On Instagram, it can be easy to get consumed in the world of trivial things. Between sponsored posts and highly stylized accounts, it’s hard to tell what’s real and honest. And, even though we have nothing against a great Instagram feed, it is refreshing to see an authentic approach, especially when it’s comes from a fitness-driven account.
Chinae Alexander is the type of friend every #girlgang needs to have in their circle. She’s ambitious (she owns her own event business), hilarious, and has a kick-ass Instagram account called GetFitBrooklyn (yeah, you know, the one that has over 100k. NBD). And, while it might make sense to categorize her as a fitness guru, her world involves much more than that. For Alexander, life isn’t about having rock hard abs, a stellar career, or a perfectly curated Instagram feed; it’s about waking up every day, being happy in your own skin, conquering the world one step at a time. It’s about embracing the good with the bad and challenging yourself even when you feel defeated and weak. She encourages women to be the best versions of themselves instead of comparing themselves to others. Alexander is more than just an event designer and a fitness guru; she’s raw and is the ultimate badass, and we couldn’t be happier for her to join #TeamBossBabe. Plus, when somebody describes their body as 70% tacos, you know you’re going to get along just fine.
We had the pleasure of hanging out with Chinae at Chinatown, where we talked about her two businesses, what her favorite fitness fashion brand is, and what she believes her failures have taught her. Meet your next BFF (for like ever), Chinae Alexander.
Born in Korea, raised all over Texas
Go-to NYC spot for a tasty, healthy meal:
Ultimate song to get you going in the morning?
I’m always up for any A Tribe Called Quest record but gimme the “Thong Song” and I’m not leaving the dance floor (or the privacy of my bedroom dance party).
Quote that keeps you motivated:
“Champions aren’t made in the gyms. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them — a desire, a dream, a vision.” – M. Ali
Spin class or weight class:
Weights… alone! (I’m kind of a gym hermit.)
Fitness fashion brand you can’t get enough of:
You might say I’m biased because I’m on team Adidas but they’ve seriously revolutionized the way women see themselves and athletics.
Instagram account you’re currently swooning over:
I actually have been obsessed with @ohmynessa for a while now and I got the best surprise when she was the photographer behind my shoot for TTS. She takes the average and makes it wonderful.
You’re a multidisciplinary entrepreneur who not only owns your own event planning company, but is also a badass fitness guru. Can you tell us what your day-to-day like and how you balance both professions?
Honestly, it’s a dance… one that I’m still figuring out. I’ve only been an entrepreneur in both fields for a little over a year, and my fitness stuff happened as a complete accident. I didn’t intend to start two businesses simultaneously, but life had a different plan for me.
For the first six months it was so hard to reconcile that just because I wasn’t sitting at a desk, that I was still working. It’s not unusual for a day to consist of planning a large scale brand launch, doing a fitness photo shoot, and getting salads with an Instagram stranger (who then becomes a friend). Not one day in the last year has been the same as another. It’s been a process of getting comfortable with the flexibility and fluidity of having a lot of shit going on.
If you could host the perfect party, who would be there, what would you serve, and where would it be?
I have a passion for dinner parties 100%. The best moments in my past have been those times lingering over an empty table, bellies full, and slightly (or very much) buzzed on wine. This fall I’m hosting a dinner of interesting people (all strangers to each other) at my new home that’s based on my other passion… storytelling. Each guest will bring a dish that has a story attached and we will start the meal sharing our stories. I’m printing menu cards for guests to take home with each recipe and the contact details of the storyteller. It’s all about creating intimacy and connection.
With over 100k followers on Instagram, what is the type of message you’re trying to evoke through this platform?
I want to create a space where people can feel free to be their wild, wonderful (sometimes freaky) selves. Whatever that looks like. I get letters from women saying they’ve left mundane careers to pursue their passions based on the themes of my page. Women who have hated their bodies, who have started to see themselves as beautiful for the first time. Women who have had hard relationships with other women, who start to believe that girls can truly be FOR each other. This is a place for people who want to be fit, free, confident, and downright badass.
Why do you feel your fitness journey resonates with so many people?
I try to be completely transparent with my community. I have no qualms about admitting to falling face first into a pizza or being hungover AF. Losing a lot of weight is part of my story, but honestly, I don’t really focus on that much at this point because it doesn’t define me or what success looks like to me. I want people to know that no matter what the state of their abs are in, that they deserve to be good to themselves. And that they are pretty fucking amazing for even trying. I don’t want people to come to my page and say, “I want to BE her,” I want people to come and say, “I want to be friends with her.”
Did anybody influence you to start your own journey?
I actually sorta started just as a challenge to myself. I didn’t actually see myself as fat or unhealthy but I totally was. (My body was like 70% tacos at that point). I committed and never looked back. Update, I still do not have abs.
Ultimate way to spend the night off?
As long as my time off involves people I love, I don’t care what I do. Sometimes it’s having a dinner party, sometimes it’s staying at a hip hop party until 3am, sometimes it’s catching up on the phone with a friend that lives far away. I’m pretty simple.
Your blog and Instagram are both about harnessing your inner badass. How do you personally follow this mantra in your daily life?
I just started living by the thought that “if this scares you, you should probably do it.” My other life mantra is “be kind… but take no shit” so there’s also that, ha! I think that when you start to actually see your worth, you stop settling for less than you deserve. Whether that be in work, relationships, or creatively.
Are there any lessons you’ve learned along the way after creating your event planning company and throwing over 50+ parties?
I’ve learned that to be a boss, you have to be willing to do anything that you ask the people working for you to do. If plates need bussing, you better believe I’m picking them up. If boxes need to be unpacked, hand me a box cutter. If a guest is having a wardrobe malfunction, I’m ready with boob tape. Never be too good for grunt work. Being the boss is about setting a humble example, it’s not about exerting power.
What have your failures taught you to help you grow into the ultimate Boss Babe?
I congratulate myself every time I fail because it means I tried SOMETHING. Failure is just getting one step closer to winning in my options. It sucks but it’s vital.
Any advice for future Boss Babes, especially those who are looking to enter into the fitness world?
Don’t pay attention to what other people are doing, thinking, saying, or creating. Do your own thing. Have your own vision and message and stay on track. Don’t sell your soul for followers, money, or new business. You only get one.
Photographer: Vanessa Granda