We had the good fortune of connecting with Erika Deshay and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Erika, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
My thought process behind starting my own business was based on conversation I was having about ‘Investing in yourself”. I wanted to be able to make money doing something that I loved. I use to go to my 9 to 5 each day and put on a happy friendly customer service personality, when I really was unhappy because I was unfulfilled. I had become uncomfortable in my spirit and knew it was time for a change.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
My business provides women that are just starting out to advance with workout programs that they can use at home or in the gym. My programs are designed and suggested for women who want to achieve a ‘Fit and Feminine” figure. There are featured plans that come with videos of the workout moves as well as suggested meals while on the program. What sets Fit Peach Lifestyle apart from most online fitness programs is that we are AFFORDABLE. Having a personal training is a luxury and can be expensive. With the online programs you pay one time not monthly and can move at your own pace. I am most excited about the before and after picture that clients send after completed a 30 day program virtually. My business has had to transform and evolve to where it is now compared to where it started. I use to train clients in person but due to Covid most gym were closed and people had to shelter in place. No more in person training but client still need me. I had to reinvent and it wasn’t easy. I over came by not over thinking. I had to find a way to reach my clients without having to physically be there which lead to zoom work classes. I had to think outside of the box. I learned that noting stays the same forever and we must adapt to change. I want the world to know that a fit figure can be achieved naturally with no surgery required. I want to promote a healthy lifestyle change and show other how to get there.
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?
When my best friend comes to town first we love to get dressed up and grab something to eat and drink. First stop is 9 Mile station right before sunset on the roof top of Ponce city market for drink and appetizers. Next we would head to Whiskey Mistress for a bit of live music and more drinks. The final hangout of the night would take up to Pasha for a late night grown and sexy vibe.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I want to dedicate this shoutout to the customer of my former 9 to 5. I use to works in the retail industry and with the territory I wore a lot of the clothing. I would always get compliments daily on my outfits but mainly my physique from the female customer. They were always respectful when asking what is it that I do to keep my body in shape? Did you get surgery? I would politely say thanks because I was no stranger to the gym and it shown. After so may conversation about where I want to go in my life with my regular clients I started to put more thought into getting my certification for physical training.