We had the good fortune of connecting with Scott Rogowski and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Scott, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
When I first started my business, most of my effort went into keeping the doors open during the first year (especially during COVID). I worked almost everyday, all day, to make sure I could pay the rent to keep the doors open, while taking home enough money to live. My girlfriend, now wife, knew the sacrifice I was making, and we talked about how it was going to take a toll on our relationship. When starting a new business, I don’t think there is work-life balance if you want to be successful. Your personal life will take a hit, if you want your new business to stay afloat.
Now, I personally don’t believe in work-life balance. Balance is achieved with two opposing forces, and I don’t think work and life should be an opposition. I am building a life, where work and my personal life “work in harmony”. For an example, if its 1:00 one day and I feel like getting in a workout or a walk on the beach, I try to do it.
I think a lot of people make the mistake for having this opinion that “your time” is only available after work is done at 5 and on weekends. On the other hand, there are days I go to my facility on the weekends, because I have to get things done or clients need extra help.
There will be weeks or months when you need to put a little extra time into your business, just as there are weeks when your family will need you at home or you want to take a vacation.
Owning your own business doesn’t mean your ideas, or work only happen Monday-Friday during normal business hours. The more seamless I made work and life, was when I started enjoying my work and life more.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
I own a golf performance facility. It is a one stop shop for the golfer who wants to improve their game. We specialize in sports performance (fitness), golf instruction, and their mental game. We have top of the line equipment; TrackMan, video motion recording, force plates, Putt View, and a full gym for fitness and rehab. I make sure that we work as a team. Everything I do on the fitness side is recorded, and I speak to the clients coaches monthly. Clients tend to have more than one coach (fitness, rehab, sport, mental) etc., and I want to make sure we are all on the same page working towards the same goal. I am really excited for what is to come next. I partnered up with some top instructors, golf courses and businesses that will help us become the top golf performance facility in the South Bay and work to the top facility in Southern California.
I have always been a business minded individual. I started my first business at 13, and have continued to open and help open store front gyms since 2015. If someone told you starting a business is easy, they are most likely lying. Starting a business requires help from a lot of people. It is very hard to do it completely by yourself and be successful. Just because you are a great trainer or coach doesn’t mean your business will survive and thrive. There is a lot that goes on behind the scenes to run a business. When I started out, I made sure to reach out to people in the community (doctors, physical therapists, chiropractors, coaches, and golf courses) and prove myself on what I can do for them and their clients. Having a strong community around you and businesses that can refer to you is a great way to help you get started.
I want people to know that we are building a business that is unique to each individual athlete. Whether its training, rehab, golf instruction or sports psychology, we work together to improve the athlete. We constantly talk to each other and keep everyone in the loop as to what we are doing for the athlete. Not only do we have the best technology, we have the degrees, education, and knowledge to back it up.
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?
We would start at Ocean Diner in Hermosa for breakfast, and then get a workout out across the street at Unity Performance. Walk down to the pier in Hermosa and walk the strand and get a sandwich at Mickeys Deli. I live in Long Beach so we would go paddleboarding through the canals in Naples. After hanging out on the bay we would get dinner at 555 Steakhouse.
In Long Beach my favorite coffee spot is Aroma di Roma.
In Long Beach Aji restaurant a Peruvian/Japanese fusion restaurant.
I love walking the Redondo Beach path and getting fresh oysters at Quality Seafood. Lunch in dinner in the south bay is at Fishing with Dynamite and The Arthur J.
I love going to rock concerts at the Forum and The Troubadour. (before COVID)
Baseball games at Dodger stadium.
Drinks in Hermosa: Tower 12, Hennesseys Tavern in Hermosa.
Hiking at Del Cerro Park and Malaga Cove in Palos Verde.
If we try to fight the traffic and head north I like Elephante in Santa Monica.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
There are so many people along the way that helped me get to where I am now. My parents have always supported me in every decision I made, from moving across the country, to a state I didn’t know a single person within 3,000 miles, to starting a business. They helped me with the analytics, business start up, and the books to make sure I knew how to start and be successful. My wife Diana supported me during the building process of my business and still does today. She made sure we had a roof over our head and food on the table during the first year. She takes care of everything at home, while still working a full time job. She knows when I come home I am exhausted. I absolutely love her for this.
Devan Bonebreak is my business partner now, he got me in touch with a lot of different people in the golf world. We plan on taking what was once a small golf fitness and performance studio to a high tech top of the line facility.