In our monthly profile series Meet the Trailblazers, Fitbit seeks to increase diversity in the world of wellness and fitness by featuring the voices of POC trailblazers leading these industries—industries that have long disrespected voices like theirs.
For our November profile, we’re highlighting the incredible work of Taylor Walker, certified personal trainer, holistic health coach, fitness model and creator. Taylor Walker Ft. We’re excited to share our conversation with Taylor about how she got started in the fitness and wellness industry, her brand and its message to all women.
As long as he can remember Taylor Walker, its creator Taylor Walker Ft, had a passion for movement and dance. This led her to earn a master’s degree in K-12 physical education and become a professional dancer and fitness model. When she won a nationwide fitness model search out of 3,000 applicants, it inspired her to not only work with brands in front of the camera, but to create legitimacy and a voice of her own within the industry.
Taylor launched her brand as a fitness-focused blog where she shares her journey to healthy living. As she touched new milestones in her personal life, such as marriage then motherhood, her brand adopted these elements as well. today, Taylor Walker Ft A versatile wellness collective and has become a trusted resource for fitness, wellness, nutrition and, as Taylor puts it, “how to conveniently live a healthy life.”
“Since the conception of Taylor Walker Feet (TWF), I have had one goal and that is to connect with all Women,” says Taylor. “Although I’ve evolved in my life over the past eight years, my mission remains the same. I truly hope to inspire those who follow me to embrace the chaos in their lives, move their bodies, and eat yummy food!
Read on to learn more about Taylor and our Q&A with her about “healthy convenience” and the importance of representation in the fitness and wellness industry.
FITBIT: You describe yourself as “conveniently healthy.” Where did it originate and what does it mean to you?
Taylor: When I started TWF, my slogan was: “Eat burgers. Sit back and love the happy healthy life you love and deserve. Being conveniently healthy allows the space to be imperfectly perfect—something social media doesn’t do well. In a place that glorifies perfection and fad diets, I want to encourage my followers to make small yet consistent changes in convenient and healthy ways.
FITBIT: Balancing both a holistic and pragmatic approach to fitness is a key part of your brand. What does a balanced lifestyle mean to you?
Taylor: Balance is the ultimate dream, right? Unfortunately, this is usually a difficult thing to cultivate. Instead, I like to say “live in the flow”. This means riding the ebb and flow of life and finding joy throughout your day, choosing whole foods where you can, moving your body in a way that feels good for you, getting 7 to 8 hours of sleep, but also a glass of wine and The perfect pasta dish. It’s about training because you love your body, not because you hate it. It’s freedom to be you, no matter what.
FITBIT: What advice would you give to someone who is just starting their fitness and wellness journey?
Taylor: Try not to compare yourself with anyone. Small consistent habits lead to big changes over time. Find a movement style you like and set reasonable goals. Don’t expect change to happen overnight and be gentle with yourself. Also, mental health should be prioritized just like physical health. Often, if you care about what’s happening upstairs, motivation and consistency for the physical will follow.
Fitbit: You’ve written about your journey in the industry as a biracial woman. Why, in your view, is representation so important?
Taylor: Close your eyes and picture a little girl: everywhere she goes, at the hair salon, at the pharmacy, looking at magazines, playing with dolls, doing makeup at her friends’ houses, nothing mirrors her. Beauty as he knew it only comes in one form. What does that say to him? I will tell you. It says that her brown skin and unruly curls are not beautiful. So she straightens her hair and just asks for a peachy skin doll instead of just bringing it up to look like her.
Growing up as that biracial brown girl, I had none of those things, and it’s like the quote “You can’t be what you can’t see.” So representation is important in a big way.
FITBIT: You’re a certified personal trainer, holistic health coach and fitness model, all on top of running a successful brand. What would you say is the most fulfilling part of the work you do?
Taylor: When I can help women on a deeper level. Motherhood has been the most humbling experience for me. I suffered from postpartum anxiety with my first and postpartum depression with my second.
When I’m willing to be vulnerable with the women who follow me and dig into the nitty gritty and encourage them to ask for help and they do! They go to therapy, get medication and work. To have the honor of normalizing this for other women is the greatest gift I have ever dreamed of.
More recently, I have added hypno-birthing childbirth education classes to my schedule and am a doula in training. I look forward to supporting and educating families for years to come!
FITBIT: We’re so glad you’re a part of the Fitbit family! Can you tell us your favorite features in your Inspiration 3?
Taylor: I like the variety of exercise modes. I do all kinds of classes, work out at home, and walk and run with my kids. So, I love variety! Also, I swim with my kids a few times a week and I don’t have to worry about taking it.
Learn more about Taylor and her brand taylor walker ft. Check out her website and follow her on Instagram at @TaylorWalkerFit.
This information is for educational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for medical diagnosis or treatment. You should not use this information to diagnose or treat a health problem or condition. Always check with your doctor before changing your diet, changing your sleeping habits, taking supplements, or starting a new fitness routine.