Black Women Bodybuilding Presents: Sonja Price Herbert

Tell us about yourself

  • Name Sonja R. Price Herbert
  • Age 48 years young
  • Height 5’3
  • Weight 128 
  • Occupation: Pilates Instructor Badass/Founder of Black Girl Pilates

Give us a brief backstory on how you got started on your fitness journey/lifestyle.

(Sonja)  I started working out in junior high but mostly to help with my depression. I was mostly lifting weights and running. During the early part of my 20s, aerobics classes were still in so I would follow the videos. I knew that I wanted to do something in fitness but was not sure how to begin. I found Pilates first and fell in love so I got certified. I also cross train a lot with kettlebells, barbell training, yoga etc.

What struggle did you run into getting started or staying motivated to continue towards your goals?

(Sonja) Honestly, depression has been a deterrent but once I was up I was good. There have been many times where depression won the battle however, I would allow myself time to bounce back. I know that working out makes me feel better so I would end up doing something even if it’s yoga. I also have a group of three friends who keep me motivated and work out a lot. We talk every day and do park workouts in the summer.

What advice do you have for those struggling with motivation to reach their goals or continue with a healthy lifestyle?

(Sonja) Be real with what YOU can do. Give yourself a break when you just don’t feel like it. It’s totally ok. I believe in being real with yourself and your feelings. Find a supportive group of friends who believe in you and being healthy. My squad has been a Godsend and also understand what its like to be unmotivated.

What is your approach to Diet/Nutrition and the role it plays in reaching your goals?

(Sonja) I allow myself to eat something if I’m craving it. I try my BEST to do the 80/20 but sometimes its looks like 20/80 lol. As I have gotten older there are things that I have developed sensitivities too like kale, some fruit, tomatoes etc. so I do stay away from those foods.

What is a typical day of eating like for you?

(Sonja) Breakfast HAS to happen. I big breakfast person and have lately been a pancake junkie. My favorite is Bob’s Red Mill because it is all organic, natural ingredients and owned by the original owner. The employees also have stock options in the company as well. My lunch is typically a good mixture of protein, veggies, and a good carb. Now that does not always happen and plus as a Southern I like dessert sometimes. Dinner is pretty much like lunch but not as heavy because I get home after 8pm most nights.

What is your training schedule like and how do you split your workouts?

(Sonja) My workouts are much different than when I was competing which was done in splits. Now that I am not competing this is what it pretty much what it looks like:

  1. Pilates on the reformer – intermediate and some advanced work; handstand/walkover practice on the ladder barrel and handstands up against the wall – Monday/Wednesdays
  2. I attend a Calisthenics class at my gym Revolutionary Fitness whenever my scheduled allows on Wednesdays but will also do some calisthenics/KBs outside once its warmer.
  3. Yoga is usually on a Sunday for about an hour and half.

Favorite body part to train?

(Sonja) Upper body because I used to have weak upper body.

Can we get a sample of your workout playlist?

(Sonja) I love old school so:

Forget Me not -Patrice Rushen

This is How We Do it – Montell Jordan

Children’s Story – Slick Rick

Push It – Salt N Pepa

Baby I’m A Star – Prince

Little Red Corvette – Prince

Poison – Bell Biv Devoe

Supersonic – JJ FAD

I Go To Work– Kool Moe Dee

Do you take any supplements? If so what do you take?

(Sonja) I only take a multivitamin, iron, and glucosamine, Omega 3,6,9.

What are your staple fitness products for you?

(Sonja) Perform better mini bands, kettlebell, sandbag, magic circle, Pilates Toe exerciser

Favorite food/Cheat meal?

(Sonja) Mac and cheese, biscuits.

One interesting fact about you?

(Sonja) I was a Social Worker for almost 20 years.

Anything else you would like to share with us?

(Sonja) I have two amazing children who are athletes. My 24 year old daughter is a former dancer turned sprinter and my 18 year son is also sprinter. Both of my brothers were athletes in high school but I was not. My youngest brother is an amazing Group Exercise instructor in Dallas, Texas. He teaches Hip Hop and athletic training classes. I recently, started Black Girl Pilates which is platform specifically for Black Pilates Instructors to share ideas, struggles and successes within the method.

For information on whats new with Sonja check out her social media pages below!

Facebook: Commando Core Fitness

IG: Commando Core Fitness Black Girl Pilates 

Twitter: @SonjaRHerbert