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Meet Amanda Carneiro of Raw Fitness and Nutrition

Today we’d like to introduce you to Amanda Carneiro.

Amanda, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I became a personal trainer in 2005, shortly after moving to Los Angeles from New York City to pursue acting. Truthfully, I was NOT into fitness or health at the time. Quite the opposite. I just thought personal training would be a great way to make money while also having the ability to create my own schedule to get to auditions when I needed.

After I got certified, I used myself as a guinea pig, and not only did I transform my body (lost the 30 extra pounds my body was holding onto), but I completely transformed my life. I saw then how fitness and nutrition is a tool to create everything else you want in your life. When you feel good in your body, your relationships improve, you’re better at your job, your mental health improves. You show up as a better human in this world. I wanted to help other people feel that too.

I started training clients in Griffith Park and slowly continued to build up my clientele until I could move into a private space. My business has since evolved to both personal training and holistic health coaching. I got certified as a holistic nutritionist a couple years ago, and I now see clients virtually all over the country.

Has it been a smooth road?
Having your own business is never a smooth road! I didn’t grow up in a family of entrepreneurs, so building a business was a very foreign concept to me.

Most of the time, I don’t know what I’m doing. It’s been a learning experience, I’ve made a lot of mistakes, but I’ve learned so much from them.

One of the most important lessons I’ve learned (in business and in life) is to always trust my intuition.

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the Raw Fitness and Nutrition story. Tell us more about the business.
What sets me apart from others in the fitness and nutrition space is that I take a very holistic approach to fat loss. I help clients that are struggling with losing weight, bloating, and inflammation by taking a look not only at their diets, but also at so many other aspects of their lives. How is their relationship to food? Do they have enough joy in their lives? Are they sleeping enough? Moving enough?

Health is about way more than the food we eat and how much we exercise. If we’re carrying around the weight of an unhappy relationship or a dreadful job, how can we expect to drop the physical weight?

How do you think the industry will change over the next decade?
Everything is moving to digital. I still see a majority of my client’s in-person, but I’m moving more and more of my business online. I think it’s essential to be building digital real estate right now!

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