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The Fitness Insider

The Fitness Insider

By Natalie Wolfe
The Fitness Insider is a show about all things fitness, but also health, wellness and living a more optimized life. As the co-founder of a fitness tech company, Natalie Wolfe (@thatfoodiegirl) has learned all about how gyms operate, witnessed lots of trends come and go and met fascinating people along the way. On this podcast, you will hear from gym owners, career trainers, wellness industry disruptors and other experts in the field. You can expect insight and tips on everything from starting your own business to how to fuel your body right, how to detox your home & more.
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Episode 42: Brenden Schaefer, founder of Bright Bar, on the ins and outs of starting a protein bar brand
Episode 42 is here, and I’m excited to introduce my guest Brenden Schaefer. He’s the founder of CEO of Bright Bar, my new favorite refrigerated nut butter-based protein bar. We talk about how he started Bright Foods, why he started it, the first iteration of the bar, the ups and downs and some very savvy entrepreneurial tips. In this episode, we talk about: how he started Bright Bar and his “why” the first iteration of Bright Bar and how he knew it was time to pivot what makes Bright Bar so special how he views competition the hardest part about being in the protein bar business what’s next for Bright Foods his tips to those who want to start their own food brand & more All about Brenden: Brenden first got into health and fitness in college when he started running and fell in love with the way he felt. Soon after he started swimming and then doing yoga, continually searching for more and more of that energy and that feeling of tingly feeling of being alive that exercising delivered. At the same time, he was developing a love for food and cooking and thought for a time about becoming a chef, experimenting with different combinations of ingredients and riffs on traditional recipes. At first these two sides battled, with one looking at food through the lens of "what's healthy? What makes me feel good?" And the other asking, "what's interesting and new and different? What's delicious and takes me on a journey when I eat it, what makes me forget where I am and just escape into pure sensory delight?" Over time, he realized he could combine the two into a career in the natural foods space creating food to fuel active living. Five years ago, he founded Bright Foods with the mission of making it easy and delicious to eat whole, plant-based, nutrient-dense food on the go. Bright Bars are refrigerated protein bars that taste like vegan cookie dough, have an incredibly clean ingredient list, are sweetened with fruits and organic agave nectar, and support a healthy gut and immune system. They're now distributed in Whole Foods, Sprouts, Central Market, Amazon and through the company's website, www.brightfoods.com.  Where to find Brenden: His email: brenden@brightfoods.com BF IG: https://www.instagram.com/eatbrightfoods/ Order: https://brightfoods.com/  (use code “natalie15” to get 15% off) Don’t forget to subscribe so you’ll see each new episode as soon as it arrives every other Wednesday. If you enjoyed this episode, please head to Apple podcasts and leave a review and a rating. Subscribe to my newsletter here. No spam, just fun stuff, new episodes, giveaways & sharing products. If you’d like to follow along updates with this podcast, be sure to follow me here: @thefitnessinsiderpodcast oh and also here @thatfoodiegirl.
40:09
July 14, 2021
Episode 41: Josey Greenwell, chief curriculum lead of Barry’s, on all things Barry’s and why you look so good in that mirror
Welcome to episode 41! Today’s guest is the curriculum lead at Barry’s, Josey Greenwell. Barry’s is an upscale boutique fitness studio focused on high intensity interval workouts, toning muscle and maximizing fat loss with a combination of running and weights. In this episode, we chat very openly about the truth behind the mirrors and lighting in the “red room”, his advice to those who feel intimidated by boutique fitness classes, what it has been like launching in Austin, what makes Barry’s so special and more. Let’s get into it. In this episode, we talk about: what Barry’s is and why it is so special Josey’s role as a chief curriculum lead how it’s going at the Austin, TX pop-up how Barry’s fared during the pandemic shut-downs the climate of fitness now his advice to those who feel intimidated by Barry’s & similar gyms the truth about the mirrors/lighting at Barry’s & more All about Josey: Josey Greenwell is originally from Kentucky, he moved to New York and joined the Barry’s team in 2015, bringing along his years of Nashville songwriting and performing in the country music industry, combined with a passion for group fitness and weight training. He now lives in Austin, Texas where you can now work out in the Barry’s pop-up studio. He has been featured on numerous magazine covers as well as inside top men’s fitness and fashion publications both in the U.S. and abroad. As a social media trailblazer, you can find Josey interacting and staying in touch with over 230k+ followers with ongoing fitness and style posts. Relentless hard work and having an ambitious soul are what he has found to be the keys to success, whether pushing a song through the Billboard charts or pushing the final rep out of a heavy squat, it’s all about effort. “The hour you’ll spend in class with me is an experience second to none, and if the workout doesn’t leave you wanting more, my playlists certainly will!” Where to find Josey & Barry’s: Josey’s IG: https://www.instagram.com/joseygreenwell/ Barry’s IG: https://www.instagram.com/barrys/ Barry’s X: https://www.barrys.com/barrys-x/ Book a spot with him: https://www.barrys.com/schedule/austin/ Don’t forget to subscribe so you’ll see each new episode as soon as it arrives every other Wednesday. If you enjoyed this episode, please head to Apple podcasts and leave a review and a rating. Subscribe to my newsletter here. No spam, just fun stuff, new episodes, giveaways & sharing products. If you’d like to follow along updates with this podcast, be sure to follow me here: @thefitnessinsiderpodcast oh and also here @thatfoodiegirl.
33:49
June 30, 2021
Episode 40: Britta Noble, former studio owner & founder of Social Distance Sweat, on owning a franchise & more
Episode 40 is a fun one because our guest is one of my best friends, Britta Noble. She’s a fitness industry expert, past owner of a Pure Barre studio and now owns and operates Social Distance Sweat. We stay (mostly) on track in this episode, but certainly dive right in—and Britta will tell you the truth! She talks about what it was like owning a Pure Barre studio, the good and bad of owning a franchise, her advice to those who want to own their own gym, how the fitness landscape has changed over the years, giving ourselves grace through our different fitness seasons and more. It’s a great one, guys. Let’s get to it. In this episode, we talk about: Britta’s experience buying a Pure Barre franchise and owning & operating a studio the ins and outs of fitness franchises (the good & the bad) her advice for those wanting to start a gym or buy a franchise how she sold her Pure Barre studio her new outdoor sculpt classes, Social Distance Sweat her thoughts on how fitness has changed and what it might look like going forward her own fitness journey and the idea of giving ourselves grace through our different seasons of life & more All about Britta: Britta is a fitness lover, instructor, mom of 2 (and 3/4), wife, and general lover of all things healthy living. As the former owner of Pure Barre Preston Hollow (2014-2018), she has taught thousands of Pure Barre classes and also holds her certification in Yoga Sculpt through Corepower Yoga. Her current fitness endeavor, celebrating its first birthday this Summer, combines elements of barre, yoga, and HIIT in various outdoor East Dallas locations. Dubbed “Social Distance Sweat,” the concept came to life when many were craving the social interaction and external motivation during Covid-induced indoor studio closures; today, it remains with a loyal following as a way to enjoy the great outdoors while getting a great workout - all in 45 minutes. When not encouraging her classes to sink one inch lower in their squat, Britta enjoys exploring the outdoors with her husband (arguably way more fit than she — three-time Ironman triathlete, ultra-marathoner, and CrossFit fiend) and two kids - Summit and Camilla - all while trying to squeeze in as much travel and adventure as possible before Baby 3 makes her arrival in August. Where to find Britta: Social Distance Sweat classes: https://www.instagram.com/social.distance.sweat/ Britta’s IG: https://www.instagram.com/britta.noble/ Don’t forget to subscribe so you’ll see each new episode as soon as it arrives every other Wednesday. If you enjoyed this episode, please head to Apple podcasts and leave a review and a rating. Subscribe to my newsletter here. No spam, just fun stuff, new episodes, giveaways & sharing products. If you’d like to follow along updates with this podcast, be sure to follow me here: @thefitnessinsiderpodcast oh and also here @thatfoodiegirl.
59:06
June 16, 2021
Episode 39: Annie Tam, Licensed Professional Counselor, Owner of Mend Counseling, on mental health and re-entering the post-Cvd world
Hello and welcome to episode 39! Grab your glass of kombucha or lace up those shoes and get ready for a much-needed conversation about your mental health. Yes, you. Today we are joined by Annie Tam, a licensed professional counselor and owner of Mend Counseling based in Dallas, Texas. We talk about stress and anxiety and the current mental health crisis happening in the wake of the pandemic. She gives actionable tips on how to calm those anxieties during this new phase of re-entering the “real world”, when to call on help for your own mental health and what you can expect from a counselor. This is a message we all need to hear. Hope you enjoy it—and if you do, share it with a friend! In this episode, we talk about: how Annie got into mental health & started Mend Counseling the current mental health crisis the anxiety & stress around re-entering the world after a year of quarantine tips on how to combat the stress when it’s time to seek help & what you can expect from a counselor how to refocus, recenter and revitalize your mental health & more All about Annie: Annie Tam is a Licensed Professional Counselor, the owner of Mend Counseling and cofounder of A+K Retreats. While working in France after college, she discovered her passion for helping others mend their brokenness and uncover their potential. Since then, Annie has spent the last 16 years working in schools and private practice doing just that—helping individuals connect to themselves and rock their lives with authenticity and intention. Annie specializes in working with mothers and young women in building self-confidence, discovering and embracing their identity, and creating a purposeful, wholehearted life. She has an active, humorous, and direct approach to counseling and coaching and is motivated by seeing change and growth in her clients. Annie is also certified in EMDR which she uses to address trauma, disordered eating, and enhance performance. In 2020, she cofounded A+K Retreats, which provides “momchic” renewal retreats for the everyday mom. When Annie is not working, she can typically be found trying to keep up with her two rambunctious boys, labradoodle and husband, enjoying a pilates or spin class, or checking out a new restaurant around town. She loves strong coffee, anything French, and being outdoors. Where to find Annie: Mend Counseling: https://www.mend-counseling.com/ A+K Retreats :https://www.aandkretreats.com/ https://www.instagram.com/mendcounseling/ https://www.instagram.com/aandkretreats/ Don’t forget to subscribe so you’ll see each new episode as soon as it arrives every other Wednesday. If you enjoyed this episode, please head to Apple podcasts and leave a review and a rating. Subscribe to my newsletter here. No spam, just fun stuff, new episodes, giveaways & sharing products. If you’d like to follow along updates with this podcast, be sure to follow me here: @thefitnessinsiderpodcast oh and also here @thatfoodiegirl.
