: What is your favorite cheat meal? How do you control yourself from going overboard when you decide to treat yourself?
A: My favorite cheat meal is a burger. And even then it's a turkey burger. I don't overload simply because I do not eat much to start. So it's not so bad.
Q: Do you take any supplements? What do you think is one of the most important supplements someone should take who is training constantly?
A: I do take supplements because it is definitely important. I trained without taking anything but protein. I was tired and I didn't see many results. EAA's is the most important supplement to me. Essential Amino Acids says it all. I truly feel it’s essential.
Q: What’s your social media/contact information?
A: Instagram name @brittany_fried
Q: Special thanks to:
A: My family, sponsors, trainer, Roxy Rizzuto for the opportunity and my amazing followers for all the love and support.