Using fitness as a tool to work through grief, Philly personal trainer pushes women to transform their bodies and their minds


In a photo, Morgan Burrell stands on the Philadelphia Museum of Art steps, flexes her bicep, and looks down in reverence as the sun catches her shadow. The Philly entrepreneur created her online fitness, coaching, and mindset business, Get Mo Phit (Physically Healthy & Internally Tenacious) with the goal of helping women transform their overall health.

Burrell is an athlete and dancer, who after an injury fell in love with going to the gym and working out. Get Mo Phit, started as an Instagram page for Burrell’s Spelman College sisters who asked her for her workout routines and tips for navigating the gym.

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Get Mo Phit founder Morgan Burrell. Photograph courtesy of Morgan Burrel.

The gym provided a “predictable” and “safe” space for her in college. In May of 2019, Burrell was on track to graduate and attend law school. But a month before her graduation, Burrell’s mother died of lung cancer — and her life plans shifted. She became an ISSA certified personal trainer and an International Sports Conditioning Association-certified Nutritional Coach and transformed the Instagram page into a specialized coaching program designed for grieving women to transform health and fitness into a lifestyle.

Burrell recognizes that her experience with grief provides her with “another lens on life.”  When her mother died, Burrell experienced a “huge perspective change.” She sank into feelings of anger and resentment. It was not until she learned how to practice forgiveness and humility that she was able to shift from feelings of depression and despair to feelings of purpose.

Get Mo Phit especially serves Black women, some of whom have lost a parent, been diagnosed with an illness or suffer from low self-esteem. Burrell says the individualized programs are rooted in a sense of grounded purpose to empower women to commit to daily routines, to be held accountable for their overall wellness, and to feel a sense of abundance and self-love.

“My purpose is to attract, inspire, influence, and educate people to live a life of health,” Burrell says. “Because of my own pain, I am able to help others to live.”

Physical, mental, and spiritual health are the goals of Get Mo Phit’s 3-, 6-, or 9-month programs, which are rooted in the foundational principles of forgiveness, humility, kindness, self-control, and love.

For more information, visit Get Mo Phit or look for Burrel’s new book: “Finding Your New Normal: How Anyone Can Make Health & Fitness into a Lifestyle.”

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