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Behind the Muscle – IFBB Physique Pro Duane Brickhouse

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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, DuaneBrickhouse.com.

Instagram: @dbrick11

Twitter:  @dbrick11

Facebook: Duane.Brickhouse

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Elise Neal – Fit Over 50 Interview – Black Fitness Today Exclusive

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Watch our exclusive interview with multi-talented actress, dancer and gym lover Elise Neal! Get the full cover story and find out about Elise’s newest role in Wolverine 3 (Logan) and more about the Elise Neal Body Boot Camp on blackfitnesstoday.com.
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Get an exclusive look at the hot cover shoot with multi-talented actress, dancer and gym lover Elise Neal! Get the full cover story and find out about Elise’s newest role in Wolverine 3 (Logan) and more on the Elise Neal Body Boot Camp on blackfitnesstoday.com.
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How Will “WillDaBeast” Adams Beasted His Way to Becoming One Of Dance’s Biggest Influencers

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He’s elevated dance. His style is highly sought-after. You’ve probably seen a viral video already showcasing his ridiculous choreography. Will “WilldaBeast” Adams is our Fall 2017 cover and we are excited to share the story of such a dope guy with you all! He’s leaving a mark on the industry that will make it tough for others to make any better.

Growing up as a military brat was difficult for Adams. Moving around often, and not feeling a sense of belonging left him questioning his purpose, as he knew he was meant for more. Once he found his love for dance, he took a leap of faith, trusted his talent, and moved to Los Angeles, to become a professional dancer to artists such as Usher, T-Pain, The Black Eyed Peas, working with TV series such as GLEE, X-Factor and more. He’d later go on to build his dance empire immaBEAST that has global impact. His annual conference BuildaBeast Experience 2017 going on now, is hosting over 1000 participants daily, representing countries all over the world.

The energy Adams’ choreography brings is so infectious, you may find yourself watching his YouTube channel for hours, or deciding to try some of his choreography yourself – be careful though – we’re not responsible for any pulled muscles or sore joints that may come from trying to move like that! The fitness level he showcases is one to be admired!

Dance as a career, or outlet, certainly has its long-term benefits. But even dance as a form of cardiovascular exercise, or stress-reliever, can improve our overall physical and mental health. Scientific studies show that dancing helps improve our core, overall coordination, fight symptoms of depression, and can even keep our brains from aging!

Adams’ chatted with us about how he stays in great shape, what sets him apart, and what empowers him to be a beast!

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What was life like for you growing up?

Life was confusing for me growing up. I moved around a lot of places, because I was a military brat. I lived in Virginia, Florida and Indiana for 12 years. I learned to love all people, try new things and was super involved with sports, as well as arts. But I always felt out of place and that I was destined for something more.

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