We had the good fortune of connecting with Erika Chevalier and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Erika, what do you want people to remember about you?
I would want my legacy to be that I helped everyone become the best version of themselves and helped them become who they want to be. I would want my legacy to inspire others to take their health more seriously in a world where America obesity rate stands at 42.4%, the first time the national rate has passed the 40% mark. Fitness is more than just the aesthetics, it’s about internal health; how you feel, how you think, and how you react. It is pushing through that threshold of pain and coming out from the other side feeling better than before. I want people to remember that I care about them, their health and body and that I am passionate about training. I want them to know that I have been in their footsteps before and that you can accomplish anything as along as you put your mind to it and work for it. Being a mom and a fiancé while also running a new business and going to school all at the same time is not easy but I make it work. Remember me as being relatable, someone that you can confide to and know that they will understand everything you just said. This is how I want to be remembered and what I would want my legacy to be..
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
Badu Fit is a fitness and health brand created in 2019, who strives to help people all around the world to create healthy eating habits and a lifestyle that they desire! What sets me apart from others is my drive and compassion for my clients to not only look good on the outside but to feel good on the inside too. I was a huge advocate for health even before I created Badu Fit because I believe you should live life to the fullest by being, pain-free, disease-free, and health-conditions free. Your body is like a garden, you are given raw materials to work with, what you do with them is entirely up to you. I want to assist and guide people to make healthy choices that are sustainable and realistic. To get to where I am at today was a lot of hard-work, self-doubt and patience. I wouldn’t say it was easy but it was definitely worth it because of where I am at today. Being a Personal Trainer comes with putting yourself out there and selling yourself to others. I grew up being shy all my life so falling in love with this profession where I have to meet, talk to people and network was big for me at first. As I kept helping others and building my confidence up, It has gotten easier and I’ve reached a point to where it’s pretty much second nature to where I can come up to a random person and have a full-blown conversation like I’ve known them for years. The lessons that I’ve learned is to never compare yourself to someone else’s journey. I used to do this when I became a Personal Trainer, I would compare myself to other trainers who business’s were thriving and I only 2 clients at the time. I learned that patience is virtue and to continue to perfect your craft so you can become the best version of yourself. I want the world to know that I will forever keep striving to make fitness enjoyable, achievable and sustainable.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I want to dedicate my shoutout to my fiancé, Donavon Arnold. To my confidant, #1 supporter, bestfriend and my business partner.