56:26
June 2, 2021
Episode 38: Dr. William Sears, well-known doctor & author, on the importance of Omega-3s and eating the “right” fats
Welcome to episode 38 of The Fitness Insider podcast! Today’s episode is very special as I am honored to have been able to have an insightful conversation with Dr. Bill Sears, MD. He’s a doctor and author of over 45 books, the co-founder of the Dr. Sears Wellness Institute where I received my health coaching certificate and he has appeared on countless shows such as Oprah, 20/20, Good Morning America, The Today Show, Dateline and many more. He’s the expert on taking the science of nutrition and health and making it simple and fun. In this episode, we talk all about Omega-3 fats, what they are, why they’re important, brain health, your “internal pharmacy” and more. Let’s get right to it. In this episode, we talk about: our internal pharmacies & how we can unlock them what omega-3 fats are and why they’re important what to eat to get more omega-3s into our diets supplements and how to tell what works and what doesn’t how to keep your brain sharp (and prevent debilitating diseases) the gut-brain connection & more All about Dr. Sears: William Sears, M.D., has been advising parents on how to raise healthier families for over 40 years.  He received his medical training at Harvard Medical School’s Children’s Hospital in Boston and The Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, the world’s largest children’s hospital, where he was associate ward chief of the newborn intensive care unit before serving as the chief of pediatrics at Toronto Western Hospital, a teaching hospital of the University of Toronto.  He has served as a professor of pediatrics at the University of Toronto, University of South Carolina, University of Southern California School of Medicine, and University of California: Irvine.  A father of 8 children, he and his wife Martha have written more than 45 books and countless articles on parenting, childcare, nutrition, and healthy aging.  He is the co-founder of the Dr. Sears Wellness Institute for training health coaches, and he runs the health and parenting website AskDrSears.com.  Dr. Sears and his contribution to family health were featured on the cover of TIME Magazine in May 2012.  He is noted for his science-made-simple-and-fun approach to family health. Where to find Dr. Sears: Ask Dr. Sears IG Dr. Sears Wellness Institute His website A few things we mentioned: Omega-3 Effect book by Dr. Sears The Healthy Brain book by Dr. Sears Endo pharmacy video Juice Plus Don’t forget to subscribe so you’ll see each new episode as soon as it arrives every other Wednesday. If you enjoyed this episode, please head to Apple podcasts and leave a review and a rating. Be sure to follow me: @thefitnessinsiderpodcast & @thatfoodiegirl. 
55:36
May 19, 2021
Episode 37: Helen Hall, founder of Blender Bombs, on how she grew her company with just $300
Welcome to episode 37! In today’s episode, I bring you along to a conversation with Helen Hall, the founder of Blender Bombs. Blender Bombs is a nutrient dense superfood “bomb” designed to make your smoothie a meal replacement— and they come in a bunch of delicious flavors. Helen tells the inspiring story of how she started this company (which now graces the shelves of Whole Foods, Costco and more) with just $300. She gives us a peek insider her very different and fun lifestyle, and explains what the “80/20 rule” means to her and how she lives her life with this intention in mind. Let’s get to it! In this episode, we talk about: what Blender Bombs is and the new products why she started Blender Bombs (and how) her personal outlook on health and the 80/20 lifestyle how she got BB into Whole Foods how to incorporate BB into your life & more All about Helen: Helen Hall is originally from Atlanta, GA and graduated from the University of South Carolina in 2015. Upon graduation, she moved to Charleston, SC where she started her first business, Blender Bombs, with just $300 and a goal to make getting the proper nutrition through smoothies easier for all. Since then, she has gone on to become a serial entrepreneur and pioneer in the health and wellness space. Where to find Helen: Her IG Blender Bombs IG A few things we mentioned: Buy your Blender Bombs here: https://blenderbombs.com/ and use code “thefitnessinsider” for 15% off! This episode was brought to you by: Organifi, a collection of organic, high quality superfoods and adaptogens delivered in tasty powders that can be whipped up into beverages for every time of day. Use code “nataliewolfe” to get 15% off your order. Don’t forget to subscribe so you’ll see each new episode as soon as it arrives every other Wednesday. If you enjoyed this episode, please head to Apple podcasts and leave a review and a rating. Subscribe to my newsletter here. No spam, just fun stuff, new episodes, giveaways & sharing products. If you’d like to follow along updates with this podcast, be sure to follow me here: @thefitnessinsiderpodcast oh and also here @thatfoodiegirl.
48:25
May 5, 2021
Episode 36: Megan Lyons, board certified holistic nutritionist, on why blood sugar levels matter
This one is for all you health and nutrition nerds—myself included! This episode is a fun and informative conversation with Megan Lyons, board certified holistic nutritionist and founder of The Lyons’ Share Wellness. She walks us through what blood sugar is and why it matters for your health, as well as her super intriguing experience using a continuous glucose monitor on her arm. She gives actionable steps on how to improve your blood sugar balance, and signs yours may be out of whack. Let’s dive in! In this episode, we talk about: all about her business The Lyons’ Share Wellness and how she works with her clients what blood sugar is and why it matters her experience with a continuous glucose monitor and what she learned from it signs our blood sugar is out of whack and what we can do to combat that healthy snack ideas for balancing your blood sugar how to be successful at meal prepping & more All about Megan Lyons: Megan Lyons has shared her game-changing approach to wellness with thousands of people through personalized health coaching, corporate and group wellness programs, and motivational and educational speaking. As founder and owner of The Lyons’ Share Wellness, she’s deeply passionate about inspiring others to feel their healthiest and happiest. Megan received her undergraduate degree from Harvard University and her MBA from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. She is also a graduate of the Institute for Integrative Nutrition, has a Masters in Holistic Nutrition from Hawthorn University, and is Board Certified as a Holistic Nutritionist. She lectures widely at hospitals, corporations, and organizations. When she’s not health coaching, you can find her doing all types of workouts, cooking, reading, traveling, and cheering on the Dallas Mavericks. She currently lives in Dallas with her husband, Kevin, and adorable dogs, Maverick and Riley. Where to find Megan: Her IG: https://www.instagram.com/thelyonsshare/ Her FB: https://www.facebook.com/TheLyonsShareWellness/ Work with Megan/ The Lyons’ Share Wellness This episode was brought to you by: Organifi, a collection of organic, high quality superfoods and adaptogens delivered in tasty powders that can be whipped up into beverages for every time of day. Use code “nataliewolfe” to get 15% off your order. Don’t forget to subscribe so you’ll see each new episode as soon as it arrives every other Wednesday. If you enjoyed this episode, please head to Apple podcasts and leave a review and a rating. Subscribe to my newsletter here. No spam, just fun stuff, new episodes, giveaways & sharing products. If you’d like to follow along updates with this podcast, be sure to follow me here: @thefitnessinsiderpodcast oh and also here @thatfoodiegirl.
54:28
April 21, 2021
Episode 35: Daniel Nicholson, CEO of Nada Moo, on the story of the best dairy-free desserts
There’s nothing more exciting than a story about a super successful brand that has truly made it, and began with such small humble beginnings, purely looking for a way to solve a problem for their own family. Nada Moo is the best dairy free dessert out there— if you’ve tried it, you know! Based in Austin, Texas, you can now find Nada Moo at most major grocery stores across the US. In this episode (35), I sat down with Daniel Nicholson, the CEO and President of Nada Moo. He’s been with the company for nearly 15 years, so he has some super cool stories to tell about how the brand grew and also some of the ins and outs of being a dairy free ice cream brand. It’s not as simple as you’d think! Alright let’s dive right in. In this episode, we talk about: what Nada Moo is and what it’s looked like over the years exciting turning points for the company based in ATX how they make their dairy free ice cream taste so good what regenerative farming is and why it matters to Nada Moo how they got into Whole Foods right off the bat what’s next for Nada Moo & more All about Daniel Nicholson: Daniel Nicholson graduated from the University of Texas at Austin in 2007 with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Soon after, Daniel left for Madrid, Spain, as he was accepted into the Fundacion Consejo Espana-Estados Unidos program. The program landed him with a 9-month job with Iberdrola Renovables, where he enjoyed working in the sustainable energy sector, as he had a desire to be a part of the industries of the future. When the program was completed, he moved back to Austin and began reconnecting with his friends and his Austin network. It was at this time that he was introduced to a product that would change the trajectory of his life. Daniel discovered NadaMoo!, for himself, in 2008 after an introduction he received to the founder and her CFO business partner. Since immediately falling in love with the product and brand, NadaMoo! has become his sole focus for the past 13+ years. He started as the Controller, and after 3 years of this accounting, operations related work, the founder of the company was ready to step out to pursue other opportunities. In that moment, after much thought and reflection, Daniel decided to step into the role of President & CEO, and he never looked back. Since 2011, the company has grown its revenue over 50x, from being distributed in just a few hundred stores to now when it is in over 10,000 stores nationwide, and it is beginning to be distributed more widely in Canada. NadaMoo! has been the driving force, for Daniel, to help build awareness around health, wellness, and sustainability. These are the problems he and the NadaMoo! team want to continue to solve. Where to find Daniel: His IG: https://www.instagram.com/nadamoodan/ Nada Moo IG: https://www.instagram.com/nadamoo/ Nada Moo FB Nada Moo website This episode was brought to you by: Organifi, a collection of organic, high quality superfoods and adaptogens delivered in tasty powders that can be whipped up into beverages for every time of day. Use code “nataliewolfe” to get 15% off your order. If you’d like to follow along updates with this podcast, be sure to follow me here: @thefitnessinsiderpodcast
54:16
April 7, 2021
Episode 34: Brit Shimansky, founder of Britsbarre, on her on-demand virtual studio
Welcome to episode 34! Today we sit down with Brit Shimansky, also known as Britsbarre on Instagram. She has an awesome following on IG, and she teaches at a local studio in Austin called Mod Fitness, and now she’s working on her very own project. Brit is excited to be launching an on-demand virtual studio so she can reach more people—and it’s going to be GOOD. Join us in this chat to learn how she’s getting her on-demand platform off the ground, her pre and postnatal specializations and why those are important and much more. In this episode, we talk about: how she came to be a barre professional in Austin, Texas what pre and postnatal fitness training looks like and why she thinks it’s vital combating the pressure of “bouncing back” post-pregnancy her new on-demand virtual studio, Britsbarre & how things work behind the scene what you can expect from Britsbarre & more All about Brit Shimansky: A former professional ballerina in New York City, Brittany discovered barre while rehabbing from a serious ankle injury. Her fitness career began at Flywheel Sports where she quickly became one of the most in-demand Master barre instructors in NYC. During her tenure at Flywheel, she became the Northeast Regional Manager of FlyBarre and trained hundreds of barre instructors around the country. In 2017, Brittany arrived in Austin, TX. She became the Director of Training for Mod Fitness, an instructor for Equinox, a National Academy of Sports Medicine certified personal trainer, and a pre/postnatal certified trainer. This Spring Brittany is launching her Britsbarre on-demand virtual studio which will deliver a premium boutique fitness class experience in the convenience of your home. Where to find Brit: Her IG: https://www.instagram.com/britsbarre/ Her FB: https://www.facebook.com/Britsbarre Join Britsbarre list: https://britsbarre.com/ This episode was brought to you by: Organifi, a collection of organic, high quality superfoods and adaptogens delivered in tasty powders that can be whipped up into beverages for every time of day. Use code “nataliewolfe” to get 15% off your order. Don’t forget to subscribe so you’ll see each new episode as soon as it arrives every other Wednesday. If you enjoyed this episode, please head to Apple podcasts and leave a review and a rating. Subscribe to my newsletter here. No spam, just fun stuff, new episodes, giveaways & sharing products. If you’d like to follow along updates with this podcast, be sure to follow me here: @thefitnessinsiderpodcast oh and also here @thatfoodiegirl.
