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Inspiring Conversations with Samm Haden of The Haden Way

Today we’d like to introduce you to Samm Haden.

Hi Samm, thanks for sharing your story with us. To start, maybe you can tell our readers some of your backstory.
My first taste of Los Angeles was back in college at Loyola Marymount University. I was lucky to make some really amazing friends and truly loved my LA life. After I graduated, I moved back to Northern California to pursue a career in tech sales. As I progressed professionally, I started to realize I was feeling called to work that was more in alignment with something I was passionate about and interested in. In 2014, I quit my six figure job in tech to travel the world. I got a job cooking on sailboats for a company called The Yacht Week, so I packed up and moved to Croatia. At 26, I had some of the most amazing, fun and wild times of my life.

Unfortunately, while I was traveling, my father became incredibly sick and passed away within days of hospitalization. I flew home and spent several months with my family grieving and feeling more lost than ever. I realized it would be challenging for me to continue with my travels with how I was currently feeling. So, I switched gears and signed up for a month long intensive Yoga Teacher Training in Bali. I spent two full months in Bali and then two full months in Thailand, learning about my body, exploring my grief through movement and mindfulness. It was these months that gave me the perspective I needed to decide I wanted to pursue a career in Fitness and Health. From experiencing the greatest loss of my life, I was able to discover what I was truly passionate about. I signed up for a Personal Training Certification Course while I was still traveling. Soon after, I moved to West Hollywood and started working at Equinox as a personal trainer and group fitness instructor. It truly was my dream job at the time. I had found the passion and interest I had always been looking for professionally and in truth, felt a connection to my dad in every client I trained.

Fast forward to the worldwide pandemic and my dream career suddenly felt impossible. Boy, was I wrong! I scrambled for several months trying to figure out how I could best pivot in a now virtual fitness world. By June, I had taken 75% of my full-time personal training business virtual via Zoom, Facetime and Skype. I started online 30-day fitness challenges with hundreds of participants every month and partnered with a company called Motus where I am able to teach live workout classes every week. I feel incredibly lucky to have been able to successfully shift my business online over the past six months and don’t see a world where I will ever stop. I went from helping 20 people per week to helping 200 people per week and again found a level of professional fulfillment I never thought possible. During the pandemic, I was able to buy an apartment in Santa Monica that I am nestled away in whenever I am in Los Angeles – training clients, filming workout videos and teaching live classes. If my story can teach you one thing – it’s that life may come with its hurdles and challenges but, there is something to be learned in everything. I am the queen of a silver lining and I always try to live my life that way.

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?
There have definitely been some struggles along the way. The confusion over my career path, the grief when my father passed, the pandemic derailing my business. While all of those were challenging moments in my life, the biggest struggle for me has always been all the “I shoulds” along the way. When I quit my high paying job in tech to travel the world, I struggled with “I should” stay in a stable job, “I should” have my career all figured out by now (lol I was 26….). When I lost my dad, “I should” be handling this better, “I should” be stronger than this. When I went into a career in fitness, “I should” have more clients by now, “I should” be making more money. When the pandemic hit, “I should” have this all figured out, “I should” know how to handle this. My biggest struggle has always been how hard I am on myself. I work hard every day to be kinder to myself and live my life with a little bit more patience for my process.

We’ve been impressed with The Haden Way, but for folks who might not be as familiar, what can you share with them about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
I own an online based fitness company. My company has three parts, 1:1 virtual training, weekly live virtual group classes and monthly fitness challenges. With thousands of hours of personal and group training experience, I have created online challenges that help hundreds of people simplify their fitness and health into 30-40 minutes a day of workouts and/or wellness. I live by the mindset that fitness should be fun and feel good so, every workout comes with mobility, strength, conditioning and lots of laughs. I incorporate meditation and breathwork as well as self-reflection and daily gratitude practices into our work to make sure that our approach to health is not only on our bodies but our minds as well. I am lucky enough to include my amazing family in each and every workout as well as some of the most talented instructors into my monthly challenges, making them truly the best use of time and money you can find online right now.

What matters most to you?
I am sure there is something incredibly profound I could say here like, world peace or love for all (which does matter to me very much) but truly what matters MOST to me are my family and friends. I am so incredibly lucky to be surrounded by some of the actual best human beings on earth and I care about them and love them so much. After experiencing unexpected loss, I was truly able to connect to what matters most. I enjoy spending time with them, traveling with them, celebrating them, crying with them and everything else that comes with true, deep meaningful relationships. It is important to note that while I recognize I will always struggle with the loss of my dad and the grief that comes along with it, it has given me an appreciation for life and the amazing people in it that I am forever grateful for.


  • $30/30X30 Challenge – next one will begin 1/11
  • $90/ 1 Hour Virtual Training Session

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