10 episodes

Welcome to the What Makes You Sweat podcast! On this show we talk with fitness professionals and entrepreneurs from all over the world about how they’ve built their business, what makes them sweat, and their biggest lessons learned. Learn how to start and scale your business, and navigate the world of being a fitness entrepreneur.



Your host, Martha Fedorak, is a CPA, MBA by trade but a fitness instructor and entrepreneur at heart. She has been teaching yoga & fitness for over a decade and finally took the leap to quit her corporate job to co-found a successful fitness startup.

What Makes You Sweat Habitly

    • Health & Fitness
    • 5.0 • 3 Ratings

Welcome to the What Makes You Sweat podcast! On this show we talk with fitness professionals and entrepreneurs from all over the world about how they’ve built their business, what makes them sweat, and their biggest lessons learned. Learn how to start and scale your business, and navigate the world of being a fitness entrepreneur.



Your host, Martha Fedorak, is a CPA, MBA by trade but a fitness instructor and entrepreneur at heart. She has been teaching yoga & fitness for over a decade and finally took the leap to quit her corporate job to co-found a successful fitness startup.

    Justina Ercole - Beyond Broadway: Setting up a virtual fitness business

    Justina Ercole - Beyond Broadway: Setting up a virtual fitness business

    Coming from a background in dance and musical theatre, teaching dance-based fitness classes like barre and dance cardio were a natural fit for Justina Ercole. Justina is a fitness instructor and YouTuber based in New York City. She uses her YouTube channel to build awareness about her online fitness offerings and grow her business. On this episode, we’re talking about how Justina is growing her online presence, the fun and not-so-fun parts of running your own business such as setting up an LLC and music licensing.





    Highlights:



    - Why Justina loves teaching online, how she connects with her clients online, and her top piece of advice for teaching a great fitness class online



    - How Justina uses YouTube to drive business to grow her online business



    - What music licensing is and why it’s important to have a license, especially if you’re teaching online fitness classes



    - Why Justina set up a limited liability company (LLC) to run her online business through and why it’s important to consider your business structure when it comes to running your own business





    Connect:



    https://www.justinaercole.com/



    https://www.youtube.com/c/JustinaErcole/about



    https://www.instagram.com/justinaercole/



    https://habitlyfit.com/

    • 49 min
    Deanna DiCarlo: Hard lessons about yoga and business

    Deanna DiCarlo: Hard lessons about yoga and business

    Deanna is a rockstar yoga instructor based out of Toronto. Deanna’s opened two yoga studios abroad - one in St. Maarten and another in Miami - sure it’s the dream of every yoga teacher but it hasn’t been all sunshine and yoga on the beach. She’s learned a lot of hard lessons and come out stronger both personally and professionally. She’s now building her own online studio and running her own business. She’s bold, refreshingly authentic, and she’s got really great advice that every instructor should hear - so let’s get started.



    Highlights:

    - The hard lessons Deanna learned about yoga and business, and how she learned to be humble without allowing herself to be taken advantage of financially

    - The difference between working as an instructor for studios vs. independently - and how Deanna is creating a life for herself that allows her to make the most of her passion

    - Why it’s important to protect your worth while also giving back, and how Deanna’s found a balance of working for others while also promoting her own brand - especially in the online space

    - What the reality of being a fitness instructor in a big city really is like, why sending in a resume won’t get you the job, and Deanna’s top piece of advice for getting hired in a saturated market

    - The one thing she’s invested in that’s helping her to grow her business while working less

    - Deanna’s experience opening yoga studios abroad - what she learned and her biggest takeaway that every instructor needs to hear



    Connect:

    deannadicarlo.com

    @dedica

    @habitlyfit

    habitlyfit.com

    • 59 min
    Colleen: Growing a membership-based fitness business with CDP Fitness

    Colleen: Growing a membership-based fitness business with CDP Fitness

    As a retired marathon runner, Colleen loves to workout and workout hard. After years of running injuries, Colleen retired from running and fell for challenging strength workouts: Barre, Pilates, and Lagree Fitness. She quit her job at a big pharma company to become a full-time fitness instructor. She always intended on having an online presence and even purchased the URL for her business more than five years ago. The pandemic was the perfect push Colleen needed to build her online fitness business, CDP Fitness.