47:38
March 24, 2021
Episode 33: Dr. Kate Naumes, Naturopathic Doctor specializing in women’s health, on all things fertility, pregnancy, PCOS, hormones & more
In this episode, we talk about: what a naturopathic does and how Dr. Naumes got into it (+ how to find one) tips on what to take/eat before TTC (trying to concieve) when to get off the pill top things to do when TTC how to select a prenatal vitamin what steps your spouse/partner needs to take pregnancy— how to beat nausea in first trimester, whether ultrasounds are safe C-vid vaccine— things to consider if pregnant or TTC postpartum depression & how to detect it infertility— when to see a doc (naturopathic and/or fertility doc) miscarriage what a healthy menstrual cycle looks like & more All about Dr. Naumes: click here. Disclaimer: Kate Naumes operates in Texas as a wellness consultant, not as a physician (MD, DO). These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration and any recommendations or supplements Dr. Naumes provides are not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any disease. This podcast episode is for informational purposes only, please consult with a licensed healthcare professional for your health care. Guidance for Covid-19 continues to evolve. Please see the CDC for the latest. Where to find Dr. Naumes: Her IG: https://www.instagram.com/katenaumesnd/ Dr. Naumes’ website: https://naumesnd.com/ A few things we mentioned: Find a naturopathic doc near you: https://npfinder.aanp.org/ Find a Texas naturopathic doc: https://txand.org/Find-a-Doctor Thorne prenatal: here Taking charge of your fertility: here This episode was brought to you by: Organifi, a collection of organic, high quality superfoods and adaptogens delivered in tasty powders that can be whipped up into beverages for every time of day. Use code “nataliewolfe” to get 15% off your order.  Don’t forget to subscribe so you’ll see each new episode every other Wednesday. Please head to Apple podcasts and leave a review and a rating. Subscribe to my newsletter here. Follow me here: @thefitnessinsiderpodcast
01:24:14
March 10, 2021
Episode 32: Hensley Ellefritz, boutique fitness consultant, on what it takes for a gym to truly thrive
Welcome to episode 32 of The Fitness Insider podcast! Today’s guest is Hensley Ellefritz, the founder of her own Hensley Ellefritz Fitness Consulting. Not only does she have a cool name, but she should legit consider writing a book about how fitness studios can optimize their brands and businesses. She’s extremely well spoken and has so much information and advice to give—and a decade of success in fitness sales, so she’s seen some things in her days. She helps gyms successfully launch, grow and thrive through her own methodology that is proven to work. This episode is perfect for any studio owners out there as well as anyone in the fitness industry—or if you’re just curious to see what goes on behind the curtain. Beware: we nerd out pretty hard in this one. In this episode, we talk about: how she started her consulting company after over a decade of experience in fitness sales and training what her company does for clients some of the issues studios have & how to remedy them which gyms will survive this pandemic and why how to navigate pricing/membership how we feel about “doing doubles” at studios what metrics studios should be using for success—price per visit or overall revenue per client? what’s most important for your fitness brand to thrive realness on sexy studio instructor photoshoots her thoughts on virtual fitness if you want to open a gym, when is the best time All about Hensley: Hensley lives in Dallas, Texas and is the founder of her own consulting company called Hensley Ellefritz Fitness Consulting. She began her career at Equinox, then the fastest growing premium fitness brand in the U.S. Earning consistent recognition as a top sales performer within the brand, she spent subsequent years at the sales helm over two of the largest household boutique fitness brands. Hensley worked closely with hundreds of studio owners, most of whom wanted to expand their business success but didn’t have an approach or methodology to deliver predictable results. Having listened to their stories and partnered in their journeys, she developed her own methodology to help boutique fitness studios successfully launch, grow and thrive. She’s packaged her 10 years of knowledge working with three of the most well-known fitness brands, into three 12-week programs, targeted toward the three primary challenges I’ve witnessed studios struggle with. Her programs will drive you fast and long-lasting revenue. And she has the proven track record to back it up. Where to find Hensley: Hensley’s IG: https://www.instagram.com/h.e.n.s.l.e.y/ Hensley’s Consulting FB: https://www.facebook.com/hensleyellefritzfitnessconsulting Hensley’s website: https://www.hensleyellefritz.com/ This episode was brought to you by: Organifi, a collection of organic, high quality superfoods and adaptogens delivered in tasty powders that can be whipped up into beverages for every time of day. Use code “nataliewolfe” to get 15% off your order. Subscribe to my newsletter here. No spam, just new episodes, giveaways & more. My IG: https://www.instagram.com/thefitnessinsiderpodcast/
57:58
February 24, 2021
Episode 31: Henry Richardson, founder of DEFINE body & mind, on the power of positive mindset and what every business owner's top concern should be
And we’re back with episode 31! I called it episode 32 in the actual episode—ignore that :)  Our guest today is Henry Richardson, the founder of DEFINE body & mind and Supermom CBD.  He’s one of those go-getter, infectious positive energy kind of entrepreneurs who is always creating something exciting and inspiring. Not only is he a super successful founder with 17 locations in his franchise, but he’s also an expert in positive psychology. I’m not sure about you, but I needed this pep talk, and we could all use some tips on how to harness our positive mindsets to be happier and more joyful even during a pandemic and tough times. One of the coolest things about Henry is that he has never boxed himself into one category. He proves that you can follow multiple passions and still be successful and live a happy life. In this episode, we talk about: how a platform diving accident led him to yoga how DEFINE got its name and how he started it (and franchised it) his advice for those wanting to start their own business (or who have just started) how to make the best decisions for your business how to keep things fresh in a saturated market his new CBD company & how to find the best quality CBD how to train our minds to be more positive when the world seems everything but All about Henry: Henry’s entire mission for starting DEFINE was centered around service and education. His goal is to educate clients on how to live their best life in body and mind. Through this, he hopes to build sustainable health and wellness communities that share their sense of positive emotions, engagement, meaning, and accomplishment to everyone they interact with. It is DEFINE’s belief that using a holistic lifestyle approach to wellbeing is the most effective way of creating physical and inner strength goals, as defined by them. Henry is a native Houstonian, and DEFINE was conceived through his personal journey of integrated body-mind pain management and post-graduate study. He is deeply committed to individuals living their absolute best life, in an effort to be contributors towards community wellbeing. Henry is constantly focused on developing new programs, products and relationships to continue to lead the industry and break further ground in the mind, body, spiritual, and positive psychology arena. Where to find Henry: Henry’s IG: https://www.instagram.com/define.henry/ DEFINE body & mind website: https://definebody.com/ DEFINE body & mind’s IG: https://www.instagram.com/definebody/ Links to some things we mention in this episode: Supermom CBD: https://www.supermomcbd.com/ This episode was brought to you by: Organifi, a collection of organic, high quality superfoods and adaptogens delivered in tasty powders that can be whipped up into beverages for every time of day. Use code “thatfoodiegirl” to get 15% off your order. Don’t forget to subscribe! If you enjoyed this episode, please head to Apple podcasts and leave a review and a rating. Subscribe to my newsletter here. 
58:40
February 10, 2021
Episode 30: Mada Leigh Lavey, influencer & fitness trainer on how to detox your home and her new virtual fitness platform
In this episode, we talk about: her background and how Mada Leigh blog came about her tips on how to detoxify your house and move toward a more non-toxic home favorite clean beauty brands supplements she and her family takes her brand new virtual fitness platform how her fitness routine has been impacted by Covid meal planning tips what’s next for her & her family All about Mada: Mada Lavey is a personal trainer, mama, and lover of all things health and fitness. She’s from Celina, Texas and graduated from TCU in Fort Worth. Mada got certified in personal training and led bootcamps and classes with her friends her senior year of college. After college, she moved to Dallas and did personal training and then began instructing at a few boutique fitness studios in the area. She also loves to cook and started The Defined Dish with her sister Alex, where she was focused on the “defined” portion of the blog, the fitness aspect. Mada ended up focusing on her new (at the time) marriage and starting a family and has come full circle back to her fitness program by just launching her own virtual training platform. She loves clean living and non-toxic beauty, baby-led weaning and all things health and fitness. Where to find Mada: Mada’s IG: https://www.instagram.com/mada_leigh/ Mada’s website: https://madaleigh.com/ Book a class: https://madaleigh.com/fitness/#book-class-anchor Links to some things we mention in this episode: Outdoor workouts in East Dallas (Social Distance Sweat with Britta: here | Spin mop: here |Follain candle: here |Branch Basics: here |Honest mascara: here |Saie | Crunchi foundation: here | Ilia tinted serum: here. (for the rest, click here). This episode was brought to you by Organifi. Use code “thatfoodiegirl” to get 15% off your order.
