My friend Skye (who talked about being a mompreneur on Wednesday) is back to talk about her new lunch exercise class in Reno, and how you can fit exercise into a busy schedule. As Skye’s Facebook page says – “There is always time for exercise!”
My new business is named Skye Garman Fitness mostly because I couldn’t decide on a super cool unique name, and I figured there weren’t too many other Skye Garmans out there.
I specialize in one-on-one personal training and small group fitness classes. Right now, I am working primarily with women like me who have children and are looking for guidance, support and motivation to stay active, get back in shape, lean out etc.
I work out of MRI Advanced Training Facility, which is an amazing gym full of every piece of fitness equipment a person could ever want. For many, the gym is intimidating and I want to take that intimidation factor out of the equation. I try to educate my clients on why they are doing the exercises they are doing and what they are strengthening. And, I strive to make each workout or class unique, interesting, and fun!
Exercise in my book should not be drudgery. If you can’t enjoy exercising you will never want to do it again. Joking around and laughing during the workout is acceptable and encouraged in my classes. But, at the same time I want my clients to come to the gym ready to work hard, focus, and be in the moment. For some, this is the only “me” time they have in their day, and I encourage them to take advantage of that!
Lunch Crunch is a lunch time class that takes place at MRI every Tuesday and Thursday from 12:10-12:50. It’s 40 minutes, so it gives working folks time to change and get back to work. It’s open to all fitness levels and it’s co-ed. I co-teach the class with Gina Gilbert-Green, so class participants get a lot of individual attention at a fraction of the cost of a personal trainer. And, people with injuries or who are new to fitness can rest assured that exercises will be modified accordingly for them.
The class is just $10! We have designed the class to be circuit style with cardio intervals. What this means is that a person gets a full body workout every class. We incorporate weights, body weight exercises, running drills, stair climbing, and core/balance training. If this is the only class that a person can make even just 1 day a week, they are getting a head to toe complete workout. It’s a great class for busy people who don’t have a ton of extra time to work out.
Because I know that people are time starved in our day and age, I help my clients create their workout regime outside of the gym, too. Whether it is creating a schedule or emailing them home workouts to do (“homework” for the week), I often end up working out at home too, in my garage during my daughter’s nap time.
I am no stranger myself to having to figure out how to make time for my fitness as well. I think many people think that if they don’t have a full hour to dedicate to fitness, then it’s not worth it to workout. But really, if a person could just dedicate 20 intense focused minutes on a regular basis, it would benefit them. Whether it be a power walk/jog, push-ups and jumping jacks in the living room, or having a dance party with your kids in the kitchen.
It’s about consistency and working with the time you DO have and making that time count!
How do you fit exercise into your busy schedule?
Hi! Today I’m excited to introduce you to my friend Skye. A gal who helped me stay fit during my first pregnancy and someone I truly admire. She’s a great friend, mama and local business owner who is using her passion for fitness to improve the lives of those around her.
Hello everyone! My name is Skye Garman, and I am a fitness trainer here in Reno. My start in the fitness industry actually came about through crisis, which I look back at now and am grateful for.
I spent all of my twenties in recreation. I was a pro ski patroller in Colorado and a river guide in the Grand Canyon. When I moved to Reno, I had a somewhat full-blown identity crisis. It was the year I turned 30, and I went from a very active, mountain/river “I’m so cool” lifestyle in a very tight-knit community to living in a city. I didn’t know anyone, nor did I know what to do with myself.
I felt so out of my element.
After a year or so of floundering around trying to find my place in my new life, wondering what the heck was next, I met Gina Gilbert-Green (who is now my partner in my new lunch time fitness class: Lunch Crunch). A trainer and nutritionist, Gina was my inspiration to jump into the fitness and health industry. It completely put me down a path I never dreamed I would go. I feel so lucky that it turned out the way it did, because I absolutely adore my work!
My formal background in fitness training is from NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine) as well as Pilates (The Pilates Coach). About a year after I completed my certifications and started working, I got pregnant. I knew that holding a typical fitness trainer’s schedule (über early mornings and late evenings) wasn’t going to jive with having a newborn.
Again, thanks to Gina, I found out about Baby Boot Camp. It is a pre and post natal stroller fitness franchise that allows mothers to workout, bringing their babies and strollers in tow to class. No one had heard of “stroller fitness” in Reno when I bought the franchise, so I really had to get the word out and educate people on what it was all about.
It was my first business, and I had no idea what I was doing, but I loved teaching classes and just forged ahead, determined to make it work. I learned so much in the 4 1/2 years I had it. I helped hundreds of moms get back into shape safely after pregnancy and child-birth. I was able to bring both of my children to work with me, and I taught all through my second pregnancy.
I met so many wonderful women and their babies, and best of all, I finally felt part of a community that I had created! When I sold my business, it wasn’t about how much money I was going to make off the sale, it was about the new owners being solid enough to keep the business thriving. It is such a wonderful resource for new moms in this community for mental and physical well-being that I felt very strongly that it needed to be a fixture in Reno for years to come.
So far so good!
On Wednesday, Skye will talk about what it’s like being a mamapreneur and how she balances life as a mom and business owner.
- Do Something you are Passionate About (thepersonaltrainer.co.nz)