Welcome to 'In the Spotlight' by Heart Of Hollywood Magazine. Join us on this exciting adventure as we delve into the lives of remarkable individuals who have made a positive impact on the world around them. From everyday heroes to extraordinary achievers, 'In the Spotlight' promises to inspire, enlighten, and motivate you with their incredible stories.
Batista Gremaud, the co-founder of https://www.drfitnessusa.com, is an Ergonomic Strength Training expert, Number 1 Bestselling Author, Freelance writer, and producer/host of Dr Fitness USA THE SHOW. Her mission is to help people become the best version of themselves by providing comprehensive exercise systems for sustainably caring for their mind, body, and spirit from the inside out.
Can you tell us about your journey to success and the key moments or decisions that shaped your career?
I was a professional dancer who suffered from multiple injuries. I thought I would have to be in pain forever and age prematurely. However, I recovered from all my injuries after being introduced to a unique Ergonomic Strength Training protocol created by International Body Designer Stephen Hercy, also known as Dr Fitness USA. At 63 years of age, I am now stronger and feeling and looking better than ever before. I made a career transition and founded the Body Design Formula company with Stephen Hercy, whom I married.
What motivates and inspires you to continue pushing boundaries and achieving new heights in your field?
I'm motivated by the opportunity to impact my own life and the lives of others positively. My vision is to achieve a healthier lifestyle for everyone. I believe that we all have the potential to be healthy, strong, and vibrant, regardless of age, provided we are given adequate tools and education to do so; my mission is to equip people with the knowledge and resources to increase their strength physically, emotionally, and mentally. Seeing a success rate of 100% for the results of my efforts is a source of motivation and inspires me to continue pushing boundaries and achieving new heights in health wellness.
As an influential figure, what values or principles do you strive to embody and promote in your work and personal life?
Integrity, respect, humility, gratitude, creativity, initiative, and discipline are essential values to promote in my career and personal life. Leading by example and demonstrating these behaviors is the best way to inspire others and create positive change. Additionally, I stay open to others’ ideas and develop an understanding and appreciation for diverse cultures, beliefs, and backgrounds. Finally, I strive for excellence and make the most of every opportunity.
How do you handle challenges and setbacks, and what advice do you have for others facing similar obstacles?
First, It's important to recognize that challenges and setbacks are part of life. It is essential to remain calm and take a step back to assess the situation without becoming reactive while maintaining a positive attitude and focusing on the progress that you have already made rather than feeling defeated. It is also helpful to get creative, think outside the box for solutions, and seek advice from a mentor or a trusted advisor who has faced similar challenges. Remain flexible and adaptable to any changes while allowing yourself to make mistakes. Maintaining self-confidence and perseverance is a secret weapon that helps me overcome challenging times. I also use positive affirmations and meditation to tap into my inner wisdom, grow from setbacks, and use the experience to learn and develop as a person.
In your opinion, what are the most important qualities or skills that aspiring individuals should cultivate to make a lasting impact in their industry?
Leadership: To lead effectively, you must first be able to lead yourself. This includes setting a personal example, having a good attitude, and knowing your strengths and weaknesses. You must be reliable and trustworthy, focused on the goal yet willing to be flexible and adjust if necessary. Be on time and show up prepared so you respect others' time.
Resilience: Maintain a positive attitude and keep going even when things are tough or you fail. Believe in your ability to overcome any obstacles that come your way. Resilience will also help you learn from mistakes to better prepare for future challenges and grow.
Learn to work smarter, not harder: This idiom means that you should strive to be efficient and practical rather than work hard or for longer hours. This could involve breaking tasks down into manageable chunks, delegating work, automating processes, and strategizing to find the best method for the given task. It also means practicing self-care and avoiding burnout, so rest and recharge are priorities.
Can you share any memorable experiences or encounters that have profoundly influenced your perspective on life and work?
My sister was diagnosed with schizophrenia when she was 20 years old, I was 16. It completely shattered my life. She went from being a beautiful dancer and my best friend to spending the rest of her life in mental institutions. This set me on a lifelong journey to finding mental health answers and solutions. She passed away a couple of years ago, having lost a lifelong battle to shock treatment and medication.
The second most impactful event was when my dance studio caught on fire, and everything I had worked for was destroyed. I lost everything. I realized how important it is not to take the little things in life for granted. I remember feeling a profound sense of loss and sadness after the fire, but it also made me appreciate all the blessings I had in my life. This has influenced my perspective on life and work by allowing me to recognize that I have many skills and life experiences to impact the world positively and not be afraid to take risks and venture out of my comfort zone.
How do you maintain a healthy work-life balance, and what practices or rituals help you stay grounded amidst your demanding schedule?
Self-care is my priority in maintaining a healthy work-life balance.
Strength Training: My first go-to activity to stay grounded, strong, and healthy. It is a priority I adhere to 3 to 4 times a week, rain or shine.
