Even The Greatest Needed Help

As I look back on my life, my greatest achievements all had one thing in common, a great coach or mentor. In high school I had a soccer coach who not only lead me on the field but gave me guidance off the field as well. In martial arts, all my achievements were only possible by great instructors. I was blessed with amazing teachers in grade school, junior high, high school and college. All had a huge impact on my life. As I got into personal training, I had mentors who helped me navigate which programs and certifications to study. They also gave me tips on how to better run a class. Today, I still have other martial art instructors who guide me and look for feedback from fellow fitness professionals. In Phi Sigma Phi, my Advisory Council is priceless.

One area I hesitated to get guidance was my business. I recently made that investment in myself. I have invested in myself in other ways with no pause. I went to college and got a degree in Business Management, studied for my Certified Personal Training Certificate, took fitness specializations and while in the corporate world got my APCIS Certification. I cannot explain why I hesitated to get help in my business. It is clearly proven in every aspect that a coach, mentor or advisor can accelerate and focus your results. While there is always a price tag, the results and knowledge obtained make that a huge return on investment.

I know plenty of people who can motivate themselves to go to the gym daily. They are disciplined and work hard day in and day out. I do that myself for fitness and business. But with both, I get much better results with someone pushing and guiding me. Many people hesitate to hire a trainer or work in small guided groups as they feel they can “do it all alone”. It can be done true, but humans are creatures of habit. We get tunnel vision and only see what we want. An outside perspective and larger focus by someone else can make huge strides. I often work with a client and get them past a plateau and improved results quickly as they had been stuck in a pattern. They needed an unbiased view and a switch in plan. That is what I provide even in a group setting. That is why I completely revised my program and alter the series of our new sessions regularly. This prevents stagnation and boredom as well as better results.

Joe Montana, Tom Brady, Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, John F. Kennedy, Derek Jeter, Mark Cuban, Jennifer Hudson and Robert DeNiro all have one thing in common. They all have a coach or mentor who helped them to their greatest achievements. Yes, I could keep plugging along and eventually hit my goals but a coach can make the progress go much faster and in turn allow me to set even higher goals sooner! I want to do the same for others in fitness, martial arts and life.

 

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Rise Above

Rise Above

It has been a while since we wrote a blog and it is past due. Our recent changes have had some great results but also big struggles also. It is definitely a bit of a dark and stormy day for us in life. We have had many before and know we will again but this storm has been a strong one and we are really getting battered.

Even paradise has dark and cloudy days on occasion. Our life is honestly one that is blessed and we have been able to battle through some roadblocks. We have not faced quite the trials as others but our life is not an easy one either. We work very hard for every victory. And as days when it rains, it sometimes seems like it will never end and you get caught up in the gloom.

I constantly tell my students to push through their tough breaks and struggles and never give up. I have to follow my own advice. I often get down, discouraged, feel gloomy and want to retreat back to the security of a corporate job. Luckily, I have mentors, friends and loved ones who keep pushing me to get up and rise above the dark times. It is not always easy and often takes a lot of effort but I know I can get there. I know if I retreat I will regret it and wonder every day if I could have made it.

We listen to mentor and advice podcasts and a recent one discussed how on stormy days if you fly high enough you leave the clouds and rain and push through to the sunshine. The bright and warm sun is always there just at times covered in the gloom. You have to be powerful enough to rise above the clouds and push towards the sun. We know the sun is there, we know brighter days will follow we just have to rise above.

 

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New Team Partner - Ebony

We are excited to announce the addition of several key partners to our team. These new instructors will help us provide better overall wellness, fitness and health to our clients. We want to help people find their fitness formula and reach their goals. We also want our friends to succeed in their business. These partners will allow us to grow also.

 

Ebony has filled in for us during our Karate Body Fitness group sessions and was very popular with our clients. She is a fellow Advocare Distributor which helped us connect when we met intiially. She shares our same passion and drive to help others improve their health. Due to her knowing some of our clients and looking to exapnd her own program it made sense to add her as a partner to our team. Check out her full bio below as well as her own trianing bsuiness.

