Recently, Meredith Butilis, a Globe University-Online health fitness specialist program chair, shared a student’s story with me that was simply too good to not share with all of you.
Christine Alfred, a current health fitness specialist student who is currently in her externship, decided it was time to start her own fitness business. Getting Fit with Christine is an at-home personal training service specializing in women and children.
I had an opportunity to chat with Christine about some of the setbacks she has encountered during the process of getting a business off the ground as well as some of her successes as a new business owner!
What inspired you to get into the health/fitness field?
Since a young age, I’ve been very passionate about sports. Once I got to college I wasn’t involved in athletics, but I still wanted to be active. I decided to take a training to become an aerobics instructor and fell in love with fitness. From there, I decided that I wanted to become a health and fitness specialist and help others be healthy.
What’s the biggest success you’ve had trying to start your own business?
I have recently teamed up with a bridal company called Perfect Wedding Guide. We decided to form a Bridal Boot Camp competition and offer brides 8 weeks of free personal training. For them to win, they send an inspirational story about why they deserve free training and whatever story gets the most likes on Facebook will win! It has been very touching for me to read all of their stories on why they need and deserve help to a healthy routine.
Have you had any setbacks while you’ve been trying to get your business off the ground? If so, how did you overcome/work around them?
My business resides in Louisville, Ky., but I am originally from Iowa, so I had to start from scratch. I had no connections so it took me a long time to effectively network and build a relationship with clients. Fortunately, my business started to grow with word of mouth!
If you could give one piece of advice to other students hoping to start their own fitness businesses what would it be?
I think the best piece of advice to other students wanting to start their own business is to know the sacrifices that come with it. There is a lot of investment that came with starting my own business, whether it was buying new equipment, advertising costs, or giving away free personal training sessions to get my name out there. I also work long hours and do not have much free time so it has been a huge commitment.
Where do you see yourself and your business in 5 years….10 years?
In 5 years I see myself still running Getting Fit with Christine and it continuing to be very successful. I hope to one day also have nutritional products available to my clients along with personal training. My goal for 10 years is to one day have a personal training studio. I would like to offer one-on-one personal training, small group training, and an array of fitness classes.