Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?
I have always been an athlete since I could walk. My entire life revolved around sports until I got hurt at the University of Pittsburgh. After my injury, I went to Wall Street. I thought it would be my best option: however, I was miserable and was missing something. I feel in love with triathlons because you can workout daily. I realized I simply hate my job more and more and want to be around sports. More and more people would ask me for tips on how to train. Then finally, I simply opened my own place.
Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started doing this?
One month into running my business everything was falling apart, however, a friend asked me to help someone out about starting a similar business in Europe. That person is now my wife and the mother of my child. We are a powerhouse team when it comes to fitness.
Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them to thrive and not “burn out”?
That is a tough question because I am a person that refuses to fail, even during this time of COVID-19. In the beginning, I had a full staff that took advantage of my training and left for the city. I ended up teaching 4-5 classes a day for 7 days a week for 6 months straight without a day off. I was falling apart. My suggestion would be to not do that.
None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story?
My then-girlfriend, now wife, Nada, she literally was next to me day in and day out. She was amazing with structure and people. I was great at basic teaching and small talk after. I put more into my craft and she allowed me to explore it more. She handled customer service, hiring new staff, and I simply was making sure our product was flawless. She eventually started teaching a year later and is a Rockstar.
How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world?
We try to give people 45 minutes of mindfulness that goes deeper than a sweat. It helps you empower yourself. At first, we could only do this with 30-40 people at a time, now we can reach a bigger audience around the world because of our online classes that are live and OnDemand.
Do you have a favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share a story of how that was relevant to you in your life?
Time is the most valuable commodity. If you respect people’s time, they will respect you. We are in an age of 10-second stories and 1-minute videos. We move fast in life and we should not waste people’s time. You never know how much you have in the end.
How can our readers follow you on social media?
You can follow me at Foleynyc and PunchPedal on Instagram.