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Personal Trainer Simone Williams, 33, Heals Through Hiking and Heavy Lifting

Hiking can do more than build muscle and lower cholesterol. Challenging yourself to reach new heights is transformative, improves your mood, and builds confidence. Just ask Mbalmayo, Cameroon-born and New York raised personal trainer Simone V. Williams. After experiencing a tragic family loss, she turned to fitness and bodybuilding to prioritize her health.

Her lifelong commitment to fitness has led her to a passion for inspiring others through movement. Keep reading to learn more about the avid hiker.

“Movement is medicine.”

Tell us how your winning photo came about?

My winning photo was taken at Mount Wilson Peak, California. It was a 15.11 miles round trip and 4627 ft elevation gained. So I was climbing the whole time like the StairMaster but more challenging and with a great view.

Please briefly share your fitness journey with us. 

I have always been more or less active my whole life. That’s how I entertained myself growing up. However, when I moved to the states, it wasn’t the same. About three years after I moved to the states, my older brother passed away. We never knew what caused his death. Since then, I vouch for taking as good care of my health as possible. Since I didn’t do any outdoor activities here, I would go to the park, the gym, and I did what I knew at the time. While in grad school, I got more into heavy lifting. One thing led to another, I started competing in the bodybuilding bikini category, and while competing, I became a personal trainer.

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

I haven’t taken that many group classes; however if I had to pick one, it would go with anything around boxing/HIIT.

While working out is essential, so is eating the right foods. What is your go-to pre-workout meal?

Oatmeal with fruits and peanut butter.

How do you refuel after a workout?

Honestly, it all depends. It can be anything from a homemade protein shake to a burger.

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

Burts Bees Chapstick ($3.29, Target)

What are your top 3 fitness Instagram accounts to follow?

  1. @prettygirlssweat
  2. @afrogirlfitness
  3. @popgugarfitness

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

I’m so not a pet person, and I will never have one.

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

  1. Add to someone’s life
  2. Summit Mount Kilimanjaro
  3. Keep taking care of my family.

What does PRETTY GIRLS SWEAT mean to you?

So sweating doesn’t always mean it was the best or right workout or, not sweating doesn’t mean you didn’t work out enough. However, I sweat so much, and I love sweating during my training. It gives me a lot of gratification, so PRETTY GIRLS SWEAT gives me all the validation I need. 

Since PRETTY GIRLS SWEAT, what is your favorite deodorant?

Secret ($4.99, Target)  

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

You can follow my journey on my Instagram account at @simonelovesfitness.

Don’t be afraid to reach out and ask me questions about starting on your fitness journey or if you’re in Los Angeles or visiting and need hiking recommendations, let me know!

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