WHYIFIGHT: ALEXIS GATES
What’s your name, where are you from, and what do you do?
My name is Alexis Gates, I’m born and raised in South Boston, MA and I am a personal trainer, athletic trainer, group exercise instructor and spin instructor. In my spare time, I also collect lots of parking tickets and eat as many donuts as I can 🙂
What makes you a fighter?
I think what makes me a fighter the most is my perseverance, no matter how tough things get or how hectic life can be I always try to keep moving forward and working towards my goals. It’s easy to get sidetracked and let things throw you off balance but being able to roll with the punches and keep your eyes on the prize is so important. Doing something every day to make yourself a little bit better (either physically, mentally, emotionally or otherwise) will keep you working towards your goals.
What do you fight for?
I fight to celebrate what my body can do instead of criticizing it for what it can’t. It’s so easy these days to spend our time hating our bodies and pointing out all of our flaws but taking a look at yourself and being proud of all the amazing things our body can do is a great reason to keep fighting.
What inspires you to take the hits and keep on fighting?
My parents. They are the two strongest people I know and I fight for them every day. Both of my parents grew up in Boston with little money or resources and they fought every day to make the most out of themselves. They put themselves through school and became Boston Public School teachers so that they could continue to have an impact on their society. I remember when I was little, even if times were tough my parents always made my brother and I feel like we have everything in the world we could ever need. I keep fighting so I can make them proud.
If you could fight side-by-side with one person, past or present, who would it be?
I know she’s not a traditional “fighter” but I would love to fight side by side with Kathrine Switzer, the first woman to ever run the Boston Marathon. She had to fight through so much adversity (both emotionally and physically!) to do what she wanted to do. She had a goal and wouldn’t let anyone get in her way no matter how hard they tried to stop her. To fight side by side with that much bad assery would be nothing short of amazing.
What is your Fight Fuel?
Water baby! It may seem lame but having enough water throughout the day is so huge for me. When I’m hydrated I have more energy, more stamina and feel ready for my workouts. If you ask anyone who knows me they will tell you they rarely see me without one of my many water bottles. Water makes me feel good and determined to take on the day. Holla if ya hydrate!
What is your Fight Song?
T.I. – Bring Em Out or Eminem – Till I Collapse (I can’t choose!!)
What’s your favorite EverybodyFights class?
Who is your favorite EverybodyFights Trainer, and why?
My favorite trainer is Reid – I have been shadowing him for the past 2 months for my certification and he has been so awesome to learn from. The way he leads a class and gets everyone excited is so cool to see. Even in a class of 50 people, he makes sure everyone is geared up and ready to go.
How do you Fight It Forward?
I fight it forward by giving back to my community. I wouldn’t be who I am if it wasn’t for the city of Boston and especially South Boston. Any chance I get to give back I try to do the best I can. And it doesn’t always have to be something huge but even taking the time to help a neighbor with groceries or saying hello to people on the street goes a long way.
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