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January 27, 2021
Episode 29: Wellness Predictions for 2021 (and a review of 2020)
Welcome to the final episode of 2020, Episode 29! Today is a solo episode where I (Natalie, your host) walk you through the wellness predictions for 2020 and comment on those as well as reveal Well + Good’s wellness predictions for 2021. I’ll save you all the reading time and you can just listen. I did a lot of research and took lots of notes to touch on the most important aspects of each prediction so you don’t have to. Hope you enjoy. Let’s get this party started! In this episode, we talk about: wellness and fitness predictions for 2020 and comment on whether I think those were correct or not (you can listen back to episode 4 to hear all of the 2020 predictions) well+good’s 2021 wellness predictions for the home, beauty, fitness, health and more Where to find Natalie: Natalie’s IG: https://www.instagram.com/thatfoodiegirl/ TFI Podcast IG: https://www.instagram.com/thefitnessinsiderpodcast/ TFI Website: https://www.thefitnessinsiderpodcast.com/ Some links I mention: Well + Good’s 2020 Predictions: https://www.wellandgood.com/2020-fitness-wellness-trends/ Well + Good’s 2021 Predictions: https://www.wellandgood.com/fitness-wellness-trends/ This episode was brought to you by: Snack Magic: https://www.snackmagic.com/ To see what I got in my last box: https://www.instagram.com/tv/CGsoVbdHxhS/ **You can now order a special Fitness Insider Snack Stash!! Head to www.snackmagic.com and click the Fitness Insider stash. Use code “TFIstash” to get 5% off your box. If you’d like to choose your own snacks, se code “thefitnessinsider” to get $10 off your first box. ** If you enjoyed this episode,  please head to Apple podcasts, subscribe (so you’ll see each new episode!) and leave a review and a rating: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-fitness-insider/id1485908967#see-all/reviews. This helps others discover my podcast and also provides me with some much needed feedback :)
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December 18, 2020
Episode 28: Brandi Marino, founder of BEYOND Studios, on being a pioneer in the fitness industry and how she franchised her business
Welcome to Episode 28! Today’s guest is a fireball of a human, an entrepreneur from head to toe whom I’ve looked up to for over a decade. Her name is Brandi Marino and she’s the founder of a boutique fitness studio franchise called BEYOND Studios, which began here in Dallas. Brandi is the definition of a pioneer in the fitness industry especially in Dallas. She’s real, #unfiltered and has a lot to say. Don’t miss this one! In this episode, we talk about: how she started BEYOND Pilates and BEYOND500 & what inspired her to do so how she franchised BEYOND and why what it means to franchise vs license your brand owning a fitness studio during the pandemic in California & the most important trait to have to truly weather this storm her thoughts on virtual fitness her predictions for what’s going to happen in the fitness world in 2021 what is near and dear to her heart these days & more All about Brandi: Brandi has been a pinoneer in the fitness industry for years. Her fitness career started in Los Angeles after leaving the medical industry. She worked for many years at UCLA, USC, and Cedars-Sinai in spine orthopedics. She traded her scrubs for spandex and started training a group of neurosurgeons at Cedars Sinai in Beverly Hills. She then opened BEYOND Studios in Dallas, Texas. The motivation behind BEYOND was finding a way to help people incorporate fitness into their life daily. She founded BEYOND with the idea that traditional fitness needed to be turned upside down. She knew if she could provide ENERGY in a studio, clients would be more likely to BELIEVE it is possible to go beyond their LIMITS and be EMPOWERED to make positive changes in their lives. These four words are what you see every day when you walk into a BEYOND Studio. Brandi franchised BEYOND Studios and now lives in Fresno, California near her family and also opened up a BEYOND Studios and BEYOND500 there as well. Where to find Brandi: Brandi’s IG: https://www.instagram.com/beyond_brandi/ BEYOND Clovis IG: https://www.instagram.com/beyondstudios559/ BEYOND Dallas IG (this one is no longer owned by Brandi, but still the great BEYOND brand and experience): https://www.instagram.com/beyondstudiosdallas/ BEYOND website: https://www.thebeyondstudios.com/ This episode was brought to you by: Snack Magic: https://www.snackmagic.com/ To see what I got in my last box: https://www.instagram.com/tv/CGsoVbdHxhS/ Use code “thefitnessinsider” to get $10 off your first box. If you enjoyed this episode,  please head to Apple podcasts, subscribe (so you’ll see each new episode!) and leave a review and a rating: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-fitness-insider/id1485908967#see-all/reviews. This helps others discover my podcast and also provides me with some much needed feedback :) If you’d like to follow along updates with this podcast, be sure to follow me here: @thefitnessinsiderpodcast and @thatfoodiegirl
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December 4, 2020
Episode 27: Taylor Dukes, functional medicine nurse practitioner, on gut health, detox, supplements and more
Episode 27 centers around one of my favorite topics: optimizing your health. Today’s guest, Taylor Dukes, is a functional medicine nurse practitioner based in Fort Worth, Texas. She owns a private practice where she meets with patients one on one, as well as a new wellness center called Restore + Revive where clients can meet with Taylor for anything and everything functional medicine, get nutrition counseling, IV therapy and shots, infrared sauna, massages, facial, fitness and more. Taylor is a wealth of information, so we had plenty of topics to cover that I think most people will be interested in. In this episode, we talk about: what functional medicine means and how it differs from conventional medicine common reasons people come to see a functional medicine provider how to detox safely supplements and which ones you may want to check out how to identify whether your supplements are actually working what gut health means and how to keep it balanced and healthy common hormonal imbalances simple ways to be healthier today & more All about Taylor: Taylor owns a wellness center called Restore + Revive as well as a private practice where she works with people 1:1 to heal their guts, balance hormones, increase energy, improve sleep and optimize detox. Where to find Taylor: Taylor’s IG: https://www.instagram.com/taylordukeswellness/ Restore + Revive IG: https://www.instagram.com/restoreandrevivefw/ Taylor’s private practice: https://www.taylordukeswellness.com/work-with-me R+R website: https://www.restoreandrevivefw.com/ Some topics we mention: Daily detox practices: https://www.taylordukeswellness.com/blogarchive/2020/7/23/12-daily-detox-practices-to-reduce-inflammation Overworking your adrenals: https://www.taylordukeswellness.com/blogarchive/2020/5/12/are-you-overworking-your-adrenals Gut brain connection: https://www.taylordukeswellness.com/blogarchive/2020/4/22/optimizing-your-health-through-the-gut-brain-connectionnbsp This episode was brought to you by: Snack Magic: https://www.snackmagic.com/ To see what I got in my last box: https://www.instagram.com/tv/CGsoVbdHxhS/ Use code “thefitnessinsider” to get $10 off your first box. If you enjoyed this episode,  please head to Apple podcasts, subscribe (so you’ll see each new episode!) and leave a review and a rating: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-fitness-insider/id1485908967#see-all/reviews. Be sure to follow me @thefitnessinsiderpodcast and here @thatfoodiegirl.
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November 20, 2020
Episode 26: Weston Carls, photographer & entrepreneur, on his fitness-centric photo business and tips for influencers
It’s time for episode 26! Today’s guest is Weston Carls, an entrepreneur and photographer specializing in the fitness industry based in Austin, Texas. He gives us a fun look into the fitness photography world, gives some tips for aspiring “influencers”, how the pandemic has affected his business and some pretty entertaining stories he tells from some of the thousands of photoshoots he’s conducted in the past 13 years. Weston has a great eye for photography, he’s done shoots for some fun brands like Snap Kitchen, GoodPop, Wildway and more, and has a beautiful Instagram feed to boot—gotta follow him first @westoncarls so you can see what we’re talking about when you give this episode a listen! In this episode, we talk about: how he first got into photography specializing in fitness (a happy accident!) about his business The Fit Biz how the pandemic has affected him personally & his business the scoop on Austin fitness tips for aspiring influencers & more All about Weston: Weston Carls has over 13 years of experience in the health & fitness industry as a creative director and photographer. Since graduating from The University of Texas at Austin’s School of Journalism in 2007, he's produced over 10,000 pages of content, 220 magazines, and over 1,500 photo shoots. Weston has experience working with celebrities, a philanthropic billionaire, Olympians, trainers, as well as the weekend warrior next door. His passion and energy is what Weston brings to his work and is felt throughout the entire creative process. Where to find Weston: Weston’s IG: https://www.instagram.com/westoncarls/ Fit Biz IG: https://www.instagram.com/thefit.biz/ Fit Biz FB: https://www.facebook.com/westoncarlsphotography His website: http://www.westoncarls.com/ This episode was brought to you by: Snack Magic: https://www.snackmagic.com/ To see what I got in my last box: https://www.instagram.com/tv/CGsoVbdHxhS/ Use code “thefitnessinsider” to get $10 off your first box. If you enjoyed this episode,  please head to Apple podcasts, subscribe (so you’ll see each new episode!) and leave a review and a rating: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-fitness-insider/id1485908967#see-all/reviews. This helps others discover my podcast and also provides me with some much needed feedback :) If you’d like to follow along updates with this podcast, be sure to follow me here: @thefitnessinsiderpodcast oh and also here @thatfoodiegirl
58:36
November 6, 2020
Episode 25: Ask Me Anything with special guest, my sister, Maddy Blankenship
Welcome to episode 25! I know I say every episode is a fun one, but this one was especially entertaining to bring my sister, Maddy Blankenship, on the show to help me out with an Ask Me Anything. You submitted your questions on Instagram, and I answer them on this episode. Maddy throws in a few more questions, and we also catch up on everything from what’s stressing us out these days to what shows we’re watching, what workouts we’re doing and the best things we’ve purchased recently. In this episode, we talk about: running a business during a pandemic tips for working from home my ideal meal (an in-depth look…😂) one of my dreams —> what kind of book I want to write the effects Covid will have on the fitness industry favorite at-home workouts & more Where to find Natalie & Maddy: Natalie’s IG: https://www.instagram.com/thatfoodiegirl/ The Fitness Insider IG: https://www.instagram.com/thefitnessinsiderpodcast/ Maddy’s IG: https://www.instagram.com/ss_blankenship/ Easily Entertained IG: https://www.instagram.com/easilyentertainedpod/ (be on the lookout for her podcast launch coming soon!) This episode was brought to you by: Snack Magic: https://www.snackmagic.com/ use code “thefitnessinsider” for $10 off your first order If you enjoyed this episode,  please head to Apple podcasts, subscribe (so you’ll see each new episode!) and leave a review and a rating: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-fitness-insider/id1485908967#see-all/reviews. This helps others discover my podcast and also provides me with some much needed feedback :) If you’d like to follow along updates with this podcast, be sure to follow me here: @thefitnessinsiderpodcast
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November 5, 2020
Episode 24: Allison Ellsworth, Co-founder of Poppi, on the story of a healthy prebiotic soda that went from her kitchen to Whole Foods & everywhere
