We had the good fortune of connecting with Arden Gillberg and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Arden, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
The road to starting my own business started with surviving a divorce with a bomb-like explosion and watching cinders fall for month after month. This rocking of my world opened my eyes wide for a reset in my life. With uncertainty, feeling lost and alone, body movement got me through. It literally saved my life. As an athlete and competitor, I raced my way through adversity, overcame challenges and found a whole new me. So, I decided to get certified as a life coach and personal trainer. I consider myself a movement specialist. But, I don’t just train the body, I train the whole body; inside and out, physically and mentally. Exercise relieves tension and it relieves stress. It boosts physical and mental energy with raindrops of joyful endorphins. Regardless of the challenge, I work with individuals dealing with unforeseen situations and help them find their footing through newly found strength; mental and physical. A favorite motto I believe in is “embrace your inner athlete and compete with only one person, yourself”. One small step at a time will get you to one giant leap forward, whole-body and well-being.” By learning to believe in yourself and trust in your ability, body movement at any level, any age, any starting point will help pull you from the rubble.


Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?

I began my coaching/training business in my 50s. A decision I made without hesitation. I knew that I had a story to share and was in the right mindset to help others. I knew I would come into this late game with more insight, life experiences and wisdom. For my personal training certification, it had been a while that I had to study for tests. I had to dust off my brain and put on my thinking cap. After I got certificated, I was fortunate to work with the US Navy as a trainer. Being hired for the navy was pretty exciting. I gained even more knowledge and was certificated with the Navy Operational Fitness and Fueling System (NOFFS) which provides the Navy with the “best in class physical fitness and nutrition information for Sailors, allowing the Navy to maintain peak physical readiness, which is a top priority of the 21st Century Sailor and Marine initiative”. I trained active duty, retired duty, dependents, 1:1 or in groups with bootcamp classes, TRX, spin, senior classes, family bootcamps and 5-10k runs. I was truly honored to be a part of the navy family for over five years.

When COVID hit and the world began shutting down, my personal training became more important than ever. With gyms closing, people feeling isolated, afraid to be around others, I began training in my driveway, outside with 1:1 or 2:1 clients. Some of my clients were many mom/daughters, with COVID ER nurses, father/daughter, a high school student keeping in stay for athletics and more. Throughout the trainings, I was see them release their stress, feel accomplished, and a sense of normalcy again. It brought me such joy to see them leave with a smile on their faces. Now, that the world has opened up more, I have gained many other clients in smaller groups. When my clients finish their workout, my exiting words are, “when you leave today, your body hasn’t changed, but your mindset has and that’s the most important reason to show up”.

My life coaching journey began with an amazing program through IPEC, Institute for Professional Excellence in Training. It took me a long year to complete, but a year that was life-changing for me. I always said, if I never coach one client, I’ve gained tremendous impact personally. This journey has infinitely changed my life. I have had the honor to work with high schoolers, college students, post college graduates, athletes, divorced women and aging women and retired clients. I am glad I became a life coach later in life because I have lived life and can share some experiences that my clients are experiencing. I have the maturity to take a step back and allow the space for clients to reflect and find the answers within themselves. I have been able to partner body movement with life coaching. This has allowed some amazing and powerful life-changing shifts to occur with my clients.

It is never too late to live a great story.


Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Depending on the physical ability of those visiting….if they were into being active I would find places to be active since we are the mecca of water fun!

Active persons activities:

* standup paddle boarding in Coronado – rent boards by the bay

* learn to surf at Tourmaline in PB – famous spot for locals and tourists

* rent an e-bike in north county and travel the coast to visit the surf atmosphere of north county vibe

* for long distance runners, take the coaster at Solana beach to Oceanside, see the scenic view along the water, get off and run back (16 mi)

Eating establishments:

* Little Italy, grab an outside table or share a couch and a bottle of Italian wine and people watch by the fountain, listen to local artists and hear the many languages surrounding you

* Hit the Roxy restaurant in Encinitas with live music on the weekends. Feel the laid-back vibe with a delicious cocktail & the best truffle fries

* Solana Beach visit Tony Jacal restaurant, longtime family owned/operated and a must try is their famous turkey tacos, simply the best! Enjoy a wide variety of tequila’s they offer.

* Cookie Crumbl, call ahead for the eye-catching, mouth-watering, insaitable revolving array of cookies tied up in a beautiful pink box

* Sandwiches, order the best bang for your buck, and the biggest serving for your mouth at Boneys Coronado. Walk across tthe street to the Ferry Landing and have a picnic with a million dollar view of the city skyline day or night.

Grab a drink:

* Hotel Del Coronado, enjoy the magestic infamous hotel Del and watch the sunset sink into a beautiful picture to end the
day

* Cannon Ball in Mission Beach on the top level with a view of the pacific for miles and miles. Watch all the crazies below running, cycling, partying, and enjoying life from above

* Georges at the Cove, La Jolla, sit above the world and look down upon the well-known cove with swimmers, divers, snorklers, scenic view north to south

Visiting go-to:

* Balboa Park, Sunday Concert series in the summer, listen to the one of the worlds largest pipe organs, the relaxing atmosphere for all ages to dance or listen to

* See the world from above, take a hot air balloon ride in Del Mar. Sip some bubbly and have a different perspective of life

* Military families, active duty or retired, camping at Camp Pendlton’s famous surf break in a tent, Sprinter van or massive trailer or little cottages. All can be accommodated in this back to the 70s feel

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Shout out to San Diego Track Club. This group of novice to elite runners, training for running events, lead by Paul Greer, became a family, a place full of encouragement. My coach, Jason Karp, world renown author, speaker and trainer, pushed me harder than I knew I could go. He taught me to dig deeper, believe in the process and keep moving forward.

Shout out to my very best friends, Jill & Greg Lehr, who helped pull me out of the dark, made me put on jeans and get out of my house to begin living again. A gift I will always cherish and will never forget. They made me see things within me that gave me hope and use my natural abilities.

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