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Conversations with Monet Grzecka

Today we’d like to introduce you to Monet Grzecka.

Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
I have always had a love for movement and an appreciation for the amazing things our bodies can do. I’m a dancer, health and fitness enthusiast, wife, and mom of three. I became a personal trainer when I was 21 and needed a side hustle while I hit the auditioning scene. It was short-lived as my professional dance career took off and I steadily performed for over 15 years. However, when I was pregnant with my third, I experienced extreme pelvic pain and after seeing a physical therapist learned I had pubis symphysis disorder and diastasis recti (separation of the abs). After being given a whole list of things NOT to do as to not exasperate the condition, I decided to go back to studying and get my specialty certification in pre/postnatal exercise to learn the things I CAN do. It took a while, but I was able to close my diastasis and I became super passionate about helping other moms feel strong and confident in their body after having kids, too. I started personal training again and loved it. However, the more women I trained, the more I realized how desperately they needed nutrition education, too. There was so many crazy diets and confusion in the media. Back to studying, I went. This time I got my Health Coaching certs from The Dr. Sears. Wellness Institute and specialize in pre/postnatal nutrition and L.E.A.N Start for families.

Learning how much nutrition and lifestyle choices affect kids, their ability to learn, their mood, behavior, and so much more fueled my fire! I started Mobile Dance Fit. There are two main parts to my business; coaching moms and teaching kids. I got the opportunity teach at multiple schools in the valley, prek thru middle school. I teach after school enrichment to keep kids moving. I teach dance and Zumba for P.E. at West Valley Christian School and get to choreograph the production shows. I’ve also been able to use part of my class time to teach nutrition workshops to these amazing children. And as if that doesn’t keep me busy enough, I still train and coach Moms to optimal health and fitness. My most favorite part that healthy habits trickle to the whole family when I train Moms! I am passionate about empowering women! I have also used my skills and my platform to raise funds for anti-human trafficking organizations. I was able to donate my fitness services to coach wonderful participants of FIT2FREE that raised money for International Justice Missions. For the last four years, I’ve also participated and helped lead a team of advocates to raise money for Dressember. In 2020, our team alone raised over $100,000 to go towards freedom and rehabilitation efforts. Women and children are most affected by human trafficking.

Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
Covid has definitely put some bumps in the road. At first, I started teaching my after school programs via ZOOM… but eventually kids got ZOOM fatigue and it just didn’t feel right to keep them on longer than their school days. I still teach at WVCS because those classes are during their school day. I teach in a hybrid scenario where some kids are with me in person and some are on ZOOM at the same time. It is not easy to teach in that capacity, but we are making it work and the kids do love it! My only goal is to get their heart rate up and help them have fun because that is what they need most right now. Still, I am amazed at how many dance routines they’ve been able to learn! Of course, personal training became extra difficult during COVID, too. However, I always wanted to figure out how to coach online and this forced me into that. I got certified by the Online Trainers Federation and created The Empowered Mom’s Program. I now take on clients virtually and coach them one to one through an app, calls, and my Facebook Community. I am thrilled with the results my clients are getting. It seems online coaching I can actually get them better results because the accountability is so consistent. They are “seeing” me so much more than just a few times a week. With health, fitness, and a strong immune system being at the forefront of everyone’s mind right now, I am incredibly grateful to have found a way to serve and fill that need!

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
I am an ACE Certified trainer and a Dr. Sears Certified Health Coach. I have a virtual coaching program and I help women all over the country get strong, flatten their belly, and raise healthy kids! I think what separates me is that my style is really personalized. I am a great listener and none of my clients ever feel like they’re on a diet. My programs are easy to fit into a busy lifestyle and have nutrition coaching that works for everyone. No measuring, no separate meals from the family. Everyone seems to get healthier, feel, and function better. My moms learn how to talk to their kids about health and influences them to want to eat right, too.

Are there any apps, books, podcasts, blogs or other resources you think our readers should check out?
I love “The Healthy Brain Book” and “The NDD Book” by Dr. Sears for lifestyle and health for adults and kids. As a mom of three boys “Strong Mothers Strong Sons.” by Dr. Meg Meeker is a favorite.

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