I'm Dawn Estelle Archer, Fitness Instructor, And This Is How I Workout

Start off by telling us about yourself and your journey so far!
My name is Dawn Estelle Archer and I am 32 years old. I grew up in Richmond, Virginia and I have been a fitness instructor for over five years. I have owned my own gym as well as traveled to all fifty states and a few countries teaching my class.

How did you get into fitness?
I was depressed and overweight when exercised became my therapy.

What's your fitness specialty?
My specialty is dance fitness as a form of therapy.

What's your preferred style of encouragement?
I prefer to encourage my members by being their friend. I listen to them, I am transparent about my own struggles and I give them positive reinforcement.

What would you recommend to someone that is new to the city, or working out, in terms of meeting and connecting with others?
I would tell them to utilize Instagram and to search through the hashtags for local boot camps.

How do you track fitness goals?
I track my goals through photos. I do not like the scale because I believe that it can become obsessive.

What do you track for fitness goals? 
I use my Apple Watch to track my fitness goals.

Who are your fitness icons/mentors/heroes/inspiration?
I don't have many fitness inspirations, but I am encouraged by my peers. I want to be my best self and I encourage people to do the same.

What is your favorite food?
My favorite food is kale. The first time that I tried kale, I sauteed it and hated it. Now I eat it raw with just a light lemon vinaigrette almost every day.

What’s your go-to song or artist at the gym?
My go-to artist is DJ Snake. I love everything that he makes. I think most of my friends are Beyonce fans.

What are three interesting facts about you? 
1. I do not like to touch newspapers.
2. I am terrified of the dentist.
3. I cry very easily.

What is your greatest achievement and how has it shaped you?
My greatest achievements are completing my tour and knowing that I have helped people that may have sunk into a depression. It has shaped me into a more humble person and helped me to heal myself. Giving love is great therapy.

If you could master one skill you do not have, what would it be?
If I could master one skill it would be running. I think running is great for your endurance and is a free activity that requires no equipment. However, I have not mastered it quite yet.

What is the best way to check out your work and provide support?
Instagram: @estellearcher
Youtube: Workouts
Website: www.dawn-archer.com