Today we’d like to introduce you to Michelle Gutierrez.
Michelle, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I am the owner/creator of Live Fit with Michelle, mother to two beautiful little girls, military spouse, Certified National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) Personal Trainer and Precision Nutrition Level 1.
My passion for fitness started as a little girl. I vividly remember my mother as always being very active, whether it was swimming in her free time, doing sit-ups in the middle of our living room floor, or even popping in a calisthenics video to exercise along to. Sometimes I would even join in.
Throughout high school and college, I frequented local gyms with friends. Simply put, I loved the way I felt after a workout. It wasn’t until I had my first daughter, however, that fitness meant more to me than just working out at the gym. As soon as I found out I was pregnant, I became very aware of everything I was putting into my body. I wanted the very best for my daughter even before she was born. I began to take a closer look at my nutrition and well-being as I knew that my actions would ultimately affect my baby. The healthier I was, the healthier my daughter would be. Just as I had watched and learned from my mother, I knew my daughter would be watching and learning from me. I couldn’t expect to feed her well if I ate junk myself; I couldn’t expect her to be active when she grew up if I made myself feel guilty for working out in her presence. I quickly learned that I could have my cake and eat it too by making healthy meals for the whole family and squeezing in jogs with my daughter in the stroller or working out next to her as she played on the living room floor. We both were happier and healthier! Fitness took on a new meaning – being fit meant having a healthy mind, healthy body, and healthy environment.
What started as a hobby quickly became a passion as I decided to become certified as a prenatal and postnatal fitness instructor for Fit4Mom in 2012. For 4 years, I taught fitness classes with my children in tow and was fortunate enough to be in a position to touch the lives of many women around me. I helped women realize that their potential was truly unlimited, helped them reach milestones they never thought possible, and helped them become the role models they wanted to be for their children. My career in this industry has also had a positive impact on my girls. My oldest daughter tells me all the time that she wants to be strong like me! It is also no coincidence that my daughters’ ideas of fun are doing burpees and making healthy snacks in the kitchen with Mama.
In 2016, I took my love for helping women make lifestyle transformations one step further by getting my NASM Personal Trainer Certification and creating Live Fit with Michelle! My motto has and always will be that Living Fit is a Lifestyle and Not a Destination! I strive to empower others (young, old, male, or female) to stop thinking about quick fixes and start to make lasting changes in their lives. My programs are designed to not only help clients reach their milestones but to also feel amazing in their skin and thrive for life. It is not just about getting my clients into incredible shape, rather it is about re-shaping their perspective on nutrition and fitness and helping them take daily, consistent steps to living a fit life!
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Starting Live Fit with Michelle was a huge learning experience for me. I did not know how to run a business. All I knew was that I had a passion for empowering others to make their health a priority and learn to live a life they love!
I did not know the first thing about being an entrepreneur, let alone in the health and fitness space which is so vast! I have learned something new every single day and have found that my struggles that include marketing, automating tasks, finding the best payment and scheduling systems, and finding time in my day for myself and my family have all made me a stronger and more resilient woman!
Live Fit with Michelle – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
Live Fit with Michelle is a lifestyle transformation brand. My motto is that Living Fit is a Lifestyle and not a Destination! I truly believe that health and fitness are important for a long, fulfilled life and empower my clients to work on daily, consistent steps in order to reach their goals and live fit not just for the next 6 weeks, but for LIFE. I help clients not only get into incredible shape, but help them feel great, reach their milestones, re-shape their perspectives on health and fitness and thrive for LIFE!
What sets Live Fit with Michelle apart from other businesses in this industry is that I truly care about all of my clients and their individual goals whether they are in my local Fit Camp classes, local corporate classes, or in my online coaching programs – Back on Track, Back to YOU and Live Fit for LIFE.
I am the coach in your corner! The coach who doesn’t just sell you a program and leave you to figure it out on your own or run you through a workout without any additional support, but one who truly seeks to understand your individual situation as a means to guide you towards your goals.
What is “success” or “successful” for you?
Success is a journey and not a destination, much like living fit! Success is as a result of dedication, preparation, perseverance, hard work, and also disappointment, sacrifice and learning from failure. Success is more about the obstacles and challenges that you have overcome, than the end result.
With my clients, we celebrate every single little step that they take along the path to their goal. This is what breeds success! There is no key to success, rather there are many different keys that you need to open doors that lead you to where you are wanting to go. Knowing that you have done the best that you can to move yourself along the path is success!
- Fit Camp 10 class Pass – $100/10 classes
- Back on Track, Back to YOU – $199 for 6-week strength training and nutrition program
- Live Fit for LIFE – $99/month for 12-month habits-based nutrition and lifestyle coaching
- HIIT to LIFT FIT – $49 for 6-week beginning strength training program
- Live Fit at Home Fitness Video Membership – $9.99/month
- Website: www.livefitwithmichelle.com
- Phone: 925-264-9113
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @livefitmichelle
- Facebook: www.facebook.com/livefitwithmichelle
- Yelp: https://www.yelp.com/biz/live-fit-with-michelle-san-diego
- Other: https://app.acuityscheduling.com/schedule.php?owner=14021520
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