Today we’d like to introduce you to Kara Crow.
Kara, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
Fitness and wellness have always been a part of my life. I grew up as a ski racer in Vermont, playing soccer and tennis in the offseason until I graduated high school when I made the US Ski Team. I raced for two years on the US Ski Team and then went to college at UVM and majored in Exercise and Movement Science while continuing to ski race. It just made sense that I stick with athletics and when I got an internship my senior spring at a personal training studio in Vermont, you could say it was meant to be because I fell in love with it. A year into working in Vermont as a Personal Trainer, I applied to my dream job at Equinox, got the job and hit the ground running.
Seven years later, I am now a TierX Coach at Equinox, which is the top level in the company focusing on the holistic aspect of our three pillar platform of Movement, Nutrition, and Regeneration (MNR). Health is so much more than coming to the gym, getting your hours worth of physical activity and then leaving to continue on with life. I train people to get well in the gym but also coach them to get well outside the gym. I believe so much in the holistic approach to human wellness that I spent the last year completing the Institute of Functional Medicine’s Certified Health Coaching program. After some health changes in my own life, I realized there was so much more to this puzzle of health than I knew, so I took the steps into learning about gut health, it’s a connection to our brain and how that affects nearly every aspect of our health.
The program also taught me a lot about human behavior and what really motivates people to make a change. At the end of the day, a nutrition or fitness prescription will be different for everyone because everybody and it’s response to the environment are so vastly different. If you google “diet”, 1.1 billion results come up and if you google “workouts” you get 762 million results. We don’t need more information all the time. What we need is someone to help us create change when change is hard. We need someone to hold us accountable, which is exactly what I do at Equinox as well as with my health coaching business, Soulful Health Coaching.
Outside of fitness, I help people to pause for a moment in this busy world and reconnect with themselves and their strengths to create that change. In combination with my work at Equinox, it makes change fun, creative and long-lasting. Through fitness and focusing on what we put into our bodies and our minds, we can truly accomplish anything.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
The road has had its ups and downs. When I said I hit the ground running, I mean it. For three years after I moved here, I am not sure I took a breath and appreciated everything I was doing and working towards. I moved here on an impulse because there was just something about Equinox and Boston that drew me in. It was hard to make friends because I was always at work, I was in a new city and in my 20s I was a bit lost on what I wanted to do long term. But I just kept going with my gut and what felt right. I leaned on my parents a lot, as well as new and old friends to get me through some tough times.
Ultimately, you just have to go with your gut. If it feels right, do it. If it doesn’t, run. I wish I paid a bit more attention to my gut feelings along the way but that being said, the mistakes I made allowed me to become who I am today with a clear direction for where I am going. My biggest recommendation given this world of constant comparison is to define what success means to YOU so that you know you’re on the right path. Don’t define success based on what that Instagram phenom is doing and saying. Define what matters most to you and focus on that. It’s what’s really helped me get to where I am.
We’d love to hear more about your work.
I am NASM-CPT and CES certified, AED/CPR certified, a Functional Medicine Certified Health Coach and an avid runner. What sets me apart is I’ve lived a life that has enabled me to be at the top of my game and have to maintain it, as well as be at the bottom and have to pull myself up both physically and mentally. I truly believe that we can be anything we want to be if we have the right support system. I strive to be a part of that support system for people whether it’s through personal training or health and wellness coaching. I am most proud of the fact that I’ve pursued and accomplished what I am most passionate about, which makes me passionate to help others succeed in doing the same thing.
Finding a mentor and building a network are often cited in studies as a major factor impacting one’s success. Do you have any advice or lessons to share regarding finding a mentor or networking in general?
We are social beings and we crave social interaction so I would say put yourself out there and go to events solo. Make it a point to talk to at least five people there, get two people’s contact info that you really connected with and follow up within 24 hours to set up a time to grab coffee. Just get outside your comfort zone. I try to attend two events per month where I go solo and it’s allowed me to get comfortable going up to people, saying hello and making a friend or a future point of contact. It also helps to build your confidence and tell your story as well as learning about someone else’s that might inspire you to keep working towards your goal.
- Website: www.soulfulhealthcoaching.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @karacrow
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