Georgia State University junior Maiya Newton has become an integral part of the downtown Atlanta school’s community since enrolling as a freshman in 2015. The Computer Information Systems and Management Sciences major not only runs cross country and track during the school year, but she is also a key player in our sweat sisterhood. Maiya founded the PGS chapter on her campus in Fall 2016 and currently serves as captain where she works to promote PRETTY GIRLS SWEAT’s health initiatives and help her fellow students achieve their fitness goals.
We recently chatted with our GSU captain about her fitness journey, experience playing sports on a college level, and more. Keep reading to get the rundown on Maiya’s life.
1. Why did you choose to attend Georgia State University and what do you hope to accomplish upon graduating?
I didn’t choose Georgia State University, Georgia State chose me. Upon graduation, I plan on working in the IT department for a sports company (Under Armour, ESPN, etc.) and ultimately owning largely successful businesses in real estate, fitness, etc.
2. Can you give us a summary of your fitness journey?
I began running Track and Field in the 7th grade. I had never run before then and fell in love. Afterwards, I was introduced to Cross Country (XC) during my freshman year of high school. I ran Track and XC all throughout high school and took several weight training classes as well. Unable to run during my freshman and sophomore year of college, I remained active by founding the Georgia State Chapter of PRETTY GIRLS SWEAT, got a fitness attendant job, became an Instructor at the Georgia State Recreation Center and trained and ran unattached at several meets in Atlanta. Eventually, I was able to run XC and Track and Field for Georgia State.
3. Why did you want to start a PRETTY GIRLS SWEAT chapter on your campus?
I wanted to start a chapter at Georgia State to remain active and involved in fitness.
4. What has been the most rewarding part of being a PGS captain?
The most rewarding thing of being a captain is that I was able to start something that is bigger than me and leave my legacy on Georgia State’s campus.
5. What challenges have you had throughout the experience of being a captain, and what advice would you offer to anyone interested in being an ambassador or captain?
My biggest challenges would be membership intake due to our marketing strategies. I would advise someone that is interested to make sure they have a marketing plan so that you are able to reach youR campus community so you are able to have interested members and also make sure that your PR/Marketing ambassador is really good! (Social media and marketing are essential.)
6. You are currently on the track and field team at GSU. What has it been like participating in a sport at a college level?
Technically, I haven’t started running Track and Field just yet but I just ended my first collegiate XC season. Overall, the experience has been very interesting. It definitely forces me to step outside of my comfort zone and ultimately makes me a stronger person.
7. What workouts do you do to keep your body in tip-top shape for XC/track meets?
Currently, I do a lot of long-distance training (800s,1 mi repeats, 2mi repeats, 45 min runs, weight training).
8. What advice have you received from coaches and/or teammates about training for XC/track?
I guess I could say that I’ve learned from my coach to keep going and it might hurt now but the reward is better and it will make you stronger.
9. To stay full and focused during your long days, what snacks or meals do you typically eat?
I drink a lot of water. I have actually started packing my lunches on the go which consists of sandwiches and fruit and a few other healthy snacks.
10. What songs get you pumped up for track meets and sweat sessions?
I like to listen to really hood songs. So currently, “Doin Too much” by Moneybagg Yo and Yo Gotti and "I get the Bag" by Gucci Mane ft. Migos are my current go-to, and the Migos’ Culture album is always a fave.
11. What does PRETTY GIRLS SWEAT mean to you?
I believe that PRETTY GIRLS SWEAT means that you’re pretty when you work hard and accomplish your goals.