Celebrity trainers, workout movement founders and other female fitness leaders will tell you it was no easy path to success, and a lot of sweat was involved – literally. Here they share wisdom learned from reaching the top of their business game.
By Julie Cooper
Slim for summer or fit for life, there’s a whole lot of girl power in today’s fitness industry. These female founders are helping women all over the globe feel happier and healthier in their bodies – all while building their empires. Get inspired by their top tips for business success.
“Someone else’s success does not mean your failure. Let’s support and uplift each other. We’re so much stronger TOGETHER.”
Australian personal trainer, author and entrepreneur Kayla Itsines inspires her nearly 12-million Instagram followers by encouraging them to find their strength. Her app – Sweat with Kayla – generated more revenue than any other fitness app in 2016. Read more about her gravity defying success here.
“Through the power of our mind and execution of consistent hard work, we can obtain our greatest achievements. Set your intention. Make a move every day to reach that goal. Xtend (sic) your limits.”
The founder of Xtend Barre and trainer to stars like Victoria’s Secret supermodel Martha Hunt has grown her business into a global success in just over a decade. Get a glimpse of her workouts and gain more inspiration on her Instagram page as she shows you how to plié, relevé and arabesque your way to wellness.
“Success is never giving up on what drives you.”
Responsible for sculpting Hollywood’s hottest A-listers like Gwyneth Paltrow and Jennifer Lopez with her signature method, this fitness entrepreneur is unstoppable. With seven studio locations, private training services, 170 DVDs, a weekly-streaming service and fashion lines, Tracy Anderson continues to churn out content to help all women become healthy, strong and balanced in a sustainable way.
Simone De La Rue
“Initially, success was just being able to pay the rent. Now success is seeing all the lives I have helped transform through health and wellness.”
Celebrity trainer and Body by Simone creator, Simone De La Rue is one of the world’s most successful fit-preneurs. Her nearly decade-long journey has been fueled by a passion to help others. Learn more about Simone in this interview.
Katrina Scott and Karena Dawn
“Don’t be afraid to take a risk in your career, whether it’s taking a new job, forging a new career path or starting your own passion project. If you’re not a little scared, you’re probably not challenging yourself to reach your full potential. If you truly believe in yourself and your dream, you will make it happen.”
Mega-fitness sensations Karena Dawn and Katrina Scott grew their Tone It Up empire from a friendship and mutual love of health and wellness. Looking for a way to raise the vibration of women everywhere, these two fit females worked tirelessly to create workouts, nutrition plans and a community where everyone was welcome. They’re still killing it in the fitness space today with their multimillion-dollar business that inspires millions of women around the globe.
“Competition is for sports, not business. Intelligent business owners stand on their own two feet without needing to worry about other people in their category.”
TV’s toughest trainer and renowned life coach, Jillian Michaels is the kind of trainer who doesn’t sugar-coat. She knows it’s hard, but she also knows her clients can do hard things. With a fitness app, multiple DVDs, authored books and a podcast, Jillian knows a thing or two about creating sustainable success. Read on for more of her valuable business insights.
“The only time success comes before work is in the dictionary. You have to put in that ‘work work work work work’ to have the success you want.”
Revenge Body by Khloe Kardashian trainer, Latreal is known for whipping celebrity clients like Alex Rodriguez and Michael Strahan into shape. She’s also the Founder and CEO of the non-profit Fitness Bunch Foundation, helping to fight childhood obesity by making health and fitness fun.
“Never try to do it all on your own. You will be much stronger and more effective with a great team behind you.”
Celebrity trainer and founder of the prescription-based dance concept AKT, Anna Kaiser is the trainer behind the bodies of Kelly Ripa and Shakira. Building her fitness empire with literal sweat and fueled by a whole lot of passion, she plans to expand her revolutionary AKT studios across the US by the end of this year.