Feature Friday: Katie Mackenzie
Katie Mackenzie is about as excited about life as they come. I love chatting with her, as her joy and laughter spills over and I always leave smiling.
Katie runs the Midwest County GymGuyz, which sends personal trainers to you wherever and whenever you need it. They do anything from yoga, to postnatal to high intensity training – and will meet you at 5am, on your lunch break or nap time, or after the kids go to bed.
Here’s the Rest of the Interview:
What made you want open GymGuyz?
Fitness has always been an important part of my life. As life changed(got older, job change, marriage, kids) it became harder to consistently fit exercise in to my routine. The concept of bringing the trainer, equipment and expertise right to a client in their home was a perfect solution. We work to make it super accessible and comfortable for clients by meeting them where they are.
What excites you the most about your work?
Helping all kinds of people fit exercise in to their routine. Whether it is ongoing personal training support or fitness program design, we are here to help.
What is your biggest challenge?
The guilt of either feeling like I am distracted from my family or leaving too often in order to grow the business. Or on the other end questioning if I am doing enough to grow and scale the business.
How do you find harmony or balance between being a mom and a business owner?
Although I work way more in having y own business, I have more control over when I work. It has also been a great opportunity to really show my kids the work that I do. When they talk about exercising to stay healthy and demonstrate exercises, it is so rewarding.
Tell us about your family.
My husband Tony and I have two boys. Hudson (almost 5) and London (almost 3). We also have two rescue dogs, Janks and GG.
If you could pick anything, what would your super power be?
This is a tough one. But relating back to my biggest challenge. I would like to be able to be present in all aspects of my life that bring me joy and accomplishment without having to miss any of those opportunities.
What one piece of advice do you have for a mom that needs your service?
Be kind to yourself on your health journey. It may never look the same as it did before kids. But, you can find new ways to move your body daily and feel good about yourself. If you start to get off track, don’t get down on yourself, just pick yourself up and get right back on track.