I’ve let these interviews slide for a couple of weeks, sorry – real life intervened in the shape of an ultramarathon and a family celebration. But now let’s say another hello to Mel Bridger (was Carpenter), a busy exercise and fitness guru who is always updating and pivoting and refining her business models. You can find her at The Mummy Trainer and she also runs a printing company with her husband. We first met Mel in February 2013 and updated in February 2014, March 2015, May 2016 and July 2017. At that point, here was where she wanted to be in a year – and knowing Mel, so much will have changed in two years! “Still studying, still working and still striving to be the best that I can be!”
Hello, again, Mel! So, are you where you thought you’d be when you looked forward two years ago?
Well, I now have a very successful Multi Format Fitness Organisation called Beatz Fitness (originally a clothing line, we loved the name so much, we used it for everything!) that I run with my husband. We have 140 active instructors in the UK and Ireland and thousands of people take part in Beatz classes every week!
I also ran the first Social Media Marketing and Networking Event for Fitness Instructors (FINE – Fitness Instructors Networking Event) on 1 June 2019 and I will be running Quarterly Masterminds in addition to that (the first is on 28 September 2019).
What has changed and what has stayed the same?
My ethos is still the same, my drive has increased I feel! I’m moving more into theory-based tutoring, coaching and public speaking and focusing less on the actual delivery of physical classes.
I also get booked for workshops at events outside of the Fitness Industry (I specialise in Video for Social Media) and I’m working on my first book (which has changed titles and topics so many times)!
Wow – exciting times! What have you learned? What do you wish you’d known two years ago?
That I’m capable of so much more than I give myself credit for – I wish I’d had the confidence to push forward with a few products sooner but then I also believe that there is a time and a place for everything.
Any more hints and tips for people?
Never ever stop learning – Whether that be a course, attending an event, networking, reading a new type of book or podcast, education is important for you to survive as a solopreneur/entrepreneur
And … where do you see yourself and your business in a(nother) year’s time?
Who knows? Maybe I’ll finally have that studio I’ve been talking about for years! I’d like to move more into training brands and business coaching within the Fitness Industry, I’ve been doing this a long time now, it’s time to pass more of this knowledge on!
Wow, Mel is certainly a force to be reckoned with, so who knows indeed! I’ve loved seeing her growth and if it’s possible to have more drive and confidence,she’s done that! Good luck for the next stage!
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