We had the good fortune of connecting with Elizabeth Baltazar and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Elizabeth, what’s the most important lesson your business/career has taught you?
Adapt and flow. Life is unpredictable and as much as we try to plan, schedule and foresee what’s on the horizon, life has its own plan so the ability to adapt and flow is essential. A lot of personal training is about control. Schedules, sets, reps, weights, time under tension, programming, there’s a lot of things that need certainty in order to get results.
The flip side to that is that clients are human and their bodies and capabilities and they way they feel in a gym will impact all of these variables. As a successful trainer you need to adapt and flow to changes, injuries, moods, schedules and energy levels just to name a few variables. If you can’t think on your feet and problem solve with a positive attitude, it can throw you and your client off their game.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
Three years ago, at the age of 33 I took a leap of faith and left my career in Interior Design to pursue a career in fitness and personal training. I had my own journey with weight loss several years before, losing over 80 pounds. I knew I had to transform for my daughter, so she didn’t grow up with the struggles and self doubt I have had to overcome.
The journey of losing the weight was spiritual, emotional and I shed more than just pounds. I shed years of self doubt, years of emotional distress. Out of that transformation I bloomed into a new woman on a mission. That mission became serving my community and helping others to find themselves not just through physical training; but through emotional and spiritual support from the tools I used myself on my own journey.
Clients come to me for their fitness goals and I help them achieve these goals. I offer personal, semi private and large group workouts known as the Community Sweat Sesh. I serve my clients though connecting them to other parts of our community such as massage therapy, acupuncture, essential oils, therapy, nutritionists, yoga and intuitive healing to mention a few. I also host community collaborations where the community can experience these tools while meeting new people, having unique wellness experiences in a loving motivating supportive environment. I collaborate with intuitive healers, yoga instructors, sound healers, nutritionists and motivational leaders to name a few.
It has not always been a smooth road. I navigated a divorce through my weight loss journey and through my career transition. I balanced keeping it together so I could show up for my daughter and navigating the road to the woman who I wanted to become after shedding years of clinging to weight, thoughts and ideas that were no longer serving me.
After I finished school I was able to find a job at a local gym and it taught me so much about believing in myself, my programming and learning how to listen to and support others because everyone’s fitness journey looks a little bit different. From this came my motto of sustainable fitness and nutrition. I believe you have to build a strong foundation from the ground up and practice tools that are sustainable for you in order to have life long health and wellness.
I struggled to find mentors who looked at fitness the same way I did. A lot of the industry is so focused on losing the weight fast, and not really looking at why and where that weight came from. I believe knowing the emotional aspects to your body is the key to success.
A lot of women come to me wanting to look a certain way and I politely have to tell them that they are not the client for me. I’ve learned that I cannot help everyone unless they are willing to help themselves. If a woman or client comes to me saying that they want to learn better habits, live pain free, learn to make better choices and feel strong I say, “let’s do this!”
I’ve also learned though working with a lot of women that the postpartum fitness industry is lacking a voice in the gym. I specialize in pre and postnatal fitness because babies change our bodies, and we don’t always have someone in our corner telling us that what we are feeling and seeing is normal. Giving the pre and post natal community a voice and a space to talk about how their bodies have changed and to help them bring it back together after one of life’s most amazing gifts is something I also take so much pride in.
Fitness and wellbeing is mind, body, soul and spirit. Studio bloom aims to transform and empower. I just don’t “train” my clients, I help them bloom and along the way I continue Blooming and growing right alongside them.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
A week long visit would be a healthy balance of relaxing and exploring – more on the relaxing side, I’m a lay on the beach all day kind of girl.
One of my favorite neighborhoods to explore is South Park. One of my favorite burgers and margaritas is at the Station Tavern and Burgers!! I also love walking about the little shops, supporting local businesses.
Another neighborhood we would be spending a lot of time in is Little Italy. Grabbing some wine at a local wine bar, then heading for some yummy Italian, then picking up salt and straw as we stroll down to waterfront for the views. Barrio Logan is also a favorite place to hang out, grab beers and walk around to find some yummy food.
Lastly, I would probably convince my friend to get some piercing or tattoo, love supporting places like Enigma who take such pride in their work and aftercare.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
My daughter. She’s 9 years old and I live to be the adult I wish for her to be.
I lost my mother several years ago to cancer and man does that make you look at life a little differently. Knowing that my daughter’s little eyes are on me motivates me to live my purpose and truth for her, and my mom. I wish for her to see her single mom loving life, helping others all while balancing my own personal happiness, home and successful career.
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