We talked to the amazing Zuzana Fischer of ZUZU FITNESS for our small business spotlight blog. A fitness entrepreneur based near Bath, in Somerset. Read on to find out more about running a small fitness business and how many ways you can do a Burpee!
In 20 words or less, please explain what it is you do for a living…
I help people to be more active and fit through creative workouts, be it in a group or personal training.
What inspired you to start your company?
I’ve been feeling passionate about the fitness industry for some time now, as getting into shape had completely changed my life so I wanted to be able to help others on their own journey.
What fitness move do you like the best?
That has got to be the Burpee! It has it all – cardio, strength, core. Plus there are so many variations and add-ons that you can never be bored with it! We have the donkey kick, the X-shape, the commando, the press up, the reverse or the kick-through Burpee; just to name a few.
If this wasn’t your day job what would you be doing instead?
Realistically, I’d probably still be part of the big old scary corporate world. I used to be an Operations Manager for an environmental consultancy.
What is your favourite word?
‘Awesome’ (my clients will confirm that this word is used in abundance in my sessions!)
Tell us one thing about working in the fitness industry we might not know…
I suppose that people might not realise how much work happens ‘behind the scenes’ of every workout or session. The amount of research, the creative thinking behind every new move or game, thinking about the flow of the workout, the music, the equipment needed… All of this is part of the preparation of every session you have ever attended; be it a personal training or a group class.
Would you encourage others to start their own business?
If you’re passionate about something and not afraid to work hard, it’s definitely a good start, but I’m not going to lie, it’s not for everybody and even I sometimes have days when I wish I could just ‘rely’ on somebody else. BUT the freedom and flexibility it gives you is wonderful! I have a 15-month old daughter and I get to spend a lot of time with her, which wouldn’t otherwise be possible.
What one item/belonging could you not live without if you were to be stranded alone on a desert island?
My daughter Adriana – she’s great fun so I’m sure we’d have a blast together (plus she doubles up as a weight for various workouts too!).
What do you like best about working for yourself?
There is no one else that tells you what to do and how to do it (…sometimes though, I wish there was ha ha :)).
What’s your biggest tip for others to keep fit and stay active?
I always encourage people to enter an event. It gives your training purpose and makes you accountable. We have come a long way from “just” running races – these days there are various sportives, aquathlons, triathlons, open water swims, Spartan races etc. You just need to find something that you enjoy and stick with it! And, of course, finding a good personal trainer to help you get there is a great way to achieve your goals.
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