Notable quote: “It was difficult for me to be employed at the start of my professional career. I have always had a vision and with that came the desire to do things my way and on my terms. My biggest obstacle was overcoming my fear of starting my own business.
Professional background: I have been a personal trainer for 22 years and a business owner in the health and fitness industry since 2008.
Education: Bachelor of Criminal Justice; CS-CPT, 400 plus RYT
Tell us about yourself and your business: I founded Inspired Fitness Training Center in 2008. Inspiring others to find techniques and use tools to achieve their life goals both in and out of the gym is what fascinates me the most. Over the years, I have helped thousands of clients achieve their goals, regardless of their size, shape or athletic level. This is truly my life mission and I look forward to helping others reach their full potential for years to come.
Is there a major achievement over the past year that you would like to share?
The Inspired Fitness Training Center is moving! We are in the process of designing and building the new space, which will double in size and expand our capacity to offer courses and support to members.
I support the athletics department at Analy high school.
What achievement are you most proud of?
Being a wife, mother and business owner are some of my greatest accomplishments. I am also very proud to be the United States Gold Medalist in 2008, 2009 and 2010 in Aerobic Gymnastics, and to have finished 8th in the world in 2009.
What is your biggest challenge today?
My biggest challenge is maintaining a balance between what I love to do while still having time for my friends, family and myself.
Words that best describe you: I am tenacious, passionate, motivated, funny, loving and compassionate.
As a successful professional, what were the biggest obstacles you encountered and how did you overcome them?
It was difficult for me to be an employee at the start of my professional career. I have always had a vision and with that came the desire to do things my way and on my terms. My biggest obstacle was overcoming my fear of starting my own business.
How do you think your profession will evolve over the next five years?
As social media continues to expand globally and shape relationships, people will turn to gyms as a source of human interaction and support. Inspired Fitness has already seen a steady increase in membership numbers due to the services and support we provide to our members, and I expect this trend to intensify over the next five years.
Who was your most important mentor? And tell us a little bit about this person: my most important mentor was my Rocky Gymnastics Coach. He taught me that “that’s not what you did; this is what you are ready to work for. This lesson helped me prepare for competition and overcome the challenges I had to overcome along the way. Coach Rocky instilled a laser-focused work ethic that helped me grow into the businesswoman I am today.
What advice would you give to a young woman entering your profession or the world of work today?
Love what you do. If you don’t like it, you won’t succeed.
Most Admired Business Person Outside Your Organization: I admire the woman who started SoulCycle, Melany Walen. I admire his incredibly strong work ethic of making every day, hour and minute count.
Typical day at the office: After drinking coffee, I train clients, dance to Donna Summer, plaster the walls in the new location, and go about everything else.
Best place to work outside of your office: I love working in my art studio.
Current reading: “Perfectly imperfect” by Baran Baptiste
“Eastern Body Western Mind Chakra System” by AnodeaJudith
“Leaders eat last” by Simon Sinek
“Angela’s Ashes” by Frank Mcorut
Most want to meet: Melany Walen
Social networks you use the most: Instagram
Anti-stress: You can find me singing inappropriately in public, dancing, and sometimes having a good old glass of champagne.
Favorite hobbies: painting, writing and, of course, practicing #duh