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Meet Trailblazer Monique Magno

Today we’d like to introduce you to Monique Magno.

So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I’ve been into health and fitness for a while – taking group exercise classes for as long as I can remember! Once I graduated from college and moved to the Boston area, I started going to the Oak Square YMCA and became a regular in many of the group fitness classes. From strength to kickboxing to zumba, I found so much joy out of working out with others, making friends in classes and pushing myself more than I would if I were working out on my own. Fast forward a few years to 2012 and I finally decided to pursue my passion for teaching (I graduated with elementary ed!) and fitness and signed up for the AFAA Group Exercise certification. Shortly thereafter, now, over 6 years ago, I started teaching… and I’ve never looked back! Over the past 6 years, I’ve taught at MANY different gyms and workout facilities, I’ve gotten more certifications, I’ve started a blog and newsletter, but more importantly, I’ve connected with so many wonderful people across all my classes. They are what keep me going on super long days and busy weeks. They are what push me to be the best instructor and motivator that I can be.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
ha! Is anything ever a smooth road? While there have been so many wonderful experiences along the way, I’ve had my fair share of struggles. I’ve worked at gyms where management was bad, where I didn’t connect with the members well and where I didn’t feel supported or paid adequately. I’ve gotten caught in the “comparison” trap where I’ve focused on where other people are and what they’ve achieved rather than focusing on where I am and what I’ve achieved. But, as with any type of struggle, there are always lessons learned. I think my biggest piece of advice for people just starting out in their journey is to leave your ego at the door and realize that everyone started somewhere. Just because you want to be like your favorite instructor who has waitlisted classes every day, doesn’t mean that you’ll get their immediately once you get certified and get hired. I started with the worst/slowest day and teaching slot, but it helped me get more comfortable as an instructor and gave me a chance to learn more. It’s so easy to compare yourself to others, but try and focus on where you are and how you can continuously do small things to better yourself, your teaching abilities and the health and fitness of the people who come to your classes. Start small and appreciate all the little steps along the way!

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Burpees to Bubbly – what should we know?
As my side hustle, I’m a fitness instructor in and around the Boston area. These days I am mostly teaching my own cardio kickboxing format, but have also taught heavy bag boxing, boot camps, strength classes and total body conditioning classes. In my classes I want everyone to feel like they are welcome and that they can do things that they may not otherwise think they can do. I want to help people switch the “I can’t” in their heads to “Let me try” because this is where the magic happens… this is where people see what they are capable of. One other thing I’ve been promoting lately is the idea that workouts don’t have to be complicated, time-consuming, super fancy things. In fact, if you have a small space, you can workout with just your body, in as little as 10 minutes! So many times people think that they don’t have time to workout, but I am working on showing people that there are ways to FIND time…. to find 10-15 minutes to get some type of movement in. When you take away the idea that you need to be in a gym to workout or you need to do x, y, and z, it makes the whole idea of working out and staying fit much easier to manage. My workouts tend to be 20-30 minutes – that’s it! But if you can consistently move for 10-15 minutes 3-5 times a week, that’s a great thing! In classes, I am probably most known for my big energy, big hair, and fun, but challenging, classes. I want everyone to have a great time, and I am having so much fun that it’s hard for me to not jump around and try and get others excited!

Do you recommend any apps, books or podcasts that have been helpful to you?
I’m not a huge fan of apps, but I do love books! The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck is one of the best reads I’ve read in a long time. It makes you stop and think about what matters and what doesn’t…. and I realized I spend a lot of time worrying about things that ultimately don’t matter! The Noticer was also a great book about perspective. So much can change in a situation or how you’re feeling if you shift your perspective a bit.

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Ars Magna (professional photo with white background)

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