Fit & Fa­mous: Danielle Brooks

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She loves a good mantra. She car­ries a book that she adds to daily and wears a pin that says ‘Keep Go­ing.’ Brooks’ role as Taystee on Or­ange Is the New Black also im­pacts her out­look. “Play­ing an in­mate ev­ery day opens your eyes to how cor­rupt the pe­nal sys­tem is when it comes to ba­sic hu­man rights and needs,” she says. Here’s what else moves the ac­tor.

Role Mod­els

“My trainer has me do a lot of weight lift­ing, and my arms are look­ing hella good these days. We do the rower, bat­tle ropes, box jumps and medicine ball slams. I love this one in­struc­tor, Olivia, at SoulCy­cle. She used to be on The Big­gest Loser. She won her sea­son, and now she’s a SoulCy­cle in­struc­tor! I keep her in my world be­cause she un­der­stands how I feel in a volup­tuous body.”

Grand Intentions

“In light of African-Amer­i­can Women’s Fit­ness Month [April], I be­gan try­ing to do some­thing ac­tive five days a week and post­ing about it on In­sta­gram. My fol­low­ers keep me ac­count­able. If I say I’m go­ing to do some­thing, they’re right there with me. I even trained for a Spar­tan Race last month!”

Lov­ing Life

“My per­fect day would in­clude get­ting up around 9, jour­nal­ing, hit­ting the gym, and mak­ing a re­ally nice break­fast. Then I’d sit and watch The View or some­thing, go to work, and come home early to a nice din­ner that I had prepped. Then I’d put my feet up, watch TV, eat ve­gan ice cream, and have my man rub my feet. Why not?”

Break­ing Men­tal Barriers

“For years I thought I couldn’t do a burpee be­cause the pain of push­ing my­self up made me cry. It was so hard. That wasn’t serv­ing me well, so I let it go, and now I can do 10 without stop­ping. Then I take a break and do it again. As painful as they are, they are my re­minder of how far I’ve come.”


“Con­sis­tency is my focus for 2018. It doesn’t mat­ter if I lose or gain a pound. As long as I’m work­ing out reg­u­larly, I am a queen.”

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