I had so much fun meeting with owner Ryan Bloor at his fitness studio in downtown Waukesha. Ryan has been in Waukesha for a few years now, and I was able to see a little bit of him “in action” with a real client when I visited his fitness studio for his feature.
Please tell me a bit about yourself and the history of your business.
I am Carroll graduate (2013) and started personal training at the Waukesha YMCA and Anytime Fitness in Pewaukee right out college. A year after graduating I started Right Body Fitness, LLC with one client and grew from there. In the summer of 2015 I made the leap and left Anytime Fitness (where I was working full time) and began working on my business full time. I had found a space to rent in Waukesha and I am still there today. I have a 500 sq foot personal training studio in the 217 building on Wisconsin Ave near down town. I provide one on one personal training, small group training and online coaching. I primarily work with individuals who are looking to lose some weight, get stronger and learn healthier lifestyle change habits. I pride myself and my coaching on teaching clients, not only how to lose weight, but also how to sustain that weight loss for a happier and healthier life. Along with my personal training I provide extensive nutrition guidance as well for all my clients; something that I think sets me apart from many other personal trainers.
Why did you decide to go into the field you are in?
I was a Recreation Management major at Carroll, which is a pretty broad major, providing many different career options. By my junior year I knew I wanted to focus on fitness though. I had always been active playing sports, lifting weights and running (track at Carroll). I began writing workouts for my Dad and friends and really enjoyed seeing their progress. It was at this time I knew I wanted to be a personal trainer.
What has been your favorite part about being a business owner?
I love the independence. I love being able to make the decisions, have a schedule I can usually control and being able to be 100% responsible for the successes and failures of my business.
What has been the biggest challenge you’ve faced as a small business owner?
Finding some balance in my life. My only hobbies are exercise and running my business. I love it, but also need to find time to relax and get my mind off of “work.” I have gotten better at this over time.
What is a typical work day like for you?
I wake up at 5am and starting training clients at 6am. I usually have 4-5 hours of personal training before noon. I head home, play fetch with my dog (a red labrador), do client emails, eat lunch and get a workout in either at my home gym or back at my studio. Then I usually train 3-4 more clients in the late afternoon and early evening. I wrap up the day with more client emails before bed. Wake up and do it again! I have given myself Friday afternoons off though, for business meetings, blogging or just relaxing, which has been nice. On Sundays I handle my online clients by sending workout and nutrition emails for the week.
What is something people would be surprised to know about your business or career field?
How much time I spend outside of the normal “personal training” hours doing work. I spend about as much time sending workout and nutrition emails, blogging and checking in with clients as I do actually training clients. I am much more of a “coach” then just a personal trainer.
What’s one piece of advice you would give to someone who wants to run their own business?
Be ready to work and commit yourself to your customers 100%. To get any business going requires extreme dedication and work ethic, but if you truly enjoy your career it won’t seem like work. There are days when you will be stressed and might not enjoy “some” things of your business, but in the end, nothing beats working for yourself.