We had the good fortune of connecting with Marquita Robinson and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Marquita, do you have a favorite quote or affirmation?
D.R.I.P is an acronym that my brand revolves around, and it stands for “drive rapidly increasing performance”. One of my favorite quotes that I love to pair with this acronym in order to help the next person further understand is “Once a person discovers their ‘why’ their motivation expands.” I love this quote, because yes, it is normal as a human being to lose motivation, because you are not perfect. However, as long as you are able to remember your ‘why’ you can pick yourself right back up! This is the progress to that magnificent goal you have been trying to reach. It is not going to always be pretty, and that is just the hard and honest truth. When times get tough keep pushing, you just can’t see what is ahead, but it is far greater than you could have ever imagined. Do it for you!

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I believe what sets me apart from others is my educational background. I have a bachelor’s degree in psychology, and a minor in health. I also have a certification in not only personal training, but nutrition as well. My degree in psychology plays an important role in my career, because it allows me to educate my clients or supporters on the importance of building mental toughness in order to exceed and reach their highest potential physically. My certification in nutrition sets me apart from other fitness trainers, because most fitness trainers are only capable of or choose to only focus on designing safe and effective fitness programs. I have the advantage of focusing on not only fitness, but the fundamentals of nutrition, and how living a healthier lifestyle improves the mental state as well. It was not an easy journey, because it is not very easy to get complete strangers to believe and trust in you just as much as you believe in yourself. I overcame self doubt and negative talk by understanding that everyone starts someone. The worst thing that I could do is compare myself to others. I realized that no one could ever be me, or bring what I bring to the fitness industry. Once I stopped worrying, and solely focused on me everything my heart truly desired began to unfold. The desire that I had been searching for was always within. I want the world to know that I did not always believe that I could make my passion my career, but I now understand that if you use your strength, passion, and dedication to reach every single one of your goals you can and you will make it your reality.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I believe in Houston we have some of the best places to have a good time. Of course we would start off with brunch at State Fare, they serve the biggest pancakes I’ve ever seen in my life. Another healthier option for brunch would have to be First Watch, they have delicious drinks that are loaded with vitamins such as the Kale Tonic or the Morning Meditation. For lunch or dinner we would definitely have to stop by Lotus, Lost and Found, Pappadeaux, or Heads and Tails , because I am a seafood lover. When it comes to drinks or hanging out I love a place with a vibe, and nice esthetics, because of course when you look good you feel good, and when you’re going somewhere with a nice decor you will definitely want to look good in order to take photos. A few places that I would have to stop by for a drink and a good time would have to be Tikilas, Social Beer Garden, Kamp, Clarkwood, and Shoot The Moon. Houston is loaded with amazing and exciting places to visit, however if I had to choose some of the most interesting places to check out here are the Space Center, Spa World, Rooftop Cinema Club Uptown, IPIC Theaters, and Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I’m super blessed, so most importantly I would like to thank God for everything that has happened in my life this far, and all of the blessings that will continue in the future. One person that has supported my brand since the very beginning, and encourages me throughout doubtful times is my very supportive and loving husband. He has hugged me tight, watched me succeed, seen me fail, cheered me on, and most importantly kept me strong throughout this journey of entrepreneurship. My parents and family are truly a blessing, I am thankful for the love and support that they have always given me, especially as a child, which has molded me into the person that I am today. Now that I am expecting my first child, I would like to dedicate every accomplishment I make to my future princess.

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Image Credits
Jared Robinson

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