We had the good fortune of connecting with Hannah & Ricky Kuntemeyer and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Hannah & Ricky, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
We started our own training business because we identified a need in the industry for a holistic approach to fitness. As individuals who have been involved in the fitness industry for some time, we recognized that there was a large population of people who were not being served well with the current fitness atmosphere, and we wanted to change that. We started with Corporate Wellness as we acknowledged most people spend the majority of their days sitting behind a desk and lack purposeful, intentional movement in a positive environment. Since then, we’ve grown and expanded to a variety of other training solutions, but Corporate Wellness continues to hold a special place in our heart.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
Mean Training was born in 2019 as a “side-hustle.” What started as a passion project quickly evolved from part-time into full-time, as we recognized that this was the missing puzzle piece in our lives that we had been searching for. There is truly no greater feeling than recognizing your purpose in this world and having the opportunity to chase it. However, just because this is something we are deeply passionate about doesn’t mean it was an easy road.

Within the first year of our business being born, Covid-19 rocked everyone’s world, and we found ourselves sitting at home waiting out the “2 weeks to slow the spread.” Spoiler alert – it wasn’t two weeks.

Coincidentally, it was during the course of the pandemic that our business began to flourish, as we had an influx of people reach out to us for home workout programs, after the closure of their gyms and fitness centers. This was the birth of our Online Personal Training services, which to this day remain our most popular training option.

As difficult as this season was, both personally and professionally, we overcame these challenges because of a few things. 1. We stuck together. Obviously, as a married couple AND co-founders of our business, we are in a unique situation that most business owners are not. During this time, we made the conscious decision to band together, to lift each other up and to remind each other why we started in the first place. This was truly the most important factor of our success. 2. We were adaptable. To this day, we approach each day as a unique opportunity, with flexibility and adaptability as some of our core tenets. We are a small business, and to succeed as a small business, we must be able to pivot, while remaining true to who we are. 3. Lastly, we had a solid foundation rooted in the “why” behind our business. We did not start Mean Training to generate income, personal accolades or stroke our own egos. We started Mean Training because we sincerely want to help people. At our core, we are coaches, and we care deeply about each individual we are privileged to work with. This grounds us, even on the hardest of days, and reminds us that this business is about them, not about us.

Being a personal trainer is a unique responsibility. We are entrusted with people’s insecurities, fears, dreams and goals. Our mission is to empower each person we work with to be the hero of their own story and put in the hard work needed to make their goals a reality. It is an honor and a privilege to guide them on their journey.

Our slogan is “Be Kind. Train Mean.” We apply this to every decision we make as coaches and business owners. “Be Kind.” to those around you – lift others up, be intentional in your community and use your position in this world to make a difference. But always “Train Mean.” – chase after your dreams, work hard, and don’t be afraid to take risks to become who you dream of being.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
We are based in Honolulu, HI and were both born and raise in Hawai’i (Hannah in Honolulu, Ricky in Hilo on the Big Island).

We are huge foodies and most of our recommendations to visiting friends revolve around the best places to eat. First stop off the plane always has to be a poke bowl at the beach. Our favorite poke bowl is at Ono Seafood in Kapahulu – seriously. You need to go. If poke isn’t your thing, an acai bowl is the next best pick. Our favorite is at Diamond Head Health Cove Bar, also in Kapahulu. If authentic Hawaiian food is on your list of things to try, check out Helena’s Hawaiian Food in Kalihi or Waiahole Poi Factory in Waiahole (we dream about the pipikaula shortribs at Helena’s…) For a fun, casual evening out, grab some locally brewed beer at Hanakoa Brewing in Kakaako, or our favorite Kewalo Cream Ale at Honolulu Beerworks.

The best things to visit in Hawai’i – no surprise here – are the beaches. Depending on the season, our favorite beaches include Waimea Bay, Sandy’s, and Lanikai Beach. Our main tip when visiting Hawai’i beaches, however – treat them with respect. The ocean is a force to be reckoned with, and Hawaiian waters are some of the most beautiful, but can also be incredibly dangerous if they’re not approached with respect.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
We’ve had the honor and privilege of being supported by so many different people throughout our journey as business owners, but we’d have to give it up to both of our families. They’ve supported us literally from day 1, and encouraged us to chase our dreams (even when it probably scared them a little!) Without the foundation of our incredible families, we wouldn’t have had the courage to pursue our passions.

Website: www.itsmean.com

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/meantraining/

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/company/mean-training

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/itsmeantraining

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1JbYQEs0MWCSy9GdevUPyw

Image Credits
Brian Moore Richard Kuntemeyer

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