We had the good fortune of connecting with Christian Brown and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Christian, is your business focused on helping the community? If so, how?
I believe when you are in the business of serving others, you will essentially have an impact on your community. In my initial consultation with clients, I tell them my intentions are to create a healthy, sustainable lifestyle while cultivating a sense of community. Being a fitness coach is such a unique career due to the natural development of business relationships that often turn into friendships. Workout sessions can become a safe space for clients to refocus or temporarily let go of life tasks. My business not only helps develop healthier bodies but it also supports the mental health of individuals in our community.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My career has been ever-changing to say the least. I’ve always wanted to become a Surgical First Assistant, so Emory University Hospital was where I began. Along my journey, an opportunity to advance my career presented itself so I took it. I was hired in August, contracted COVID in November and during my recovery, I received a phone call with instructions to check my email for a separation notice. The very next day I went into panic mode, applying to more than 100 jobs and asking friends for referrals but nothing stuck. At that point I realized it was bigger than my current situation and I needed to figure out how to overcome it. The pandemic made me realize the importance of health more than ever before, so I began offering a free 21 day fitness challenge. My goal was to engage with individuals who wanted to be more intentional about their health but just needed guidance. Everyone who participated gave me purpose, insight on my potential and confirmed what I am most passionate about, helping others. As a fitness professional, you deal with a variety of people and personalities. What separates me from others is having the ability to adapt and meet people where they are. I am excited about creating a brand that will resonate with todays society. My goal is to cultivate communities and create wealth through movement, mindfulness and nutrition. Over the past few months, I have really learned to trust God and bet on myself. I no longer trade my time for money but instead I trade my time pouring into others. Are some days challenging? Yes. Is it worth it? Absolutely! Without challenges, I wouldn’t be able to develop my craft with intention, purpose and passion. “Deep End Sink or Swim Fitness” is a brand that identifies with challenges we face and are unprepared for, aka the “Deep End”. This leaves us with two options, either “Sink or Swim”. So whether you’re moving heavy weight in the gym or managing life adversities, always remember there is growth in the “Deep End” if you just keep kicking.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
A few places I would recommend for good eats are Desta Ethiopian Kitchen in Decatur, Thrill Korean BBQ, Upbeet, Marlows Tavern in Cumberland, and Howell’s. For brunch I would suggest Folk Art in Decatur, Murphy’s or Gypsy kitchen. Now let’s say you want to do something strange for a lil piece of change, we can grab some drinks from Tacos and Tequila, TDH – rooftop, Harolds or Cafe circa. A few of my favorite places to hangout and visit would be Stone Mountain Park, Atlanta Beltline, Krog Street Market, GAQ, MLK National, Skyline park or Bowlero.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I want to dedicate my shoutout to God because without his grace and mercy, I don’t know where I’d be. A special thank you to my immediate family for endlessly supporting me. They have and always will be my “why.” My extended family and friends who show genuine love and support whether it’s mental health or business, I appreciate you. I would also like to thank Brodney, Mo, Halani, and Jason, who helped me gain my first clients at The Loft Athletic Club. I appreciate their support from the start and continued dedication to the industry. I can’t forget about Dirty Dee! She helped me reestablish my relationship with Christ, which has been a game changer for me. Dre Short, Thank you for bringing me on board and remaining solid since day one. I’d also like to acknowledge every fitness trainer and coach out there! Thank you for sharing your gifts with the world. This industry is tough and it takes a certain type of individual to wake up everyday and exhaust their physical and mental capacities simultaneously. To all of my clients, I can’t thank you enough for trusting, supporting and challenging me. Each of you give me purpose and, for that I will forever be grateful. Books, seminars and podcasts that keep me focused: Eric Thomas – The Secret To Success, The Ed Mylett Show, The Robin Sharma Mastery Sessions, 50 Cent, Inky Johnson and David Goggins. Lastly, Thank you Shoutout Atlanta for allowing me to share my experience thus far. I hope that I was able to engage readers and encourage them to follow their dreams despite their current circumstance.
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