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Behind the Muscle – IFBB Physique Pro Duane Brickhouse



duane brickhouse, IFBB Physique Pro

If you had to describe yourself using five words, what words you choose?

  1. Confident – I have learned that success follows hard work, and I’ve never been afraid of doing the work.
  2. Focused – When I zero in on what I’m trying to accomplish, I tend to block everything out except for that goal.
  3. Relentless – Similar to the focus, once I know what I want, I don’t stop.
  4. Content – I still have many things that I would like to accomplish, but I have become very happy with where I am in life, both personally and professionally.
  5. Accountable – As a black male that is a parent, a husband, and in a senior position in corporate America, I feel the (self-imposed) responsibility of being a role model.

Where are you from?

I’m from Ettrick, Virginia and I went to school at the University of Richmond.  After graduation I moved to Maryland and have lived here since 1998.  Maryland has a lot to offer, but every now and then I get the urge to move back to Virginia in order to be closer to my parents.

What’s your 9 to 5?

I am one of the Vice Presidents of Finance for Maxim Healthcare Services.  We provide a variety of different services in the healthcare sector throughout the United States.  I have been here since 1998 and I have grown with the company from an entry level associate to my current position.  Although I do not provide direct patient care, it’s a great feeling to know that the company that I work for is helping to improve the lives of others.

How do you balance the demands of your career and being an IFBB Pro with being a devoted husband and father?

I look at it as an opportunity to impact others.  People are always telling me that they can’t get in the gym or eat well because they have kids, they travel, they have demanding jobs, they are too old, etc.  By making it all come together, it gives me a chance to set the example of what is possible.

It can be tough, but as long as you have your priorities straight and stay organized, it simply becomes a way of life.  My parents set a great example of how to be there for your family, so that always stays a focus.  It’s especially important to me being that I have all daughters.  I want them to know that their father is always there for them.  Obviously things happen and you can’t be at every event, but I make sure that I am there when I can be.

Over the past few years, a significant amount of travel has been added to my job responsibilities.  I enjoy the opportunity to get away from my desk and get more involved, however it of course adds a bit of challenge.  It all comes down to being prepared.  I travel with my food, call ahead to request a refrigerator and microwave, and scout out the local gyms so that I make sure I stay on point from a training perspective.

Lastly, none of it would be possible without my wife, Cristina, being a partner and supporting me along the way.  She plays a significant role in everything I do.

What is something you enjoy outside of fitness?

Outside of family and work, I probably focus the most on shoes and comic books.  I have a separate shoe closet and I have boxes filled with shoes throughout the house.  It started with Jordans and has transitioned to different brands that I wear casually and of course, different types of training shoes.  Right now, I’m a big fan of Kobe’s and Steph Curry’s line.  My latest shoe venture has me trying to introduce my wife and one of my daughters to the shoe game!

My brother introduced me to comic books many years ago and much like the shoes, I have boxes throughout the house.  I’m primarily a Batman fan, but I’m really enjoying all of the superhero based movies and television shows that are out right now.

Favorite quote:

“It’s never too late to be what you might have been” by George Eliot.  I found this quote when I started to compete and it has really stuck with me.  Personally, it speaks to the fact that I started my competition career at a fairly late age, but as the quote says, it’s never too late.

How can people stay connected with you? 

I’m fairly active on social media, especially Instagram.  I also have my website,

Instagram: @dbrick11

Twitter:  @dbrick11

Facebook: Duane.Brickhouse

Ilen & Lauren Bell are the husband and wife team behind Black Fitness Today, born, in 2011, out of their motivation to change culture, build a platform and lead the charge. Their purpose is to help change the culture towards health and fitness in the African-American community, showcase those who are making an impact, and promote healthier living. They also aim to serve as a platform for African-American fitness and health professionals and enthusiasts who are otherwise overlooked in traditional fitness media.

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Recap: 2018 Finding Ashley Stewart Event

Watch our recap of the 2018 Finding Ashley Stewart Finale Pink Carpet at the King’s Theater in Brooklyn, New York.



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The 2nd annual Finding Ashley Stewart Contest searched around the U.S. in search of a diva who personifies Ashley Stewart and everything she stands for: kindness, resilience, confidence, community and fashion! In the video below, Finding Ashley Stewart host and comedian Loni Love, 2018 Miss Ashley Stewart winner Tiffany Gosa-Flamer, journalist and author Soledad O’Brien, DJ Kid Capri, actress Andrea Rachel-Parker, Real Housewives of Atlanta’s Peter Thomas, Essence Editor-at-Large Mikki Taylor and Naughty by Nature all talk with BFT contributor Ryen Watkins about the importance of this competition and how Ashley Stewart is immersing themselves into the communities that support the brand.

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Episode 5: The REAL Bow – Dr. Rainbow Barris

On ‘Black-ish’ Success, Marriage, Motherhood and Living Healthy Her Way!



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We had the great pleasure to chat with The REAL Bow – Dr. Rainbow Barris for episode 5! Click on the link in this article to listen! And, read on to see more info on your chance to enter to win a copy of her brand new book!

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In this episode, we get right into our interview with Dr. Rainbow Barris, who is the inspiration behind the character Rainbow Johnson on ABCs hit show ‘Black-ish’ and author of Keeping Up With the Johnson’s – Bow’s Guide to Black-ish Parenting. It’s hard enough to maintain a healthy lifestyle period – let alone as wife of director and writer Kenya Barris, being a medical doctor and raising six children! But Barris has found what works for her and wants to encourage other women balancing family and career to find what works uniquely for them! Plus, we talk about the show, Mr. & Mrs. Barris’ recent $1 million donation to Clark Atlanta University, and what life is like for her now. Don’t miss this!

Beginning Friday, June 29th – you’ll be able to enter to win a copy of Barris’ book! Stay tuned to our website, and Facebook and Instagram pages.

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Episode 4: Leah Uko – Journalist on Fox 11 Los Angeles + Bodybuilder

Los Angeles area native Leah Uko is back home working as a nightside reporter, as seen on Fox 11 Los Angeles. But she’s also a bodybuilder preparing to step on stage again this fall. Learn more about her journey, why she loves to bear arms on camera, and why discipline and journaling keep her motivated and determined to reach her goals.



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