    Highlights:



    - The key differences between growing her following in person and online and how the pandemic was the perfect push Colleen needed to teach online

    - Why Colleen was concerned that the membership model wouldn’t work for her classes and how she’s built a business model that is sustainable while keeping her clients happy

    - The top two things she’s learned about advertising and promoting herself as a brand online and on social media, and how to overcome the comparison game as a fitness entrepreneur on social media

    - The most valuable feedback Colleen’s received from her members





    Connect:

    https://www.cdpfitness.com/

    https://instagram.com/cdpfit

    https://www.instagram.com/habitlyfit/

    • 35 min
    Susan Hu: Opening your heart to the possibilities

    Susan Hu: Opening your heart to the possibilities

    After obtaining two masters degrees and working in marketing and communications for seven years, Susan decided to follow her passion for yoga and become a full-time instructor in New York City. Susan is an advocate for self-care and for making yoga accessible to everyone. She started Everyone’s Yoga, an online platform for accessible yoga, before the pandemic and has since grown it to a platform bigger than she ever imagined.



    Highlights

    - The yoga practice that shifted Susan’s life and how her background in marketing and journalism naturally led her to launch an online platform to share her passion with others

    - What happened when Susan overcame the initial resistance of going online and how Susan used her online platform to connect, grow, and raise the overall vibration of her community

    - NYC’s yoga market and the key differences that set Susan’s offerings apart from others in a saturated market

    - Susan’s real advice for getting through challenging times, especially as an entrepreneur facing uncertainty in the pandemic

    - “Everyone should be meditating for 20 minutes a day - unless you’re too busy, then you should be meditating for an hour”



    Connect:

    Everyonesyoga.net

    @susanhu33

    @habitlyfit

    • 31 min
    Clarissa Karunaratne: The power of social media and building community

    Clarissa Karunaratne: The power of social media and building community

    Pre-pandemic, Clarissa was working her “dream job” as a social media manager for a boutique fitness studio and teaching yoga sculpt classes in LA. When the studios closed for lockdown, everyone was forced to show up in ways they never thought they would. For Clarissa that meant bringing her classes online and staying connected with her community virtually. Clarissa took a risk on herself by quitting her job, investing in an online platform, and putting her social media skills to use to grow her own business.



    Highlights

    - The power of social media and top three marketing and social media tips for growing an online business

    - The real truths about the tough parts of following your intuition as an entrepreneur

    - How to overcome a period of transition and growth, take a risk on yourself, and follow your intuition

    - The importance of having a plan but finding success by being flexible for opportunities that arise

    - How connecting with your community virtually through uncertain times strengthens the community:

    “lockdown has connected us on a whole other level and has forced us to show up in laces we never thought we would… as humans we’ve gained a bigger understanding for one another; no one know how to navigate a global pandemic”



    Connect:



    clarissakarunaratne.com

    @clarissakarunaratne

    @habitlyfit

    • 40 min
    Lee-Anne Reuber: The real truths of Entrepreneurship

    Lee-Anne Reuber: The real truths of Entrepreneurship

    For many fitness professionals, owning a studio is the ultimate dream of fitness entrepreneurship. 2020 has been a tough year for the boutique fitness industry. Today we’re talking with Lee-Anne Reuber, who was ahead of the game and pivoted her studio to bring her business online even before the pandemic. We’ll talk about how she made the leap to let go of the “dream studio” and launch a virtual fitness platform. Lee-Anne shares her major lessons learned as an entrepreneur in the wellness space, the reality of owning your own business, and how her offering is unique in an up-and-coming virtual space.



    Highlights

    - How Lee-Anne made the leap to pivot her business from a physical studio to an entirely virtual platform and why she pivoted even before the pandemic

    - The main reason why it’s so important to have a clear “WHY” as an entrepreneur, and what Lee-Anne’s biggest WHY is both in running the studio and virtual platform

    - How to launch even when you don’t feel ready and the importance of being open to new opportunities as they present themselves

    - The importance of investing in yourself and how taking a risk on yourself can ultimately lead to greater success

    - Choosing to have a positive mindset on money, how to invest in your business, and why taking on debt isn’t necessarily a negative thing for your business

    - The power of affirmations and how Lee-Anne uses affirmations and visualization to set herself and her business up for success

    - Top three elements for getting out of your head and into your body that are used in SSS’s signature Connektion class and how these apply to entrepreneurship:

    * Pushing past limiting beliefs

    * Getting comfortable with the uncomfortable

    * Letting go of the fear of failure



    Connect:



    sekond-skin-society.mykajabi.com

    @sekond_skin_society

    @habitlyfit

    • 1 hr 36 min

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