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Community Highlights: Meet Kylie Vasquez of Vasquez Training

Today we’d like to introduce you to Kylie Vasquez.  

Hi Kylie, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
It all started with a quarter-life crisis. I was 25, moved back in with my parents after ending my professional dance career, and had no clue what I wanted to pursue next. It was my 26th Birthday when I went on a solo hike, Blue Sky in Poway, and at the top of that mountain, it hit me like a lightbulb, but more of a cloud clearing, sunshine beaming down on me, Angels singing kind of moment, where I was told “this way” and personal training would be my next career move. Looking back, it all makes perfect sense. Back in grade school, I had interviewed my mom about her fitness job and how she was able to raise a family, set her own hours, select her own clients, and essentially have a work/ life balance. It sounded like a great career. I was even featured in the yearbook doing pull-ups in my cute little crop top and matching skort. Oh, the 90’s. I was always an athletic kid. I remember wondering why the girls would gossip on the blacktop when soccer with the boys was so much better. I guess that desire for movement and fun has brought me to where I am today. Upon getting home after that hike, I immediately called my friend who worked at Equinox, the best gym in the country, and asked “how?” It just so happened the only Equinox in San Diego had opened a few months earlier. It was meant to be. I bought my certification materials, started working at the front desk, and transitioned to a personal trainer 4 months later. Having a degree in Dance from Chapman University definitely helped expedite this process with already having knowledge in Anatomy, Kinesiology, Nutrition, and of course, movement. I just needed a few more skills which is why I chose Equinox to begin with. They educate, support, and empower their trainers to be the best. I had to pass many tests, attain several more certifications, and build a business before becoming a Tier 3+ personal trainer for the company. It was an amazing 4 years. Fast forward, Covid happened. I became self-employed the very next day and had a full business running out of my garage. I wouldn’t change it for the world. I finally achieved what I was after all these years- work/life balance. Pursuing not only a career I love, but a life that includes more vacations, pool days on my lunch break, and having time to make homemade healthy meals. I feel more grounded, in control of my health, and I’m able to be the best parent to my doggies. 

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way? Looking back, would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
For the most part, Equinox allowed me to blossom and the transition to self-employment was pretty seamless since most clients didn’t have another option during Covid. The struggles I used to face in the beginning were more emotional than tangible. I used to absorb the stresses and worries of my clients and take it home with me and let it ruin my sleep. I didn’t know how to separate work from my personal life. Through experience and therapy, I’ve learned to be the light and cheerleader for these people seeking change. Most women come to me wanting weight loss when deep down they desire to be heard, supported, empowered, and loved. Of course, we address the textbook information of gaining strength and losing fat, but I think knowing someone’s “why” can induce the most change. 

Great, so let’s talk business. Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I am a self-employed personal trainer in Carlsbad. I provide in-person personal training sessions as well as virtual personal training sessions. I consider the whole person when discussing goals, lifestyle, and background information. I want to know people’s deep down “why” in order to achieve success. I specialize in strength, conditioning, and functional training. Just some fancy words for, I want to help you be and feel better. Whether you are a professional athlete or a postpartum Mom, I want to show you how beautiful and strong your body is and can be. Vasquez Training is known for body positivity and celebrating all types of women. We encourage each individual to “come as you are”. 

What matters most to you? Why?
To love and be loved. Everyone comes from someone and somewhere. It is a tragedy how disconnected humans are from each other due to shame or fear. I wish we could live in a world full of acceptance, diversity, authenticity, and beauty. I love the quote “the flower does not think of competing with the flower next to it, it just blooms”. Every person was made on purpose, but not everyone sees their value. May we all feel loved and be able to lead with love, among our differences. 

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