Born and raised in the Magic City, Michelle Bertran founded FierceFit shortly after graduating from the University of Miami. Now she is taking her studio to the next level with franchise opportunities. We caught up with Bertran for a Quick 10 interview, but you can also follow her on Instagram – @mjb_fiercefit.

Tell us about yourself – where are you from and how did you find your way to the 305?

I was born and raised in the beautiful 305. I was a dancer from age 4-22, then I took on volleyball and soccer in high school. I went on to study broadcast journalism with a minor in Spanish at the University of Miami, and was on the Sunsations Dance Team. Shortly after graduating with my B.S., I founded FierceFit Bootcamp.

How did you get your start in fitness and as an instructor?

At the age of 14, I wanted to be more fit and strong for dance and for my sports. I started off with a personal trainer at LA Fitness and never looked back. Over the years, I have had a pretty varied fitness routine. I have switched between isolation workouts, Crossfit, Olympic weightlifting, spinning, yoga, HIIT, you name it. However, HIIT/Bootcamp is what was just for ME and it is what I have been focused on for the past four years.

What is your favorite part of being a fitness instructor?

My favorite part about it all is making a positive change in the world. Not to mention, helping people better their health, lifestyle and self-confidence.

How do you stay full of energy throughout the day?

Being an entrepreneur really always has me occupied and on my toes, but coffee or (sugar-free) energy drinks will always do the trick.

What is one fitness myth you would like to bust?

That you need to cut carbs in order to lose weight or trim fat. The right carbs are friends, not enemies.

Other than where you teach, where is your favorite place in Miami to train?

I love going for runs and crushing an outdoor workout on a beautiful day alongside the ocean in Brickell Key. The vibe there is just amazing.

Besides fitness, what’s one thing you’re passionate about?

Real estate. Random, I know. But real estate is so interesting to me. I go on my Zillow app at least once daily.

What are you excited about right now?

I’m excited about the fact that FierceFit Bootcamp is now franchising. Keep an eye out for a new location near you.

What is the one thing you do every day to stay fit?

I drink at least 1 gallon of water every day, no matter what.

How do you practice mental health in your everyday life?

I go for long walks with my dog and sit by the ocean.