Welcome to episode 24! This episode’s guest is Allison Ellsworth, the co-founder and chief brand officer of Poppi, my absolute favorite bright & happy sparkling gut-healthy drink. Allison is also a Dallas-based entrepreneur who runs her business with her husband, and their story starts in their kitchen experimenting with apple cider vinegar to now selling Poppi in major retailers around the country and expanding. You have to hear her story of how they went on Shark Tank, got an investment, completely rebranded (from Mother Beverage) and have exploded ever since. She also explains the difference between probiotics and prebiotics and how they are both great for your gut and what benefits you can reap from drinking Poppi. Hope you enjoy this episode! In this episode, we talk about: how Poppi got started what Poppi is and how your health can benefit from drinking it the difference between probiotics and prebiotics her experience on Shark Tank and what happened after the big rebrand and how it affected sales during the pandemic her fitness routine & what supplements she and her family take what’s next for Poppi All about Allison: Allison Ellsworth is the Co-Founder and Chief Brand Officer of Poppi, a modern, fun(ctional) prebiotic soda designed for the next generation. Poppi was born from Allison’s relentless pursuit to build the perfect healthy soda — one with full flavor, real digestive health functionality, and clean ingredients that are good for you. Poppi first launched in 2017 and was later re-branded in Spring 2020. Allison is widely recognized as a pioneer in beverage product development, and she is the recipient of the prestigious “Best New Beverage” Award from the publishers of BevNet (2016). She is also a respected entrepreneur and business leader based in Dallas, Texas. Allison is a graduate of the University of North Texas and a proud mother of two. Prior to creating Poppi, she worked in research as a landman within the Oil and Gas industry. Where to find Allison: Allison’s IG: https://www.instagram.com/allisonellsworth/ Poppi’s IG: https://www.instagram.com/drinkpoppi/ Other resources we mention: Poppi’s website: https://www.drinkpoppi.com/ Buy Poppi on Amazon: click here Poppi on Shark Tank: click here This episode was brought to you by: Snack Magic: https://www.snackmagic.com/ If you enjoyed this episode,  please head to Apple podcasts, subscribe (so you’ll see each new episode!) and leave a review and a rating: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-fitness-insider/id1485908967#see-all/reviews. This helps others discover my podcast and also provides me with some much needed feedback :) Follow me on IG here: https://www.instagram.com/thefitnessinsiderpodcast/ 
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October 9, 2020
Episode 23: Mark Shipman, personal trainer & Peloton sales specialist, on traveling the world to open spin studios, working with Jillian Michaels & more
Episode 23 is an entertaining and inspiring one— Mark Shipman, a personal trainer and now sales specialist at Peloton has had quite the fitness career (and he’s not stopping now)! You’ll get to hear about all of the studios he’s been a part of in Dallas, Texas, how he got to travel the world to consult and help others open spin studios, how he met Jillian Michaels and began working with her and more. He’s now at Peloton (Northpark Center in Dallas), so we of course touch on our favorite instructors and what they’re up to. Hope you all enjoy! In this episode, we talk about: a little bit about his background and how he  got into fitness what he did to travel the world and help other people open spin studios his own health/fitness journey how he got the gig with Jillian Michaels & what he did with her his new role at Peloton how he takes care of himself & more All about Mark: Fitness and training have always been in his blood! Mark is originally from Lubbock, Texas and he has degrees in recreation and Leisure Services as well as Psychology from UNT. He began his career with the city of Denton children’s programs then moved to Plano Parks and Rec after 6 years. He then left fitness and became a Senior Trainer/ Artist for MAC cosmetics then moved to Aveda as a Regional Education Manager. After 8 years away from fitness it was time to come home. He has been personal training at Sweat (an upscale boutique gym in Dallas) for over 6 years and taught indoor cycling at Beyond Pedaling, Flywheel and The Ride House. He served as Director of Training at Flywheel and Ride House which allowed him to travel around the world opening new studios. Mark was hand picked to work for Jillian Michaels as a Senior Master Trainer working for her company and he is now at Peloton as a Sales Specialist selling equipment that he believes in and loves using as well as personal training at Sweat Dallas. Mark says he's “truly blessed and full of passion to help other achieve their best!” Where to find Mark: Mark’s IG: https://www.instagram.com/ridewithmark/ Other resources we mention: Sweat Dallas: https://sweatdallas.com/ Peloton Dallas store: https://www.onepeloton.com/showrooms/dallas This episode was brought to you by: Snack Magic: https://www.snackmagic.com/ If you enjoyed this episode,  please head to Apple podcasts, subscribe (so you’ll see each new episode!) and leave a review and a rating: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-fitness-insider/id1485908967#see-all/reviews. This helps others discover my podcast and also provides me with some much needed feedback :) If you’d like to follow along updates with this podcast, be sure to follow me here: @thefitnessinsiderpodcast
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September 25, 2020
Episode 22: Jaci Spagnolo, founder of Feel Good Pilates on how her business was affected by Covid and what she did to pivot
Episode 22 is a story of an entrepreneur that started a Pilates studio from the ground up, was building momentum, and then boom. Coronavirus happened. Jaci Spagnolo, the founder of Feel Good Pilates in Austin, Texas walks us through what it was like leading up to the opening of her studio, how Covid impacted her business and ultimately, what she did to tackle the issue and stay afloat despite having to “close” her original brand. Don’t miss this inspiring story of being smart, scrappy & collaborative in order to pivot and maintain the upward momentum. You’ll have to listen in to hear what Jaci did to pivot! Enjoy. In this episode, we talk about: a little bit about her background and how she first got into fitness what Pilates teacher training was like how she had the idea to open up her own Pilates studio and then how she actually did it how she and her husband did a lot of the buildout at the studio & all the thoughtfulness that went into every little detail how Covid impacted Feel Good Pilates and what she did to cope with it the trouble with re-opening at 25% at a small boutique studio what she did to pivot (by approaching another local Pilates studio) how things are working with the new arrangement what she thinks the future of boutique fitness will look like her favorite virtual fitness platforms All about Jaci: After years of working in a corporate office, Jaci began to feel the effects of her demanding desk job on her body. She began searching for some relief through exercise when she stumbled upon Pilates. After noticing the impact of the method on herself, Jaci immediately knew she wanted to share her knowledge and newfound passion with others! She loves that Pilates can be adapted to different bodies/fitness levels making it an ideal exercise no matter the person. Jaci opened Feel Good Pilates in Austin Texas in 2018 and was able to create a space that was welcoming, inspiring, accessible, and affordable. She has since merged with another local Pilates reformer studio called Align, and still teaches Pilates, just under the new Align brand. Where to find Jaci: Jaci’s IG: https://www.instagram.com/jacispagnolo/ Align East’s IG: https://www.instagram.com/alignaustineast/ Book a class with Jaci: https://www.alignaustin.com/align-east Other resources we mention: The Ara Movement Virtual: https://www.thearamovement.com/ Session Pilates Virtual: https://sessionathome.vhx.tv/ If you enjoyed this episode,  please head to Apple podcasts, subscribe (so you’ll see each new episode!) and leave a review and a rating: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-fitness-insider/id1485908967#see-all/reviews. This helps others discover my podcast and also provides me with some much needed feedback :) If you’d like to follow along updates with this podcast, be sure to follow me here: @thefitnessinsiderpodcast
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September 11, 2020
Aug 27 Episode 21: Antoine Howard, Master Trainer, Mindset Architect & founder of Lifted on community over competition and how to keep a positive mindset
Episode 21 is one of those episodes you’ll walk away with several tid bits and things to think about throughout the week. This episode features guest Antoine Howard, master trainer and founder of a virtual fitness company called Lifted that mixes physical health with mental health. I met Antoine at a HIIT class he was teaching at a local boutique fitness studio, then asked him to be a part of a photoshoot for StudioHop to which he accepted. It doesn’t take long to realize what a fun, inspiring, bubbly & silly dude Antoine is. When you take a class of his, you’ll somehow be laughing while in pain. He’s got that natural hype man secret sauce! In the episode, he talks about how he first got into fitness, some dark moments he’s gone through and what he learned by going through them. We also talk about community building versus competition, some lessons he has learned during the pandemic and tips on how to stay positive and motivated when you really just feel like hitting the couch for some Netflix and not talking to anyone. Get ready for a great pep talk. Hope you love it! In this episode, we talk about: how he first got into fitness his motivational series, “I am” on Instagram & what it means to be a “mindset architect” going through a divorce and what he did to stay positive and hopeful a dark moment that he was able to realize the difference he is making how he hustled to support his 4 kids while switching to fitness as a career full time the importance of relationships & community in the fitness industry his thoughts on how competitive the fitness industry is (specifically in Dallas) how studios can create “ community” and how to form meaningful relationships his new company, Lifted & what it’s all about (physical + mental awareness) lessons he’s learned during the pandemic his tips on how to stay positive and motivated his own fitness routine All about Antoine: Antoine Howard is a master fitness trainer, mindset architect and founder of a new fitness business called Lifted that combines physical and mental health. Antoine found his niche in helping others achieve health & wellness goals. His ability to engage and motivate individuals via one-on-one training or group workouts provide him with several approaches to impacting lives. His personal journey in life compelled him to help others confront physical and mental issues through exercise and training. With a certification through the National Federation of Personal Trainers (NFPT), Antoine aims to assist clients with creating a sustainable lifestyle that incorporates all scopes of health and wellness. Where to find Antoine: Antoine’s IG: https://www.instagram.com/antoine_howard/ Lifted IG: https://www.instagram.com/iamlifted_/ Book a virtual class with Antoine: https://www.iamlifted.net/come-workout-with-me Other resources we mention: Motivation app: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/motivation-daily-quotes/id876080126
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August 28, 2020
Episode 20: Natalie Holloway, co-founder & CEO of Bala, on how they built it and how Covid has affected sales
