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Life and Work with Evgeniya (Eva) Zolotova

Today we’d like to introduce you to Evgeniya (Eva) Zolotova.

Evgeniya (Eva), can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I was born with plenty of health problems. To list just a few, I was born with one leg shorter than the other, scoliosis and hunched back. On top of my chronic gastritis, pyelonephritis, and lead poisoning, I also used to stammer. I spent a few months a year in the hospital. Thanks to my mom, she did everything to get rid of my ailments. Remarkably, I don’t remember any physical pain or discomfort. I was a very active and energetic child but my medical file was the size of “War and Peace.” One day my doctor got sick and I could not get my usual P.E. exemption and so, I had to go to P.E. class. Everybody wanted to compete with me on the running test because by the time they finished the distance, I could only make it half-way. This made me so upset that I started going every evening to the school stadium to run the laps. I had no game plan. I was just running around for about an hour. In a month, the situation completely changed. I became first in the class. After that, I was first in the school. Later, I was winning the city school competition. Then my friend invited me to join a running club. Since then, my life has completely changed. Suddenly, from being an average invisible student, I became somebody to whom everyone wanted to say “Hi.” Although I had no clear direction, I found my purpose to be number one, not to mention the fact that my hospital visits completely stopped. A couple of years later, I became a member of the Russian National Team and moved from Vladivostok to Moscow to train with the best coaches in the country. Traveling around the world, ups and downs, injures, surgery, and recoveries, first places or some places, blood, toil, tears, and sweat were all components of my amazing athletic life. Sport has taught me self-discipline and goal-orientated mindset. It allowed me to experience success and opened the world to infinite possibilities.

When I retired from professional sport, I wanted to pursue a career of a sport journalist. But before I would embark on Journalism education, I decided to study English in hopes it will open more work and traveling opportunities being a sport journalist. It was only a story that I told myself. But this story led me to the US English School. Before I came to Los Angeles in September of 2012, I knew only Basic English. It was so hard (sometimes it is still not easy) to communicate with people. At the same time I fell in love with the country, its freedom, possibilities, people, and, of course, weather.

America was so welcoming and I have got an opportunity to stay. The next step was to decide what to do here. One day my friends from Russia asked me to help them with their fitness project and that was my life changing moment. I graduated from The American Fitness and Nutrition Academy. I wanted to work only for one gym in the entire country. It was Equinox. But I thought my English level was not good enough for this unparalleled company. Nevertheless, I applied there. I went through three challenging interviews and got hired. Within five months I became the number one trainer in the gym among 36 trainers. I held the top ten for two years and after that decided to fly on my own.

Also, I remembered my journalistic dream and have got an opportunity (love America for that) to produce and host my own talk show about healthy lifestyle. “What the Hea…lth are you talking about?” on the community television. I am far away from being perfect on camera and my English betrays me all the time but I learn and enjoy every show.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
I do not even wish for a smooth road. Speaking of struggles, my health issues made me stronger mentally and physically. From the hospital bed I went to the gold medal on European Championship for 800m.

I had to start my life from the beginning at my 30th in a different country without the language. My friends, family, everything were left in Russia. I built myself and my new life from the scratch. Focusing on my strong qualities, positive attitude, courage and my passion helped me overcome the hardest moments in my life.

What would I say to young women?
Be honest with yourself about who you are and what YOU want, follow your passion and don’t afraid to take the first step. The road is going to be rough but if you commit to it, you will get your rewards. Take responsibilities. Be appreciative. Trust the process.

Please tell us about Eva Motion (E.Motion).
Now I am a health coach, personal trainer and nutritionist.  My fitness nickname is Eva Motion. “In Motion with E, Motion” and “Focus. Achieve. Inspire.” is my slogan. I specialize in teaching people to live happier, healthier and better quality life by introducing them healthy lifestyle habits, proper nutrition and the importance of the exercises. I work with people who want to change their lifestyle for the better, lose weight, increase strength, improve balance and simply be healthier and more confident. I focus on mind and body connection to open people’s potential.

I created a few fitness programs such as “7 athletes” and “Nut Butt”. I am about to start my boot camp “From Russia with love.” Also, I am working on my workshops about healthy lifestyle “Information to transformation”, health for women “Women, fitness and rock-and-roll”, and a workshop about personal training “Let’s get personal” to list a few. As I mentioned, I host and produce my talk show on Pasadena Media “What the Hea…lth are you talking about?’ to inspire and motivate people to live healthier and more productive life.

What sets me apart from others is, of course, my heavy Russian accent, my cultural experience, my athletic background, my exercise approach that is a mix of Russian toughness and American fun. I am on a mission to inspire and motivate people.

Are there any apps, books, podcasts or other resources that you’ve benefited from using?
“Evolve your brain” by Joe Despenza
“Mindset” by Carol S. Dweck.
“Total Recall” by Arnold Schwarzenegger
“The gift of imperfection.” by Brene Brown (!!!)
I also like Tony Robbins’s podcast

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