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From Excavating to Exercising Noel Davis Didn’t Let a Car Accident Crush Her Goals

When her life changed drastically, the archaeologist turned fitness entrepreneur focused on changing people’s lives for the better.

From the moment she reached her tween years, Noel Davis dreamed of studying human history by pursuing a career in archaeology. She got a step closer to her goal while studying anthropology and geological science at Rutgers University of New Brunswick and archaeology at Manchester University in England. These opportunities led to her scoring her first federal project in Philadelphia on I-95 in 2014.

A year later, a traumatic accident changed Noel’s life forever. She lost strength in her back, and the now 29-year-old has a bulging disc that causes pain down her legs from time to time. Physical therapy helped, but a doctor in mid-2016 recommended that she start training her core to strengthen her back, giving her hope that she could continue archaeology.

While working as an environmental instructor in Camden, NJ, for a year and a half, Noel’s love for health and fitness grew. The Willingboro, NJ native then decided to get certified after many recommended becoming a personal trainer and birthed her business “Paris Fit” on September 1, 2017. Keep reading to learn more about the Archaeologist / Gym Owner.

Tell us how your winning photo came about? 

I am an Under Armour influencer, and they needed a photo for my influencer review on the website! 

Please briefly share your fitness journey with us.

I’m an archaeologist turned personal trainer and now a gym owner. Over the years, my company Paris Fit LLC has been able to teach at senior centers, grade schools, and universities. In addition, I’ve talked on panels, at fitness expos, co-host on the local news, and much more. Previously, I helped raise money for CHOP Philadelphia Walk/Run for Childhood Cancer and donated and hosted back-to-school drives. In addition, I collected over 1000 toys from my 3rd Cardio Holiday Challenge/Toy Drive. In January 2020, I opened my first fitness studio in Old City, Philadelphia, where I now record for my live stream classes, host classes, and offer personal training. Working with companies such as XOD network, Boxed Water, NIKE, WPBA, and Under Armour has allowed me to expand my brand while creating new opportunities for others to grow their love for health and wellness.

We believe fitness + friendship = FUN! So what is your favorite group fitness workout?

My favorite group fitness classes are HIIT workouts. 

While working out is essential, so is eating the right foods. What is your go-to pre-workout meal? How do you refuel after a workout?

I love a good fruit salad or a kale strawberry protein shake. It’s my go-to pre-workout meal! Then, I refuel after a workout with an avocado salmon salad. 

What is one item that is always in your gym bag?

My AirPods! Everyone needs motivation, and music is mine! 

What are your top 3 fitness Instagram accounts to follow?

  1. @prettygirlssweat 
  2. @drellejinfit 
  3. @dr.robinb

What is one thing people would be surprised to learn about you?

I did my first Archaeological dig in Italy, where I lived for a whole summer. I discovered a hidden staircase while I was there!

What are the top three goals you hope to accomplish in life?

The top 3 goals I hope to accomplish in life are:

  1. getting my products in stores! 
  2. to make it on National Television to share more about health and rehabilitation to help more people.
  3. to open multiple locations of my fitness studio Paris Fit across the nation.

What does PRETTY GIRLS SWEAT mean to you?

PRETTY GIRLS SWEAT means that women are taking over, and we are taking our self-care journey to the next level!  I am so happy to add to this world of fitness by having a beautiful pink gym that encourages more women to feel like they belong in the gym and to feel more empowered while they are here. Fitness is the Future, and we all deserve equal opportunity when it comes to creating a better version of ourselves. 

Since PRETTY GIRLS SWEAT, what is your favorite deodorant?

I love Secret deodorant spray. ($6.47,

How can readers stay in touch with you on social media?

You can follow me @parisfitphilly or our gym @parisfitstudios.

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