Episode 20 is here! In this episode, I sat down with Natalie Holloway, the co-founder and CEO of Bala. She’s a fellow Austinite, now living in Los Angeles where she and and her husband Max own and operate the company they started in 2018 together. Natalie and I connected for the purpose of this podcast, but we actually have quite a bit in common, so I am looking forward to getting to know her better. She has a fun story to share about how Bala came about, and how they got to appear on Shark Tank and walked away with investments from Mark Cuban and Maria Sharapova. Bala is a fitness company, their hero product being Bala Bangles, which are stylish weighted bands that amplify the fitness benefits of just about any routine. I heard about Bala about a year ago, but it wasn’t until Covid hit that one of my best friends told me I needed these stylish fitness accessories. My mom got me the white 1lb bangles for my birthday, which I immediately slid onto my wrists and did a happy dance. They’re just so fun! In this episode, we talk about: Natalie’s background and what she did before Bala came about the idea of Bala & how their products stand out uses for Bala products the meaning of the name Bala what the beginning of Bala looked like for Natalie & her husband Max in Brooklyn what working with family is like new products on the horizon their experience on Shark Tank how Covid affected their sales where they’re sold and how they got such big accounts like Goop, Free People & more how they market Bala All about Natalie/Bala: Natalie Holloway is the co-founder and CEO of Bala. She’s a fellow Austinite, now living in Los Angeles where and and her husband Max own and operate the company together. Bala is a fitness company that Natalie & Max founded in 2018. Their first collection, Bala Bangles, are stylish weighted bands that amplify the fitness benefits of just about any routine. Today their line of fashion-forward fitness products are designed to bring a little something extra to a range of activities. They are carried in over 1000 retail locations worldwide. Their mission is to inspire movement by design. Where to find Phillip: Natalie’s IG: https://www.instagram.com/nnholloway/ Bala’s IG: https://www.instagram.com/bala Bala’s website: https://shopbala.com/ Other resources we mention: The clip on Shark Tank:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PetyqLnkYmM&t=6s Workouts on Bala: https://shopbala.com/pages/workouts If you enjoyed this episode,  please head to Apple podcasts, subscribe (so you’ll see each new episode!) and leave a review and a rating: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-fitness-insider/id1485908967#see-all/reviews. This helps others discover my podcast and also provides me with some much needed feedback :) If you’d like to follow along updates with this podcast, be sure to follow me here: @thefitnessinsiderpodcast
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August 14, 2020
Episode 19: Phillip White, Founder of Phit Clothing, on how he created an inclusive activewear brand and embraced his true self
In Episode 19, I interviewed Phillip White, the founder of a stylish, size-inclusive activewear brand called Phit Clothing.  I met Phillip several years ago at a boutique fitness studio in Dallas, and he quickly became a brand ambassador of my company, StudioHop. I got to hear his idea of Phit Clothing back in the day, and I’m so proud and impressed with what he’s done with the brand now. Phillip opens up about how he had the idea of his clothing company, how he got started and he even tells a story about how a certain huge celeb got to see his bomber jacket. We also talked about his background and how he came to embrace his true self, no filters needed. Finally, we touch on the #BLM movement and how it has affected him and caused him to reflect on his entire life and the experiences he’s had. Phillip was an open book in this episode and was really brave to share his story. He mentioned before that this was his first podcast interview and that he was ready to share. I feel so honored that he felt comfortable sharing his story with us. I learned a lot from him and I know you will too. In this episode, we talk about: how Phit Clothing got started (in an actual dream he had) what it means to be an inclusive activewear brand what needs he saw in the market the basics on how to actually create a clothing company a  story about how he got his bomber jacket in front of a huge celebrity where he discovered his confidence & when he came out and the feelings along with it his take on the BLM movement and how it has caused him to reflect on some stories of his past lessons learned as a business owner &more All about Phillip: Phillip White was born in Lubbock, Texas, grew up in Longview, Texas and now lives in Dallas, Texas. He went to Kilgore College for an associates degree and then transferred to UT Tyler for his bachelors degree. He started out as a Regulatory Analyst at an energy company. Phillip is now a designer and entrepreneur, and he launched Phit Clothing in May 2018. Phit is a stylish, size-inclusive activewear brand for the active lifestyle and everything in between. Phit’s mission is to make men feel confident and look good no matter where they are on their fitness journey. “No matter your size, shape, color or activity, you phit right in!” Where to find Phillip: Phillip’s IG: https://www.instagram.com/iamphillipwhite/ Phit’s IG: https://www.instagram.com/phitclothingofficial/ Phit Clothing website: https://phitclothing.com/ Other resources we mention: His signature houndstooth bomber jacket: https://www.instagram.com/p/B8Eny9onO3Y/ If you enjoyed this episode,  please head to Apple podcasts, subscribe (so you’ll see each new episode!) and leave a review and a rating: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-fitness-insider/id1485908967#see-all/reviews. This helps others discover my podcast and also provides me with some much needed feedback :) If you’d like to follow along updates with this podcast, be sure to follow me here: @thefitnessinsiderpodcast
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July 31, 2020
Episode 18: Alex Snodgrass, Blogger & Author of The Defined Dish. Getting real on how she created a New York Times Bestselling cookbook, vulnerability and more
In Episode 18, I interview Alex Snodgrass, the blogger and NYT Bestselling author of the cookbook The Defined Dish. I’ve met Alex a few times in Dallas running in some of the same entrepreneurial networking circles, and she is so kind, honest and real. I’ve also been cooking recipes from her blog and now cookbook for years and love pretty much everything she’s created. Her specialty is making comfort foods a little healthier without sacrificing flavor (in fact, I think her food is more flavorful than most restaurants). In this episode, we talk about: where she is during this whole covid mess her real thoughts when she became a NYT bestseller what it was like actually creating a cookbook (logistics and how to start one) you’ll be blown away to hear how quickly she cooked and shot 100 recipes. Mind blown. how she maintains a sense of privacy while being really open one of her biggest fears around being in the spotlight a killer tip for us in the kitchen that will change your game her workout routine a new boozy beverage company she just invested in & more All about Alex: Texas native and mother-of-two, Alex Snodgrass, began her blog, The Defined Dish, with her sister, Madison, as a fitness and healthy lifestyle blog back in 2014 where she focused on food while her sister focused on fitness. After her first round of Whole30 in 2015, Alex's relationship with food completely changed and she became a strong advocate of the Whole30 program. Alex has since taken over the blog full time where she provides her loyal community with healthy, mostly Whole30 and Paleo-compliant, recipes while continuing to add her Texas twist with bold flavors and recipes she grew up with. In 2018, she received Saveur Magazine’s Reader’s Choice Award for Most Inspired Weeknight Dinners and was announced a New York Times Bestseller following the release of her highly anticipated first cookbook, The Defined Dish: Whole30 Endorsed, Healthy and Wholesome Weeknight Recipes. Where to find Alex: Defined Dish IG: https://www.instagram.com/thedefineddish/ Defined Dish blog: https://thedefineddish.com/ Buy your Defined Dish cookbook here: https://thedefineddish.com/thedefineddishcookbook/ Other resources we mention: Egg hacks: https://www.instagram.com/stories/highlights/18034120216034230/ Ranch Rider (canned ranch waters/palomas/chiltons): https://www.ranchriderspirits.com/ 30% off first month of Obe Fitness: https://www.obefitness.com/?utm_medium=influencer&utm_source=Dish30&utm_campaign=Feb2020&utm_content=influencer
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July 17, 2020
Episode 17: Rachael Phillips, founder of Goga & Yoga, on how and why she started a goat yoga company and her experience on Shark Tank
Episode 17 is an interview with Rachael Phillips, the founder and owner of GOGA & Yoga in Austin, Texas. She’s a California girl who moved to Austin blindly, became an Uber driver, then worked at Home Away, and then naturally opened a goat yoga business. I mean, who doesn’t!? She tells us quite a few crazy stories that you won’t want to miss hearing—the first one is all about her professional experience and how she entered the world of goat yoga. Scrappy and bold are two words I’d use to describe her and her adventure in starting her own fitness business involving farm animals. She embodies the “jumping off the cliff and figuring things out” mentality 100%. Rachael and her now husband and mother-in-law run the business together, and she tell us all about her experience of being on Shark Tank last year. A few mishaps happened (you’ll have to listen to find out!) but ultimately, they learned a lot. Tune into this episode and if you enjoy it, please share it! All about Rachael: Rachael is the founder of GOGA & Yoga, a goat yoga and regular yoga studio based in Austin, Texas. Her professional experience is in digital advertising, internet marketing, and product marketing. Rachael is an animal lover and a firm believer in holistic health and she personally thinks that almost anything can be healed through laughter, a positive attitude, an active lifestyle, animals/nature, and meditation. GOGA is the perfect combination of these things. Her “WHY” is seeing the authentic joy and happiness on GOGA attendees’ faces class after class. Where to find Rachael: Goga  & Yoga’s IG: https://www.instagram.com/yogaandgoga/ Goga & Yoga’s website: https://goga.yoga/ Goga & Yoga on StudioHop: https://www.studiohopfitness.com/goga-goat-yoga-yoga/420/overview Other resources we mention: Clip from Rachael’s appearance on Shark Tank: here $5 off your Fame Fest (virtual) ticket on July 11th: here If you enjoyed this episode,  please head to Apple podcasts, subscribe (so you’ll see each new episode!) and leave a review and a rating: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-fitness-insider/id1485908967#see-all/reviews. This helps others discover my podcast and also provides me with some much needed feedback :) If you’d like to follow along updates with this podcast, be sure to follow me here: @thefitnessinsiderpodcast
49:19
July 3, 2020
Episode 16: Kami Blease, Trainer & Self-Love Coach, on the internal dialogues we all have and tips on valuing our worthiness over our weight
Get ready to be inspired and to start considering what’s going on inside your head! Episode 16 features guest Kami Blease, a fun, upbeat and uber positive vibin’ trainer and self-love coach residing in Santa Monica, California. Kami is the creator of the Worth More Than Your Weight program and she has a lot to say about those internal dialogues we’re all having about our outward appearances. She tells us how she works with women to make them feel better and have more confidence, dishing out tips on how to actively work on listening to your body and NOT your Instagram feed. We also tackle her true thoughts on diets like keto, paleo and intermittent fasting, and she walks us through a day of typical eats for herself. This is a fun one. Hope you love it! All about Kami: Kami is a personal trainer & self-love coach as well as a recovering diet and fitness addict. She’s from Austin, Texas but currently lives in Santa Monica, California where you can see her thriving on her IG here. Kami works with busy professional women with a history of failed diets and fitness routines to change their relationship with food and their bodies for good. This stems from her own personal journey and realizing that weight loss was not going to address the deeper issues of her worth and that she needed to shift the focus internally to live the best life externally. She now uses that experience and knowledge to help women look and feel amazing, have more confidence and energy, and create a healthy and sustainable lifestyle. Where to find Kami: Kami’s IG: https://www.instagram.com/kamiblease/ Kami’s website (if you want to work with her, click here): https://www.kamiblease.com/ Worth More Than Your Weight IG: https://www.instagram.com/worthmorethanyourweight/ Worth More Podcast: https://www.kamiblease.com/worthmorepodcast If you enjoyed this episode,  please head to Apple podcasts, subscribe (so you’ll see each new episode!) and leave a review and a rating: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-fitness-insider/id1485908967#see-all/reviews. This helps others discover my podcast and also provides me with some much needed feedback :) If you’d like to follow along updates with this podcast, be sure to follow me here: @thefitnessinsiderpodcast