Meditation: I practice Hsin Tao, an ancient form of meditation practiced in the Shaolin temple.
Write: I write about topics I care about to inspire others and remind myself of what matters.
Sauna, massages, nail salon, hair salon, teeth cleaning, all of these are part of my self-care rituals.
I maintain a healthy diet and take high-quality supplements to help me recover from intense workouts and stress. they provide all the necessary nutrients and enable me to wake up refreshed after a good night's rest.
Sleep: I try to sleep 7 to 8 hours a night, and I love taking catnaps.
Cooking: I love creating healthy recipes, cutting fruits and vegetables, and smelling the aromas of fresh herbs from my herb garden.
Spending time in nature, caring for my plants, or walking by the ocean allows me to step away from my busy work life, reconnect with my inner self, and seek solace.
Many people look up to you as a role model or source of inspiration. How do you embrace this responsibility, and what message would you like to share with those who admire your work?
I take great pride in being an example for others. Giving the cards I've been dealt with in life makes me understand that it is my responsibility to help people achieve their full potential and become whole physically, mentally, and emotionally with my acquired knowledge and experiences. I am so grateful for how far I've come.
When opportunities come your way, don't hesitate to say yes, even if you feel overwhelmed or underqualified. Don't try to do everything alone. Getting a mentor can save you time, money, and energy and potentially make the difference between success and failure. Understand that the teacher appears when the student is ready, but the teacher does not always look like what you imagine or expect.
Also, to be an effective leader and source of inspiration, it's essential to be humble and respectful and strive to be the best version of yourself. My parents were both in the performing arts industry, and they taught me to respect the stage and the audience. When you are a leader, the world is your stage, and you need to be an example in all areas of your life, including your health, appearance, and ethics.
We all have the power to impact the world positively. At the end of the day, we all have only two choices: Find a solution or find an excuse.
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Collaboration and networking are crucial in the entertainment industry. Can you talk about any significant collaborations that have shaped your career, and how you approach building relationships with fellow professionals?
I love interdisciplinary cooperation. Collaborating with people with different skills, experiences, and perspectives is invaluable for any project. I connect with other professionals by speaking on stage and being a guest on podcasts and summits, attending events, joining online communities, or chatting with potential collaborators. Working together can create a more prosperous and vibrant environment with more successful outcomes.
What legacy do you hope to leave behind, and what impact do you aspire to make in your industry and beyond?
To create a greater positive impact in the exercise world and ultimately in people's lives, I want to launch The Dr Fitness USA's Ergonomic Strength Training certification program that promotes safer and more potent training protocols for people of all ages worldwide while generating employment opportunities and leaving a legacy for future generations.
As someone who has achieved notable success, what advice would you give to individuals who are seeking to discover and pursue their passion?
Do not be afraid to take risks or try new things – even if they are not the mainstream way of thinking. Trust your gut instinct and follow your heart. Reach out for guidance and advice from those around you who have already found success in their own pursuits. But most importantly, take care of your health – your true wealth and greatest asset. Make strength training a part of your life – it is the fountain of youth and will help keep you strong for many years to come so that you'll be healthy to enjoy all your successes.
In an ever-evolving world, how do you stay innovative and adaptable in your field, and what strategies do you employ to stay ahead of the curve?
I Utilize industry trends and resources for staying current, such as blog posts, conferences and seminars, podcasts, magazines, and websites.
I stay informed about new scientific research and statistics.
I Invest in technology to streamline our processes. Because of that, I’ve been able to become technically savvy and work with clients worldwide online, create exercise plans, track progress, and keep them engaged.
Can you share any upcoming projects or initiatives that you are excited about and would like to highlight?
I recently received my WOSB certification, Women-Owned Small Business, by SBA, enabling me to bid on federal government contracts. I have now submitted applications for city, county, and state certifications, allowing me to expand into new markets and provide corporate health and wellness programs at a larger scale. This is a stepping stone toward my ultimate vision to create the Dr Fitness USA Body Design Ergonomic Strength Training certification program.
How do you give back to the community or support causes that are close to your heart? Can you talk about any philanthropic endeavors or initiatives that you are involved in?
Dr Fitness USA THE SHOW is our way to give back and educate. We give a voice to survivors of tragedies and those who have overcome disabilities. We also provide solutions and knowledge through our guest expert speakers. THE SHOW is designed to uplift and inspire a world of healthier and stronger people and help solve our society's lack of physical literacy. By expanding our vision of exercise, we interface it with medicine, bridging the gap between fitness and medical professionals.
Lastly, what message would you like to convey to our readers and fans who aspire to make a difference in their own lives and in the world around them?
It takes courage and commitment to forge your path and create positive change. Remember to believe in yourself and your abilities, even when facing challenges and doubters. Stay resilient, and don't give up. Prioritize self-care and start strength training today.
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