Over the last two years, I have been fully engulfed in the fitness industry. I have loved it and still do but I have come to realize that in order to make a real go at it you need to be working hard all the time, thinking of your next move before your current one is over, and networking with a great group of like-minded, supportive people. The social media world, and Instagram specifically, make fitness seem like such an easy world to enter into, but let’s remember that those beautiful photos are not taken when we are truly grinding the most.
Like many of you who may be finishing school and trying to make your mark on the world, we are often left wondering how do we do that? For me, I am lucky that I found my passion for fitness and helping people early on so I was able to establish relationships and build experience while still in school. But, don’t be fooled - I have been in this industry for 6 years now and I still feel like a beginner. Regardless of your field and how much you know, things are constantly changing and there are still so many things we just don’t know! My best advice is to continue learning, whether that be from your peers, courses, books, or online resources.
My biggest obstacle lately has been risk versus reward. My dream is to solely work for myself. I want to run classes, offer workshops and events, and develop a personal training clientele that I have created for myself. I am a dreamer through and through but I sometimes need the reminder of what is realistic at the current juncture. Sometimes slow and steady wins the race as you develop a community, clientele, and following that will serve you for the long haul.
So what is next for me? I have decided that in order for me to take the next big step in my career, I need to move on from old experiences and create some new ones. I am saying good bye to teaching at the University of Toronto, a place I have spent 7 years learning and teaching fitness. It was a wonderful starting point for me but I am excited to take my experience and apply it to a new situation. I am starting my own Pilates classes! I am running more events and workshops to offer more to the Discover You community!
And how do I feel about it all? Nervous AF! I am excited for the new adventures I have planned but terrified that I will fail. Will people show up? Who knows - you don’t until you try! In the past I have been more of a perfectionist, worried about everything going right all the time. Now, I try to take every new opportunity as a chance to learn, develop, and adjust to make the next class, event, or workshop that much more successful for not just me but for those in attendance.
Still on the fence about making a big move in your life? Just do it! With hard work and an open mind, the risk will eventually pay off into a great reward. Remember though, that it isn’t always about what is portrayed via social media channels that will establish you in your field, it is the stuff behind the scenes and the relationships you build and nurture that will lead you where you dream of going.
Below is a list of upcoming events happening in Toronto if you would like to support me in my new adventures! See you there!
Fully Fearless - THIS Saturday March 24th @ Calii Love. Click here to reserve your spot!
Weekly Pilates classes - Mondays from 6-7pm beginning April 2nd*
Barreworks Best You Series - Saturday April 7th and 14th 1:30-3pm. Click here to reserve your spot! Information is under the "Workshops" tab.
Boxing Class event - Sunday April 15th 1-2:30pm @ Sully’s Boxing Gym*
*contact firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve your spot today!
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