 

Facebook: Ebony Robinson-Snowden
Twitter: @royalpainfit
Instagram: @royalpainfitness
Periscope: @royalpainfit (Ebony Robinson-Snowden)

Bio:

Ebony Robinson is the sole operator and certified trainer of Royal Pain  Fitness, LLC. While fitness and health is her passion and calling, it  has not always been at the forefront of her life.

 

Ebony spent many years from adolescents into adulthood battling weight issues and how to correctly address them. Over the years, fad diets, well  known weight loss treatments as well as off and on exercise were used to lose weight. Some were successful but never enough to make a big  difference. In 2011 at 148lbs, Ebony began working with a Personal  Trainer and within a few weeks the results were astonishing. Learning  how to properly incorporate cardiovascular exercise, resistance training and proper nutrition, Ebony finally realized what it meant to live a  healthy lifestyle. She grew to respect the discipline and life was never the same.

 

At the urging of family and her  then trainer, she pursued her own certification in Personal Training. In December of 2012 she began training part time on the weekends and in  the evenings after her job as a Technical Support Representative for a  computer software company.

In July 2013,  Ebony and her family moved back to Los Angeles from a suburban area, she resigned from her 13 year stint as a Technical Support Representative  and boldly decided to create Royal Pain Fitness and pursue it as a full  time career path. This has quickly proven to be one of the greatest  decisions of her life. Her clients enjoy small group sessions, one on  one sessions and she recently joined the team of Jljfitness.com as an  Online Fitness Trainer. The results of her clients show the dedication  that Ebony gives to each person lending moral support, the knowledge to  make total life transformations and the personal experience of what the  journey is like showing her clients that it can be done.

Ebony currently resides in San Diego with her husband who serves in the U.S.  Navy, their 17 year old daughter who is at the top of her class and is  active in film, theater and photography. They also have a 6 yr old son  who is active in Karate and theater. He encourages his Mom and enjoys  taking runs with her during evening group sessions.

Mission Statement- "Royal Pain Fitness,LLC is invested in the total  transformation (mentally, physically and spiritually) by fostering a  healthy lifestyle into ones life. As a collective, we strive to develop  vigorous disciplines through regular exercise, balanced nutrition and an empowered mindset."

 

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New Team Partner - Andrea Hooper - Yoga Instructor

We are excited to announce the addition of several key partners to our team. These new instructors will help us provide better overall wellness, fitness and health to our clients. We want to help people find their fitness formula and reach their goals. We also want our friends to succeed in their business. These partners will allow us to grow also.

 

Andrea has lead some yoga sessions for us and we are excited to not only add yoga to our program but have Andrea leading sessions. Check out her details below! Also follow her blog!!

 

Andrea Hooper is a 200-hour Yoga Six certified Vinyasa Yoga Instructor. She is trained in Classical and Tantric philosophy, asana alignment, pranayama techniques, and Anatomy and Physiology. Through the various chapters of Andrea's life, promoting health and wellness has always played an important role. As a Peace Corps volunteer, U.S. Air Force officer, business owner, wife of a Marine officer, mother of four, and now as a yoga instructor, Andrea has always been focused on helping others live empowered, healthy, and happy lives.  Yoga has been vital to Andrea's strength, both emotionally and physically, for over ten years, providing her space to breathe, move, and focus.  She is honored to be able to give others the joy and solace she has found through yoga - both on and off the mat.

 

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New Team Partner - Torie Baker - Yoga Instructor

We are excited to announce the addition of several key partners to our team. These new instructors will help us provide better overall wellness, fitness and health to our clients. We want to help people find their fitness formula and reach their goals. We also want our friends to succeed in their business. These partners will allow us to grow also.

 Origianlly from the East Coast, Torie is ecstatic to be joinging the Yoga community and opening opportunities for others to explore movement in a fun and safe environemnt in doing so. She completed her 200 hour teaching training at Yoga Six in 2015.

Yoga has served as a practice of balance within all aspects of Torie's life and throughout her career as a professional dancer, ballet instructor and circus performing arts. She encourages sturdents to explore not only the physical aspect of yoga but also the mental and meditative healing it can provide. Watching others through their journey of finding their own mind to body connection brings her pure joy. Her passion to teach and inspire others to live in each present moment to the best of their ability growns each day.

Off the mat Torie enjoys travelling, gardening, catching some rays at the beach and taking hiking trips with her puppy Bo.

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