18 Sep Time passed, passion remains
I have a great memory when it to my fitness career history- Facebook helps me pin point dates. Today I opened my Facebook app to it showing me this post. I cannot believe that it has been three years since I began my career in the fitness industry! For those who do not know, I started off at Crunch as a lead admin. From scanning guests in to answering the phone and explaining memberships to running the POS system, giving tours of the gym and setting up memberships- I did it all. My position taught me a lot about the business side of running a gym. It was a great learning experience but I wanted to do more, I saw the way personal training was done and knew that it was something that I wanted to do but in my own way with my vision.
Fast forward two years later after the Crunch post, I am at Olympia working with Live Fit Apparel. My first Olympia experience was in 2014 when I went as a spectator, I remember telling one of my friends that in 2015 I would be working at fitness expos and it came true. In 2015 I worked the LA Fit Expo, Arnold in Columbus, Dallas Europa and the Olympia in Vegas which was the last fitness expo I worked. In the year span that I was with Live Fit I was able to meet so many amazing people at expos and connect with many more via social media. Working for a company while still running my personal training business and bootcamps was definitely overwhelming especially when I was still trying to process my Mom’s passing. 2015 was one of the worst years of my life emotionally even though it seemed like I had it together. The type of person I am, I will always keep going even when I feel like my world is crashing down on me.
September 18, 2016. Today I was not at Crunch or Olympia, today I spent the day with some of my closest friends catching up, talking about life and just enjoying each other’s presence and appreciating our time together.
I often get asked how one can get into the industry and/or to inspire. My best advice is to be yourself, work hard and make sure that you are genuinely passionate about it. For me, it has never been about the followers and likes- it’s been about making a difference in others lives even if it is just one person. I want you to know that the industry is not as glamorous as it is portrayed on social media. There is one aspect that is shown online and then there is the back end that works OT to keep things running. I am thankful to have worked on the back end at Crunch and Live Fit to understand how hard it is to run and keep a business running. From re-racking weights (even the tiniest things make a difference) to making sure the POS system is correct and customer service is above satisfaction at Crunch; to packing orders, planning expos, taking care of athletes and being an executive assistant for the first time at LVFT- man it was all so crazy and stressful but memorable.
In 2016 I went back to personal training full time and to be my own boss again. I had a vision of how I wanted to do things, of how I wanted my life and future to be. I knew I had to focus on it and myself, as the saying goes “Go after your dreams or spend the rest of your life working for someone who did.” 2016 has been filled with great opportunities and I am so grateful for all of the companies that have reached out to me and who have believed in me and supported my vision. I want to thank Passion Planners, Lorna Jane, Finish Line, Reebok, Puma, and ISA again for the opportunities and friendships made along the way.
It’s crazy to see how much can change within a few years..a year. A lot may have changed these past three years but the one thing that remains the same is my love and passion of fitness; and wanting to help others live a healthy and happy lifestyle. Whatever you are passionate about, go after it and go after it with all of your fucking heart and soul. To be honest, three years ago I never would have pictured my life or thought I would want the life that I have now. I had my business degree and was working at a corporate mortgage firm behind a desk processing paperwork Monday through Friday 8:30am-6:30pm. I thought I had made it in life because I had a fancy corporate job and a paycheck but I had no purpose or passion in life except being financially successful. Deep down I knew I was meant to be more and to do more in my life than to work, pay bills and die. It has not been easy these past three years- there has been times where I had doubts, struggled not only mentally and emotionally but financially as well. It would have been easy during those tough times to give up and look for another office job with a guaranteed paycheck every two weeks but I could not and will never give up on myself. Everyone has their calling, mine is helping others in fitness and in life. Whatever yours is I pray that you give yourself a chance and go after it. I hope that my journey shows you that anything is possible with passion as long as you believe in yourself, work extremely hard and never ever give up. You honestly will never know where you may be a year or three from now unless you try.
Work, live and love with passion.
<3 Anne Phung