We had the good fortune of connecting with D’Anthony Smith and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi D’Anthony, what is the most important factor behind your success?
My Faith in God has always been the most important factor behind me being successful at what I do. The purpose he has given me is the very reason why I exist, to help people become a better person with a positive mindset. The Calling that has been placed on my life is an ongoing journey and every time that I wake up it’s a new day. It becomes evident that what I am doing, the brand that I am creating, and the life I am living is far bigger than me.
What should our readers know about your business?
Since August 2015 I have been a Personal Trainer and Franchise owner with a company called Camp Gladiator. An award-winning outdoor/virtual adult fitness program, where I get the opportunity to build my own training schedule, work with a team of trainers, lead 60 minute workouts and impact as many lives as possible.
What sets me apart from other trainers is how I make it my mission to help others not in my own strength and knowledge, but from the capacity of my faith; God’s strength and knowledge. I am very proud and excited about partnering with Camp Gladiator, with the continued education and the opportunity to be a student amongst my peers who have been in the industry for a while and have helped me become much better in my craft.
Jesus is the Reason. This will be a common theme in my story, because God has given me the vision, the idea, the passion, and the will to continue forward. How I got to where I am now has been about the mindset of “I GET TO”. Impacting lives and Honoring God through fitness since 2015 and beyond really. It has shown me that nothing is given, but can be rewarded. Getting to this point in my career has not been easy, but I have learned a lot and applied much of it already. How to be an effective leader through adversity, stepping out of my comfort box and pivoting in creativity to influence.
I want people to understand that the mission is way bigger than who I am, it’s about Serving others. I want people to know that the vision is way bigger than the physicality of fitness, it’s about the way people view themselves. I want people to understand that I am creating a culture of truth by simply being a present light in a world full of darkness through a fitness business that is Faith-Driven.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Oh yes! I love this.
So if my best friend was coming to the city I would literally take them all over the city full of fun and exciting adventures. As soon as they get in we hit up the town.
On Sunday we will hit up Southern Gentlemen, because that was the very first brunch spot I went to when I moved here. Monday we never miss a workout so we drive downtown to run around pediments, endless trails and site see on the Beltline. Tuesday we have a chill day and drive up to Roswell, GA and grab a bite to eat on Canton st. Wednesday we are both active/outdoorsy individuals so we head on over Stone Mountain Park to race one another to the top and be winded as heck. Thursday head to the painted pin for some bowling, food, and games. Thursday go for a run at Cochran shoals and finish the day with shooting the hooch. Friday spent the day in the Centennial Park District and hit up the Georgia Aquarium, World of Coca-cola, and the Olympic park. Saturday, have lunch at Ponce City Market before heading to the airport.
Busy week. haha
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would like to dedicate my shout out to my family. They have literally been there every step of the way through all of my ups and downs. They are the very reason I am doing what I am doing, which is helping other people be better, because what they helped me with. Creating the space and environment to do things the way I needed to do them, but also teach me the things that are necessary for survival in truth and righteousness.
I truly believe that their Faith in God is how they were able to show me the level of Compassion, Grace and Mercy they had for me growing up. At times it was tough, but by the age of 22, I was able to understand Compassion, Grace, and Mercy to where it became my own belief in Jesus Chris, who called me to do what I am doing now.