I never imagined life could be how I’m living it today, building up a coaching, fitness, and travel platform with my partner, surrounded by a team of people whom I admire and respect, with clients that I love and can’t wait to continue getting to know. It certainly has been a long and winding road to get to this point – but I know we’re on the right path!
The idea of being an entrepreneur was never something I considered. During college, I found myself learning how to sell to the high profile clientele who came through the jewelry store where I was employed. Eventually I became store manager and worked there for many years. I envisioned a career path as an area manager, managing multiple stores, and set my sights on that.
One day friend invited me to a Pilates class – which I honestly thought was a late-night infomercial product. I was shocked after that class to find out that I loved it! I started taking a Pilates teacher training certification on nights and weekends – which is really where my life began to change.
After my certification I got a teaching position at a large, internationally-known fitness club in LA. Within a few weeks I had a full teaching schedule when my manager pulled me aside and asked me what I was doing that allowed me to fill my schedule. It dawned on me that I was using retail sales tactics. I knew how to talk to my clients, to understand what they wanted, and to sell it to them. I was just selling Pilates workouts now instead of thousand-dollar handbags.
I realized that my teacher training program did not cover how to get clients. Were other teacher training programs missing this sales aspect too? So I began writing my book, Profitable Pilates: Everything But The Exercises.
My Pilates education continued for over three years with amazing mentors. During this time my partner in life, Brad, and I went to southeast Asia on our honeymoon, stopping for a few days in Cambodia. The experience left such a lasting mark that we would return to Cambodia the following year, leading our first Pilates retreat. Over the ensuing years we led many more trips and eventually secured a retreat space there. We have since built a huge patio where groups can practice Pilates or yoga, and soon we’ll have a coffee shop on the premises too!
As my teaching career continued to grow, I eventually knew it was time to go full entrepreneur, leaving employment behind to rent studio space near where I lived.
Concurrently, my serial-entrepreneur husband, Brad, and I launched a group coaching mastermind for fitness business owners called Agency and offer courses through ProfitablePilates.com to help fitness business owners around the world.
In my studio I began filming classes for my clients who travel so they could maintain their practice while on the road. Those classes turned into a new website, OnlinePilatesClasses.com, and home to hundreds of free Pilates tutorials, memberships for weekly and monthly classes, and a-la-carte Pilates workshops.
My passion for experiencing different cultures, environments, people, and languages has taken me around the world hosting workshops, classes, and retreats along the way. It never ceases to amaze me how movement, how Pilates, can bring everyone together.
Covid brought on new challenges. A 500 square foot apartment with two dogs was not ideal space for the two of us to work from home so we moved to Las Vegas where we could stay near an international airport but also have enough space to bring my studio into the house.
Being forced to stay home brought the advantage of focus. With Brad’s background in music, we launched a podcast, Be It Till You See It, so I could bring the wisdom of the people I’ve met around the world to my clients through interviews. My goal each and every week is for you to walk away from each episode with actionable tips you can apply to your life right where you are, today, right now, to be more bold, executable, intrinsic and targeted as you pursue your goals and dreams.
It has been a wild ride so far and more fun is about to get started! Let’s tackle defeating self-doubt together. Stay tuned for mindset, habit, breath-work courses. All of this and more on LesleyLogan.co.