Today it’s my privilege to bring you an interview with renowned personal trainer Laura Novack, who has a background in a wide variety of disciplines such as Yoga, Pilates, Boxing, Kickboxing, and Gymnastics.
We discuss her approach to training, running her own business, and Laura’s advice on how to stay consistently motivated towards our fitness goals and wider ambitions….
What types of movement do you specialize in?
My background is in gymnastics, which I trained in from age 3 to 10. I then transitioned to cheer, snowboarding and track and field as far as sports. As a personal trainer I draw from those backgrounds as well as yoga, Pilates, boxing and kickboxing.
How did your passion for these disciplines begin and develop?
As a young competitive gymnast, I naturally incorporated athleticism and physical strength into my self-image and that always stuck. It has become a source of self-esteem to learn new skills, and become stronger, faster, more flexible etc.
What does your weekly training routine consist of?
Working in the gym I end up weight lifting about 3-4 times a week. I make it to a gymnastics facility about once a week. I make sure to do yoga once a week or so and also have rock climbing, Pilates, and boxing memberships as to not get bored.
How have you transformed your passion for health and fitness into a successful business/career?
I have been a personal trainer for the past 10 years and before that worked at a children’s weight loss camp in Ny. I’ve always known how important fitness was in my life and helping others find a form of Movement that can increase their health and happiness just seemed like the obvious career path.
As far as social media, that was total luck and circumstance that my videos were picked up by biggest accounts and my audience grew. It also helped me through a terrible break up.
What advice would you give to someone who is demotivated or doesn’t know where to start with getting into sport and fitness?
Just take consistent baby steps. Anything is better than doing nothing and I promise exercise will eventually feel good and be fun!
What do you think are the most important characteristics to develop to pursue your ambitions?
Discipline, resilience and faith.
What advice would you give to someone who is trying to take their passion for health and fitness, or anything else, and turn it into a successful business/ career?
You must first have a sincere intention to help others. From there focus on being of value to people; learn as much as you can, continue to exercise and keep yourself up as an example of health. Learn from everyone you encounter, client, co-worker, professional in another field, everyone has something for you to learn.
Are there any specific principles that you try and live by and why?
Be kind. So many people are going through unimaginable hardships that you will never know so assume the best in people.
What are you goals and plans for the future?
Balance. I tend to get goal obsessive, so my goal is to keep things balanced. I don’t want to be in great shape but broke and I don’t want to be rich if it means having poor health. I plan to pursue my fitness and financial goals while still prioritizing my relationship, family, friendships