What is Gutted Fitness?
It's no secret that as black people, we work 10x harder to climb the ranks and secure the bag but are still a labeled threat. On top of that, family and hood politics leaves us confused, frustrated and anxious as we shift into black adulthood.
Gutted Fitness promotes wellness for young black adults. Our method of supporting black excellence comes by highlighting the various experiences of the black community and encouraging those that seek to be trailblazers to “Get Gutted”.
Followers of Gutted Fitness, known as the Gutted Gang, will be empowered to:
Unravel and combat strongholds that create negative habits and behaviors in their life.
Discover self-care techniques, with an emphasis on stress management, that can be used to prioritizes a self-defined, high quality of life.
Join and/or develop a community to “do” life with.
Gutted Fitness unites individuals through our shared black experiences. We explore adulting, alternatives to poor coping habits, life and stress management, emotions and triggers, quality of life and self-care practices. Since we know that the Black community isn’t ne dimensional, programming is designed to account for those with varying interests, such as physical fitness, creative arts, financial literacy and more.
Meet the Owner
Certified Fitness Trainer and MF Mogul
I'm just a young, ghetto black city planner with boocoo degrees from South St. Louis trying to make peace with her past, present and future and preserve safe places to just be black.
When I'm not somewhere being a mogul, I'm probably turnt up and twerking with myself in my apartment, trying new recipes, watching some gang drama, or criminal mastermind shows on Netflix or shooting the shits with Black folk in a hood near you. You know, chill shit.
Why Gutted Fitness?
Hi! I’m Christie Renee!
I started Gutted Fitness on the basis of a traumatizing but common experience...a breakup.
Yeah, go ahead and clown me, but while you're at it, think about how that can have a mental toll on an individual. Then think about how that grows to negatively effect the body, mind and overall quality of life/happiness. That’s what happened to me. WTF was life?
At the time of the breakup, I was already feeling lonely and exhausted during a big transition phase of your early 20s-- I was a recent first generation graduate, working full time with no car, still living out of state, and had some friendship breakups.
When the one person I felt could I lean on for mental and emotional support switched up and triggered childhood triggers and self- doubt, the shit sent me into deep depression. I rehashed childhood feelings and thoughts of worthlessness, or that I was unwanted. It seemed like had to prove I was worthy of love and would likely not win it anyway. I felt misunderstood, voiceless, and stupid. I felt too much and like I had bitten off more than I could chew with living alone out of state, now with no friends. I felt hopeless by the day, lost all energy or drive to do anything, and became a hermit. That wasn't me at all. I mean for real, they called me HuSTLe at school cuz I was always on the move.
As I went through that dark time, I discovered that the pain wasn’t as much about the person that broke up with me as it was about the childhood pain I was reliving. I started questioning my thoughts: Why do I feel worthless or unwanted? Where do I find my value? Who's opinion matters in my life and why? What do I want in my friendships and romantic relationships? How do I see myself in the next 5 years? I really started to shift my thinking, let go of all things that weren't serving me, like negative thoughts, and even started doing things that helped me think or made me feel good, like going to the gym, coloring, cooking, traveling.
One day at a time, I began to lift of out that abyss, and had a better outlook on life. I knew if I never wanted to experience that pain after that break up again, and if I was to get the life I wanted, I was going to have to detox, define and unwind: I'd have to grow through and let go of my childhood triggers and shift my mindset and start living my own best life. I made it too far at that point to give up and let that time of my life be the end. So I kept going.
Now, I ain't got all the answers but I'm here to show you that you're not alone in the bullshittery of life. Contrary to what you believe, you can be happy and at peace without having to sacrifice self.
As you explore the Gutted lifestyle with the Gutted Gang, you’ll walk through a full wellness experience that touches on a variety of topics that affect the black community. You’ll learn about alternatives to coping with poor eating, physical inactivity, drug and alcohol abuse and even suicide. Though Gutted highlights physical activity as a form of stress release, we'll explore other options for coping and personal growth, like playing an instrument, coloring or producing art work, travel, lit events and more to help you find your peace and community.
Certifications: AFAA-CGF, BOSU, CPR