My Health and Fitness Journey

My journey from a group dance instructor and Personal Trainer to (a stay at home) (home based) Health and Fitness Business owner.
My Health and Fitness journey started in 1999, I was a working mom with 3 kids and hated my job. (there I said it, Hated!)
You see I’m one of those people that have to see a greater purpose than just working a job to make money. Making money just doesn’t motivate me, I need to feel a part of something bigger, something where I feel that my purpose in life is being fulfilled.
Well, one day several fellow employees (I was working as a dental assistant at that time) asked if I would like to join them after work to go to the gym.
There is where I found my passion, you see it was the first time I had joined in a group workout class! I loved the music, the energy, the fun, It didn’t feel like I was even working out!
From that day on I knew that I needed to be involved in some type of group fitness activity. Since I loved dance, I soon found a local Jazzercise class to join. It became my happy place! I so looked forward to getting off work and attending the class several nights a week.

So naturally I became a licensed Jazzercise instructor soon after.
And for a while, I worked and taught as one of the instructors at a local studio. But I wanted more, so I opened up my own Jazzercise studio and ran it for 5 years.
Wanting to go deeper into fitness, I decided to teach other formats and went for and received my AFAA group instructor certification. Later I became a N.A.S.M. certified personal trainer, Sports Nutrition Specialist and a Zumba instructor.

All this was great and while I was teaching or training a client, I loved it. However, I just wasn’t making the money I needed to, in order to be able to relax and enjoy being full time in the fitness business.
If it wasn’t the overhead of running a studio, it was the low pay of $20 – $30 dollars per class fee the local gyms where willing to pay for a group class. I just couldn’t teach enough classes to make my goal of $250/wk take home. (which was about all I would be taking home if I worked a job as a dental assistant, after paying for daycare/after school care and other expenses).

Then several years ago I received a certification to teach a workout format called PIYO Strength, the instructor that was teaching the certification class introduced me to the Team Beachbody Coaching opportunity.
I wasn’t sure at first, especially since it didn’t involve hands on Fitness training with a client or group as I had been accustom to. But I figured I could and would continue to teach some classes and run a few boot camp fitness classes, while I also worked on growing my Team Beachbody business from home.
Fast forward a couple of years and I am now dedicating most of my time to developing my Team Beachbody business. Within 18 months, from home, I was making up to 4 times per week the amount I had previously held as a goal. And I was doing it without much overhead, without a boss, without being at the mercy of the gyms schedule, without leaving the house, if I don’t want to!
I now can schedule my days as I desire, I wake up when I wake up, I work a while, do a home workout and spend time during the middle of the work day doing an outside fitness activity, when the weather permits. I work with my team online, I train clients virtually, I spend time on personal development, I blog, I share my Health, Fitness and Nutrition advice via social media and my website.

So far as a Team Beachbody coach, I have enjoyed several paid weekend get a-ways with other Team Beachbody coaches, a Disney trip, March 2014 will be an all expense paid private Team Beachbody 6 Day cruise with $500 onboard credit and I am working on earning next years 5 day trip to the all inclusive Moon Palace in Cancun Mexico.
Now these are things I can get passionate about, no more do I focus on making money, I now focus on helping others get physically and financially fit!

If you have questions about being a Beachbody Coach or a Preferred customer of mine please use the contact me banner below. I look forward to getting to know you and your physical and financial goals!

For more information you can view this quick video introducing Team Beachbody HERE.

Yours in Health, Fitness and Success!

Ruthie Gage

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