58:54
June 19, 2020
Episode 15: Mimi Blankenship, health coach, national marketing director for Juice Plus, my mom on how to leave a legacy and keep on learnin’
Episode 15 is an interview with Mimi Blankenship, an inspiring, full of wisdom and plant-based goodness, mom of 4 adult children and wife to husband Matt, my mom. She’s a National Marketing Director for The Juice Plus company and a certified health coach through the Dr. Sears Wellness Institute. She talks about the power of fruits and veggies, what she does on a day-to-day basis with Juice Plus and how she continued learning even in her 60s— to become a health coach! Mimi dives into one of the things she is most passionate about, which is leaving a legacy. What does this mean? And how can you, too, leave a legacy for your family and anyone you interact with? All about Mimi: She received her BBA in business from SMU, and her Law degree from St. Mary’s School of Law. After practicing law in Dallas for 13 years, she stepped down to stay home and raise their 4 children while helping husband Matt with their Culligan bottle water franchise. She stayed busy as a volunteer mom for many years. In 2005, she joined the Juice Plus Company with a curiosity about this business model and no goals in mind. Today, as a National Marketing Director with the Company she believes in sharing the gift of simple health with Juice Plus+ short line up of products, and the mission "to educate and inspire healthy living around the world". She dedicates her time to helping as many people as possible attain best health and build their own healthy community. As a Health Coach with the Dr. Sears Wellness Institute, her specialty is family nutrition. Dr. Sears has become a friend, and has come alongside to support her current efforts as "Woman of the Year" candidate for the LLS, Leukemia & Lymphomas Society sharing his expertise to build a legacy of hope. Other Organizations: Board member of The PureHope Foundation; former board member of National Charity League, former elder of Covenant Presbyterian church, and program leader for Mom to Mom. Where to find Mimi: Mimi’s IG: https://www.instagram.com/mimiblank/ Mimi’s FB: https://www.facebook.com/mimiblank Other resources we mention in this episode: To donate or to share/learn more about LLS Woman of The Year campaign to raise funds for children affected by blood cancers: https://pages.lls.org/mwoy/ctx/austin20/mblankensh?fbclid=IwAR34r9CtVlcqeKVRAND0mo-TpJCNt7jV3jn7dr4JygO6Qu6Y-ycvcpwLBAk All about Juice Plus + The Tower Garden: https://mimi.juiceplus.com/us/en Dr. Sears Wellness Institute Health Coach Certificate Course: https://www.drsearswellnessinstitute.org/ If you wouldn’t mind, please head to Apple podcasts, subscribe (so you’ll see each new episode!) and leave a review and a rating: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-fitness-insider/id1485908967#see-all/reviews If you’d like to follow along updates with this podcast, be sure to follow me here: @thefitnessinsiderpodcast
40:07
June 5, 2020
Episode 14: fitness studios reopening + my health and wellness routine
For episode 14, I check in with you and give you updates on how studios are reopening and how they’re looking different now. What changes are they making and what challenges are they facing? I also lay out my health and wellness routine for you—little tips and hacks that I’ve picked up and put into motion some well before covid craziness and some new habits too. I also go over survey results on what YOU (my listeners) what t hear more of and some topic ideas. I hope you find this to be informative and helpful! Get ready for some amazing interviews coming right up. Where to find Natalie / The Fitness Insider Natalie’s IG: https://www.instagram.com/thatfoodiegirl/ StudioHop IG: https://www.instagram.com/studiohopfit/ The Fitness Insider IG: https://www.instagram.com/thefitnessinsiderpodcast/ Other resources I mention in this episode: Juice Plus: https://nataliewolfe.juiceplus.com/us/en Magnesium Calm gummies: https://www.amazon.com/Natural-Vitality-Anti-Stress-Magnesium-Supplement/dp/B078KJLT6G If you wouldn’t mind, please head to Apple podcasts and leave a review and a rating: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-fitness-insider/id1485908967#see-all/reviews If you’d like to follow along updates with this podcast, be sure to follow me here: @thefitnessinsiderpodcast
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May 22, 2020
Episode 13: Erin O’Leary Stewart, Co-creator of DEFINE body & mind, Founder of DEFINE foods on the virtual classes world, culinary school and more
Episode 13 is an interview with Erin O’Leary Stewart, the Houston-based co-creator of DEFINE body & mind and founder of DEFINE foods. Between hosting cooking classes and workshops, teaching fitness classes, working with DEFINE HQ and being a mom of two little ones, she’s a busy lady! You guys, she has the most fun background (she’s a trained chef and dancer), and she’s quite the entrepreneur— from her granola and cookie company to DEFINE foods and helping franchise the DEFINE body & mind brand too. We talk about how she got started in the industry, a little insight into franchising a company, virtual fitness, all about DEFINE foods and what’s next for the fitness world in the age of coronavirus. All about Erin: A fitness expert and natural foods chef, Erin's extensive teaching experience stems from her background in Pilates, barre, dance, fitness and culinary health. A graduate of the Natural Gourmet Institute for Health and Culinary Arts coupled with a BFA in movement arts, kinesiology and dance profession, she spent time working in kitchens and studios across Manhattan prior to relocating to Houston, TX, where she is the founder of DEFINE foods, a company dedicated to educating on the importance of whole foods health with culinary nutrition education, a product line of plant-powered meals, next-level snacks and tea. She is also co-creator at DEFINE body & mind, a contemporary, body-mind concept leading the market in movement, wellbeing and mindfulness. Erin continues to instruct and train in movement and culinary classes in studio and online, changing the way the world sees health and wellness. Where to find Erin / DEFINE body & mind / DEFINE foods Erin's IG: https://www.instagram.com/erinolearystewart/ DEFINE foods IG: https://www.instagram.com/definefoods DEFINE body & mind IG: https://www.instagram.com/definebody Other resources we mention in this episode: DEFINE Livestreamed Classes: https://austinsouthlamar.definebody.com/ On-demand classes: https://definebody.com/online/ A peek inside Erin’s kitchen (IGTV): https://www.instagram.com/tv/B-0QD0Gp15N/ If you wouldn’t mind, please head to Apple podcasts and leave a review and a rating: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-fitness-insider/id1485908967#see-all/reviews (This episode was sponsored by Follain, a clean beauty shop that you can shop in-store when they’re open and also online Use code TFI10 for 10% off in-store and online.) If you’d like to follow along updates with this podcast, be sure to follow me here: @thefitnessinsiderpodcast
01:03:23
May 8, 2020
Episode 12: What fitness studios are doing during coronavirus & brands I've loved in quarantine
Episode 12 is a solo podcast episode, just me, talking about how studios have been doing during this time, how my business StudioHop is faring & some brands I’ve discovered in quarantine that I love. ⠀ All about Natalie: Natalie is the CEO and founder of StudioHop. Born in Dallas, raised in Austin, she graduated from Southern Methodist University with degrees in journalism and Spanish. Natalie is in charge of everything from adding new studios to the platform to communicating with members and everything in between. She's passionate about variety (and we’re talking fitness studios, restaurants/bars, and everything in between) and is a big believer in giving your body what it needs whether that be a yoga class or a chocolate chip cookie. Her goal is to make “working out” fun, friendly and something that gives you the confidence that makes you feel on top of the world. Natalie loves long walks around White Rock Lake with her husband Ryan and dog Annabelle, cooking, weekend getaways to her hometown Austin, Texas and margaritas. Where to find Natalie // The Fitness Insider Her IG: @thatfoodiegirl TFI IG: @thefitnessinsiderpodcast StudioHop IG: @studiohopfit TFI website: www.thefitnessinsiderpodcast.com StudioHop website: https://www.studiohopfitness.com/ Other resources I mention in this episode: A discount code for your first order on Imperfect Foods: get $10 towards your first order, I’ll get $10 credit. Click here. Get an extra 25% off your first purchase and a free 30 day trial from Thrive Market. Free shipping on all orders $49+! Click here. (This episode was sponsored by StudioHop, an app that provides fitness memberships to a variety of boutique gyms in Texas and Oklahoma. If you’d like to purchase a gift card for future months, click here.) If you’d like to follow along updates with this podcast, be sure to follow me here: @thefitnessinsiderpodcast Click below to listen to the episode, or listen on Apple podcasts, Spotify or wherever you normally listen to your podcasts here. Don’t forget to subscribe, rate & review The Fitness Insider. This helps tremendously. Thanks for listening!
23:54
April 23, 2020
Episode 11: Whitney Stuart, founder of Whitness Nutrition, on what it’s actually like to work with a registered dietitian-nutritionist, her thoughts on trendy diets & more
Episode 11 is a virtual interview with Whitney Stuart, a Dallas-based dietitian-nutritionist and certified diabetic educator. She’s very involved in the fitness scene and we happened to go to SMU together, so she was a natural choice to chat with about all things nutrition. Whitney covers several topics, but we hone in on what it’s actually like to sit down with a dietitian-nutritionist, what people come to her for and how she works with them as well as typical goals and outcomes. We also touch on coronavirus (because how can you not right now?) and what you can do to support your immune system now and forevermore. She also talks about how to keep that sweet tooth at bay and what she really thinks about trendy diets like keto and intermittent fasting. All about Whitney: Whitney is a nutrition expert. She holds a Masters in Clinical Nutrition from UTSW, with a supporting undergraduate in pre-med & physiology from SMU where she was awarded department Woman of the Year. Her practice & social brand, Whitness Nutrition, educates the masses of real-food rooted nutrition with an emphasis on balance, grace & evidence-based facts. She is also the dietitian and diabetic educator of the largest endocrinology clinic in Dallas where she works strategically with Type 1, 2, and gestational diabetes on medication regimens and lifestyles that aim to reduce the burden of disease. Where to find Whitney / Whitness Nutrition: Her IG: @whitnessnutrition Her FB: Whitness Nutrition Whitness Nutrition website: https://whitnessnutrition.com/ Other resources we mention in this episode: A special 25% off deal for you! Five Day Food review to receive specific feedback on your fueling habits by tracking your NEW normal lifestyle (food, activity, mood) through her portal app. After your portal logging, you'll have a 30 minute call with RDN Whitney to discuss specific recommendations you can apply to your daily lifestyle to push you forward in your goals even during this transition. Her gluten-free, dairy-free, soy-free cupcakes she’s making now: https://whitnessnutrition.com/new-recipe-a-cupcake-for-anyone/ A day of eats for Whitney: https://whitnessnutrition.com/what-i-ate-today-4-8-20 (This episode was sponsored by StudioHop, an app that provides fitness memberships to a variety of boutique gyms in Texas and Oklahoma. If you’d like to purchase a gift card for future months, click here.) If you’d like to follow along updates with this podcast, be sure to follow me here: @thefitnessinsiderpodcast Click below to listen to the episode, or listen on Apple podcasts, Spotify or wherever you normally listen to your podcasts here. Don’t forget to subscribe, rate & review The Fitness Insider. This helps tremendously. Thanks for listening!
