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

Hi Sarah, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
Risk is relative. People have various levels of risk they are comfortable with and as far as I’m concerned, running a business is not risky at all. I know what I’m capable of and I know what I can achieve, which isn’t risky at all. Success is guaranteed when I put myself into the mix so I don’t view running my own business as risky at all.

What should our readers know about your business?
My husband and I own and run an Olympic Weightlifting facility in Newport Beach. We have worked together from only a few clients in 2016 to a large facility with over 215 clients today. When we first started out, we had no idea what we were doing and had a massive, quick, learning curve to overcome. It was very difficult and stressful and I wondered if we would be able to make it work. After the first year, we finally got our feet under us and we were able to not just survive, but start putting structure into the business that would allow us to scale. Having a vision that is bigger than us is imperative to our success as we are building a business that not only supports us, but allows our staff to achieve the life they want to live as well. This creates buy in to everything we are all trying to work towards and gives us all purpose beyond just the day to day activities we do.
We are the leader in Olympic Weightlifting in Orange County and we constantly strive to stay ahead, achieve more, and maintain that position by pushing ourselves and our thinking. Perhaps we are ahead of the game in weightlifting, but we are not ahead of the game compared to other successful businesses and there are so many other people and businesses we can strive to be like.

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?
Something that I ALWAYS get friends or family visiting to do is rent a beach cruiser from Two Wheels One Planet. From there we bike down to the Newport Peninsula and cruise down the beach path to Cabo Cantina for lunch. After lunch, we check out the Balboa Fun Zone and hop on the Balboa Ferry over to Balboa Island. We cruise to Marine Ave on Balboa Island and find an afternoon treat, whether from Sugar ‘n Spice or the Balboa Candy Store. After that, we bike back up to PCH and stop on the PCH Bridge to see all the boats and sites of Lower Newport Bay. From there, we’re usually ready to take our bikes back and find a spot to chill out for dinner on 17th which usually consists of going to Playa Mesa, Pitfire or Beach Pit BBQ.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My husband Chris. He is the best business partner I could ever have and we are an incredible team together. I can’t get any recognition without him getting it to.

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