Today we’d like to introduce you to Peter Korth.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Peter. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
After an unexpected life change, I made the decision to move back to LA and start again. I got the new apartment, new life…basically a new reality. Once my basic needs had been met, it was time to tackle that age-old question… “What do I want?” The only thing I knew for sure was that I had just encountered a massive change and if I wanted to heal and flourish, I needed to embrace it fully and I knew the one area I needed to work on the most was my career path. Having been a pastry chef for over ten years and now working serving jobs to keep my head above water, I knew I needed something new, exciting and rewarding.
One day I had a conversation with a friend who suggested I look into personal training. He said it was a path he could see me on very clearly given my love of fitness, nutrition and helping and supporting others. I immediately shot down the idea. I let my fears of failure and opinions of others take over like I had done so many times in the past. But then I realized that if I was going to fully embrace this new start, why not really go for it?
You see, many years ago I felt deep down this was something I wanted to pursue but I knew I’d never be ‘allowed’ to be successful in that industry because I am a gay man who is in touch with his feminine side and there was no room for me at the weight rack. But when I finally got the courage to step into the gym for the first time, I realized that all my years of dance training would serve me well. Form, body position, balance and functionality all came so easy to me so when I applied all of that to weight training everything fell into place. Fast forward ten years to 2018 and there I sit again with this idea to pursue a career as a personal trainer. I had to once again, convince myself that I can do this, I belong here, and this really IS the next career path for me.
I took my time. Nothing was rushed. I spent lots of time studying and didn’t rush taking my test just for the sake of getting it done. I was very methodical in getting everything perfected and just right to be legitimate business owner who is ready when the time presents itself. I was very conscious of my logo design, my photography, my core values, my voice and tone, my mission statement and my story because the minute this new venture gathered momentum, I wanted to be fully prepared. And today, I am! YASSS!!
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
I knew starting my own business and being my own boss was going to be a challenge. I am a hard worker with a very strong work ethic so putting in the hours wasn’t something I was worried about. When I’m in, I’m all in.
What was absolutely vital to me was letting the universe know that I was ready for the challenge and that I was going to make my mark on an industry that was already heavily saturated…particularly hear in LA. So, meditation, visualization, and focusing on what I wanted for myself was, and still is, a daily practice for me. I know in my heart that is why this new career path has come together so easily. I have been blessed with a large clientele from the very beginning and they are very loyal. The universe listened and provided. All I had to do was show up and do my part. So, when you ask what the biggest challenge has been, I can say honestly it was the screeching halt I encountered when the stay at home order was put in place due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
I was in a slump, I was depressed, and I was completely in shock over what was happening. But, deep down I knew this was another opportunity to embrace the change and use it to my advantage. Learning how to navigate the virtual world of training (which is SO hard) and creating a larger presence on social media have been my main focus during this time in quarantine. Social media has always frightened me. It’s such a machine and I never was all in from the beginning of its popularity so I feel like I am constantly trying to play catch up. Plus, shirtless selfies and sexualized gym pics are not my things so finding a balance and staying authentic is hard, but I am learning to just do me and people actually appreciate that more. I will continue to incorporate these new skills into my overall training program because there is a greater understanding now that you can get a lot of things accomplished while being at home if you have the right instruction to guide you.
Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Symmetry By Peter – what should we know?
Symmetry By Peter is my unique approach to working out. Distinctive weight training exercises that will help you build muscle and lose fat. Then, dance-infused motion that will sculpt and define the physique you’ve worked so hard to achieve.
Having a culinary degree, I also am able to assist my clients with their nutrition needs by instilling this idea that not everything needs to be about macros, calorie counting, and dietary restrictions for the rest of their lives. Enjoying cooking and preparing meals that are whole and nutritionally balanced along with an exercise routine and making time for self-care is living a life of symmetry.
Today what I am left feeling the most proud of is the transformations I’ve seen in my clients. It always starts on the inside, then the outside takes shape. It’s an evolution that begins once the self-worth and self-care have become part of their everyday routines. Love and kindness, I have learned, will achieve better results than tearing someone down and pointing out all that’s wrong about them. Now don’t let the pink hair or polished nails fool you…I am going to kick your butt and push you to your limits but I promise it’s coming from a place admiration and belief that you can do it!!
Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
Oh gosh, just reading this question really does make me emotional. When I think back over the last two years, there have literally had been SO many cheerleaders along the way and they all have believed in me without blinking an eye and just said keep going.
From my circle of besties Zeb, Adam, and Pete who I can share anything with. All the ups and downs of this process, they were always there to give me the advice and just let me know that I could make anything happen. They are all such inspirations too in their lives and established careers and I want to be like all of them one day and have the longevity and success they have all obtained.
Sterling Walker for being that friend and unexpected lunch date who really planted the seed in my head to take this journey.
Mike Thomas my ex, who has remained a very important part of my life. Mike is insanely talented at his job as a creative director and he really is my go-to when I have all my crazy ideas. He assisted and guided me to conceptualize so much of my branding. My logo, website design and layout, to selecting my photos he always is willing to help me to succeed. Big or small he is always up for the task.
My AA sponsor for guiding me through my meditations and visualizations. He has helped me to really use that powerful tool to carve out my path to success and he keeps telling “this is just the beginning. He is the exact mentor I need for this chapter of my life and I know he was put in my life for a reason.
My sisters and mom for all being there and wanting to see me happy and succeed.
And of course my clients. I wouldn’t be anywhere without them. Every time they purchase another package with me to continue this adventure I am just feel so humbled and grateful. I know I am doing something that really is changing their lives, but the special gift they give to me each day is the miracle in all of this.
I could go and on and on, make no joke about it. I am a very blessed man for having so many amazingly talented and caring people in my life.
- Website: www.symmetrybypeter.com
- Phone: 801.347.5648
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @symmetrybypeter
- Facebook: @peterkorth
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