55:59
April 9, 2020
Episode 10: Sandy Diaz, founder of Badass ladies of DFW & StudioHop member on How Fitness Helps Her Thrive with MS
Episode 10 is a very inspiring one! I interview Sandy Diaz Haley, who happens to be someone I worked with during a college internship and we reconnected a few years ago. Sandy has always been one of those energetic, hilarious, full-of-life people. Someone who’s fun to be around. Sandy was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) in 2014. Her diagnosis came after years of ignoring strange symptoms that ultimately lead to struggling to walk on her wedding day. Although she has had some major lows, she has come out victorious with this disease. She walks us through what it’s like to have MS, how she was diagnosed and how fitness has helped her manage her symptoms. Today, she is a healthy, active and proud advocate for the disease that once made her think she would never live a normal life again. Sandy really says it best: “There's so much we can't control in life BUT what we can control is our reaction to the hurdles life throws at us. These life experiences and how we let them impact our lives, make up who we are. MS does not define me, it makes me work harder and for that, I'm beyond grateful.” Where to find Sandy / Bada$$ Ladies of DFW: Her IG: @badassladiesnetwork Her FB: Sandy Diaz Haley Bada$$ Ladies website: https://www.badassladies.com/ Other resources we mention in this episode: News segment on Univision News segment on Fox News about how getting active has really helped her disease outlook and overall health Blog post about the importance of exercising featuring Sandy (This episode was sponsored by MiniLuxe. TFI podcast listeners get free nail art add-ons (worth $10). Just mention The Fitness Insider when booking or add it into the notes section on the MiniLuxe app when booking an appointment). MiniLuxe recently launched their polishes at Neighborhood Goods in both Dallas and Austin, so you can shop their polishes there!) If you’d like to follow along updates with this podcast, be sure to follow me here: @thefitnessinsiderpodcast For more info, see the podcast official website: www.thefitnessinsiderpodcast.com  Click below to listen to the episode, or listen on Apple podcasts, Spotify or wherever you normally listen to your podcasts here. Don’t forget to subscribe, rate & review The Fitness Insider. This helps tremendously. Thanks for listening!
51:21
March 26, 2020
Episode 9: Brittany Grignon, founder and operating owner of Session Pilates on going from zero to (soon) four studios in 4 years in saturated Dallas
“The hardest thing about growing is relinquishing control. Things are going to happen without you being the first line of defense, so you have to set up the team to be able to handle it. It's all about the systems.” -Brittany Grignon, founder & operating owner of Session Pilates In Episode 9, I sit down with Brittany Grignon, founder and operating owner of Session Pilates based in Dallas, Texas. We talk about how exactly she got Session Pilates opened,  how she optimizes revenue and creates high demand with just 15 reformers in each location and a little bit about her marketing plan. Brittany opens up about how she was able to take Session from 1 location to soon 4 locations in 4 years in a place where Pilates studios and boutique fitness is rampant (i.e. lots of competition). Expanding a strong brand and replicating the experience across all locations is not an easy task, and Brittany talks about her tricks and tips on how to do it the right way. You won’t want to miss out on this one! Where to find Brittany Grignon / Session Pilates: Her IG: @bgrignon Session Pilates’ IG: @sessionpilates Session’s website: https://www.sessionpilates.com/ Book a class at Session through StudioHop (This episode was sponsored by MiniLuxe and Follain. TFI podcast listeners get free nail art add-ons (worth $10). Just mention The Fitness Insider when booking or add it into the notes section on the MiniLuxe app when booking an appointment). MiniLuxe recently launched their polishes at Neighborhood Goods in both Dallas and Austin, so you can shop their polishes there! For Follain, TFI listeners get 10% off in-store and online. Just use code “TFI10”.) If you’d like to follow along updates with this podcast, be sure to follow me here: @thefitnessinsiderpodcast Click below to listen to the episode, or listen on Apple podcasts, Spotify or wherever you normally listen to your podcasts here. Don’t forget to subscribe, rate & review The Fitness Insider. This helps tremendously. Thanks for listening!
53:09
March 12, 2020
Episode 8: How I survived the last 10 weeks without caffeine
Episode 8 is all about my journey through caffeine detox over the past 10+ weeks. This episode is not all about me and my high horse telling you all to give up your dearly beloved cup of joe, but rather, a fun look inside what my experience has been without caffeine. I walk you through my own coffee story, why the heck I would give up coffee/caffeine, the benefits of giving it up, what I replaced my coffee in the morning with and what actually happened to me as a result. I give you some tips for how to do this the right way if you’re interested in detoxing, and let you know if I’m going to continue this journey. A few resources I mention in the podcast: my Amazon Marketplace list of tea gadgets (for those who want to try loose leaf teas) Adagio loose leaf teas my absolute favorite place for clean manis/pedis that last so long: MiniLuxe (This episode was sponsored by MiniLuxe. TFI podcast listeners get free nail art add-ons (worth $10). Just mention The Fitness Insider when booking or add it into the notes section on the MiniLuxe app when booking an appointment). If you’d like to follow along updates with this podcast, be sure to follow me here: @thefitnessinsiderpodcast Click below to listen to the episode, or listen on Apple podcasts, Spotify or wherever you normally listen to your podcasts here. Don’t forget to subscribe, rate & review The Fitness Insider. This helps tremendously. Thanks for listening!
26:39
February 27, 2020
Episode 7: Natalie & Ryan Wolfe, founders of StudioHop, 5 biggest lessons we learned in the last 5 years of our startup
In Episode 7 of The Fitness Insider, Natalie brings on her favorite guest of all time: her husband Ryan Wolfe. She and Ryan are co-founders of StudioHop and they operate the company out of their home office in Dallas, Texas. StudioHop just turned 5 years old, so we celebrated with this podcast by sharing the top 5 lessons we learned as a married couple running a startup together. We also mixed in some fun stories (while staying on task of course).  You can find Natalie, Ryan & more on StudioHop here:  @thatfoodiegirl  @ryandwolfe  @studiohopfit  www.studiohopfitness.com  You can email either of us: natalie@studiohopfitness.com // ryan@studiohopfitness.com  Our book recommendations:  * The Lean Startup
  * Starts With Why
  * Built to Last 
  * The Hard Thing About Hard Things
  * Eat People
  * How to Win Friends and Influence People
  * Good to Great
  * The Growth Gears
  * The Founder’s Mentality
  * Value Proposition Design & Business Model Generation
  If you’d like to follow along updates with this podcast, be sure to follow me here: @thefitnessinsiderpodcast  Click below to listen to the episode, or listen on Apple podcasts, Spotify or wherever you normally listen to your podcasts here. Don’t forget to subscribe, rate & review The Fitness Insider. This helps tremendously. Thanks for listening!
45:21
February 14, 2020
Episode 6: Dr. Denisa Weber, chiropractor & founder of Serving Life Chiropractic
Episode 6 is a one-on-one with Dr. Denisa Weber, chiropractor and founder of Serving Life Chiropractic. She’s a ray of sunshine ☀️ , a deep fresh breath of air and she has SO much wisdom that this episode was tough to stop at the 50 min mark. She was a gymnast, an exercise physiologist specializing in cardiac, a doula, a chiropractor, a mom of 2, a wife, and she’s even launched another business to be a resource for other chiropractors with online courses and frequently speaks around the country. So basically Dr. Weber is a badass. She’s a "shoot you straight" Texan, who champions for her coach husband, their two rambunctious littles and the chiropractic profession. Lover of simplification, communication and authenticity, Dr. Weber channels this towards chiropractic in a beautiful way. Her mission: Equip. Encourage. Empower. Get ready to learn a lot about what chiropractors really do for our bodies, why it’s important, what “health” really is and what we can do to explore our full potential, her personal arsenal of supplements & more. You can find Dr. Weber here: https://www.drdenisaweber.com/ https://www.instagram.com/southern_chiro/ https://www.instagram.com/servinglifechiropractic/ https://www.servinglifedallas.com/ If you’d like to follow along updates with this podcast, be sure to follow me here: @thefitnessinsiderpodcast Click below to listen to the episode, or listen on Apple podcasts, Spotify or wherever you normally listen to your podcasts here. Don’t forget to subscribe, rate & review me. This helps tremendously. Thanks for listening!
56:02
January 31, 2020
Episode 5: Cristin Caulfield, Owner of Caulfield's Dance Fitness On Opening Your Own Fitness Studio
I had the pleasure of getting to chat with none other than Lil Crispy, aka Cristin Caulfield, owner of Caulfield’s Dance Fitness in Dallas, Texas. She just opened less than 3 months ago, but she is no newbie to the fitness scene here. She started at Flywheel, then went on to teach at Zyn22 where she developed her own barre/sculpt program. From there she made the leap and started her own dance fitness studio. She’s been a dancer for life and she shares a fun fact about a certain celeb she did some choreography for. Cristin is real, raw, funny and super cute— you’ll love hearing from her and her honest feedback and advice on what it has taken her to get her studio up and running including how she found her location, how she found her funding, instructors and more. You can find Cristin here: @lilcrispy @caulfieldsdancefit https://www.caulfieldsdancefitness.com/ If you’d like to follow along updates with this podcast, be sure to follow me here: @thefitnessinsiderpodcast For more details on this episode and to see the podcast website, click here. Click below to listen to the episode, or listen on Apple podcasts, Spotify or wherever you normally listen to your podcasts here. Don’t forget to subscribe, rate & review me. This helps tremendously. Thanks for listening!
35:22
January 16, 2020
Episode 4: Wellness Predictions for 2020 (And A Review Of 2019)
I love nothing more than lists, and these ones are super fun lists. I go over 2019 wellness predictions from MindBodyGreen and whether I think those predictions were on point or not. The second half of episode 4 I walk you through Well + Good's 2020 predictions. If you’re interested in what the health and wellness world has to offer and might be offering in the near future, you won’t want to miss this episode. The new CBD oil, the most popular workout, how your skincare is being made, the importance of brain health, pesticide-free vino and alt-fish? Yep. This episode is perfect for those who don’t have time to sit down and read these lists, but would rather pop those air pods in and hear what trends are coming (and real-time commentary from Natalie). Click below to listen to the episode, or listen on Apple podcasts, Spotify or wherever you normally listen to your podcasts here. Don’t forget to subscribe, rate & review me. This helps tremendously. Thanks for listening!
35:27
December 29, 2019
Episode 3: West Gissinger, manager of Session Pilates, on life as a career fitness instructor in Dallas
In this episode, West Gissinger, a career fitness trainer and manager at Session Pilates based in Dallas, Texas joins us for a fun conversation. We talk about her diet (you’ll love her JuiceLand order), how she got built those insane abs, how she trains herself and values recovery and more. Tune in to hear all about being a trainer for a full-time career: the good, the bad and the ugly.
49:47
December 12, 2019
Episode 2: Mai Lyn Ngo, founder of Fitness Ambassadors & Deep Fried Fit, on being real on Instagram and what's going on in the Dallas fitness scene
In this episode, we sit down with Mai Lyn Ngo, founder of Fitness Ambassadors (www.fitnessambassadors.com), a fitness influencer network and experiential events marketing company based in Dallas, and author of Deep Fried Fit blog (www.deepfriedfit.com). We cover how Mai Lyn got started with her blog which then led to growing a community of fitness influencers in Dallas with a following of now nearly 20,000 people, what really being “authentic” on social media looks like, the term “pick your brain” and some of the trends in the fitness and wellness world she’s noticed in the DFW area.
31:05
November 28, 2019
Episode 1: Introduction to The Fitness Insider & Host Natalie Wolfe
Meet your host of The Fitness Insider, Natalie Wolfe. She's the CEO and founder of a tech startup called StudioHop and it's based in Dallas, Texas.
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November 14, 2019