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Meet Gloria B. Smith of B. Well Health & Fitness

Today we’d like to introduce you to Gloria B. Smith, MBA, NCSF.

Gloria, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I founded B. Well Health and Fitness because I guess you can say I was bred to be an athlete. As far back as I can remember, I’ve been waking up before the sunrise for early practices or morning runs. Inevitably, I carried this discipline and these talents through my adolescence, on to my teen years, and now into adulthood. Over the years, I was an elite gymnast, competitive cheerleader, and completed my athletic career as co-captain of the cheer team at North Carolina A&T State University.

After I completed undergrad, I realized I had acquired such vast knowledge and appreciation of the human body and a deep understanding of human behavior, that I unquestionably wanted to become a performance coach and personal trainer. However, within my first few years as a professional coach I quickly realized that the more I learned, the more there was to learn- about myself and others. Working in sports performance and aesthetic required so much more than meets the eye (pun intended).

I decided to move across the country from North Carolina to Los Angeles where I thought people had a very different understanding of themselves, in reference to fitness. And I was in for a treat; it was the same thing! I had ample opportunity to influence more people about the potential that was in living a healthy lifestyle. I decided to change my approach and training philosophy: to not focus so much on the reps and sets but to take a holistic approach to fitness as we work together. Yes, WE! I like to refer to myself as one of the tools in my clients larger toolbox of life.

My training programs not only address individuals’ physical needs; we also cover mental clarity, nutritional coaching, improving less than ideal behavior patterns, and increasing emotional stability. After fully realizing my duty as a coach to monitor a person’s sole prized possession- the body- I knew I had to be responsible enough to make this my priority in life. When each program cycle and each training session ends, I always ensure they leave knowing more about themselves than when they first began.

I currently am working with youth to develop a program for establishing the fundamental movement patterns that will establish fundamental movement patterns to be elite athletes. I have also created a business plan for developing corporate wellness programs and initiatives aimed at businesses with health incentives. I also want this plan to be used as a recruitment and retention tool for developing healthier company cultures.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
The road to becoming a full-time entrepreneur has been an exciting one! I have had to invest more in myself to further my education by engaging in workshops and webinars. The fitness industry is very fast paced, so my expenditure on continuing education is ongoing, but the satisfaction and appreciation that my clients show for their transformations makes the investments worthwhile.

So let’s switch gears a bit and go into the B. Well Health & Fitness story. Tell us more about the business.
My business has a unique energy and approach that communicates our overall intention to every client; that we do not want to sell them sessions until the end of time, but rather we work on their goals as a team such that a program leads to independence. In short, we guide people to the behavioral changes that see them through to their goals and beyond for true lasting change. My specialties in training include strength training, competitive training (marathon, triathlon, Tough Mudders, Spartan, GORUCK, etc.), and beginner boxing.

What keeps my retention high and clients most satisfied is the seamless integration of those ‘physically fit’ habits into their current lifestyle. I do not ask my clients to compromise who they are nor do I ask them to change any positive behaviors they have already established in their lives. As their coach and personal trainer, they really appreciate these methods of introducing behavior changes over time, such that they are learned and actually applied in their daily activities.

Essentially, my training programs assist my clients in helping themselves become even better in whatever roles they fulfill in their family and professional relationships. I love to see how my client’s physical transformation gives them a much needed boost of confidence to face obstacles in all areas of their life. Ultimately, becoming the best versions of themselves.

Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
What is “luck”? Fortunately, I do not believe in luck, good nor bad. I know that it is passion that drives me. I believe that proper preparation met with the right opportunity is the best kind of “luck” out there. When an entrepreneur feels they haven’t hit that flow or “lucky streak”, all this means is that more intentional work to their craft is necessary.

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Carl Jones, HypeStudio

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