I hope that this website can help all of you in some way. Whether it's reading my blog and learning about a new workout or a new recipe, joining my Bod Squad, or visiting Dr. Philp and me at Yorkville Medical, I believe there's something here for everyone.
In this past year I've learned so much about being an entrepreneur. I believe that the most important qualities one needs to have when starting a business are:
1. Be proactive – my work ethic is admittedly ridiculous.
2. Staying power – don't count an idea out until you've squeezed out all the juice.
3. Trust your gut – it will always be honest with you.
I'm not naturally a hard driving business person at all, but I've become a lot better at it thanks to a few key people; namely Ian, Cathy and Lindsay Preston, (a.k.a. "Team Preston") who have provided unwavering support through multiple meetings, phone calls and dinners. They are always the first people to show up for my classes, and in true Team Preston style they always give it their all! Mike Preston (no relation), who took me seriously from day one and taught me how to get 'granular' with detail. Jim Beqaj, who makes me feel like I'm his 7th kid and taught me that we can all be happy doing what we love. Jim constantly inspires me with his words of wisdom, or as I call 'Jim-isms', the best one to date: "Nothing says I love you like cash." And of course Matt, my teammate who believes in me and encourages me constantly.
Preston Fitness programs all got started April 2011, I was flat broke coming back from South East Asia and after deciding that the conventional job route was not going to happen for me I had to get busy generating revenue quickly. I had passion but I needed to figure out how to materialize it into a business. I scrambled together flyers to post around my neighborhood to start my first Bod Squad. It went really well, especially considering I didn't have a clue what I was doing business-wise. We had a lot of fun and most people stayed for the entire summer which was wonderful. I also had the great fortune to meet Dr. Philp at Bod Squad and found that we instantly understood each other professionally and personally.
In the fall Matt and I moved into our beautiful new apartment so I had to figure out what the heck I was going to do to pay my rent once the snow came. I shifted my emphasis from Bod Squad to personal training, once I finally started getting clients I had to bike across the city to save on TTC money just to get to their in-home training sessions – as a growing business person I finally started to appreciate Matt's thrifty nature! Meanwhile, Dr. Philp and I laughed and worked really hard while sipping more cups of coffee then we both care to count over her dining room table drawing up our Beauty and the Bod programs at Yorkville Medical. I've spent countless hours blogging into the wee hours of the night trying desperately to think of new and exciting topics. Basically, I've worked my bum off and I wouldn't change it for the world! I'm doing what I was born to do and I'm going for it wholeheartedly.
I've said to myself many times in the last year that if I was a sane person I would have long ago dropped this dream. That's where my passion comes in. I have a true obsession with helping people with their fitness. I care so much about the success of my clients. Helping them succeed is better than Christmas morning for me. I also care so much about you readers so thank you!
I want to hear your thoughts and feedback. Thank you for being on this journey with me, although I feel like we still have yet to begin!
Yours in fitness,
Christie Preston ღ