"A big thing for me, it's sort of a dual thing, it's feeling the need to kind of be perfect all the time. You know, you're in front of people, you feel like you’re supposed to inspire people, and sometimes you're not feeling that inspired, so you gotta turn it on. That's where I think it's important to find time to be able to take care of yourself." This is Behind the Glow with Kate Snyder.
My name is Kate Snyder and I'm currently living in Louisville, Kentucky. I'm actually from Boston originally. I am certified in Yoga, 200 hour and then Pilates, 500 hour. Right now I'm just teaching Pilates.
In the fitness industry, it seems like everyone has a story of what’s led them to become trainers. What’s yours?
Do you remember the moment when you realized you want to be a trainer?
I played field hockey all through middle school, and high school, and went to college for it. Then, after that I didn't really know what my identity was, no one really preps you for that. My skill didn’t really give me a job.
So I was sitting in a Yoga class and I remember thinking - this would be fun to
do. I mean, it's very different from field hockey which is why I liked it. It's kind
of nice to change, and I think that was kind of when it all just clicked.
I knew I liked working out, I knew that that was super important to me, and it was just figuring out kind of where I fit into that.
I went through training Yoga, but Pilates is really kind of where I found my home. It was just the transition of sort of leaving athletics and then finding how to keep that part of my life.
What are some of your favorite parts of the fitness industry?
I was gonna say besides the clothes! But I think honestly it's the clients, that's a huge one just because you meet such amazing people and just the community as a whole. This interview, for example, is amazing to me that we are able to do this and we all share this one common thing.
And then just kind of bringing happiness to people. I think sometimes people are nervous walking into a new studio or club and then you see that moment when it clicks and it just feels good to see that in someone else.
What are some of the main struggles you think fitness trainers face? And how do you think they can be solved?
A big thing for me, it's sort of a dual thing, it's feeling the need to kind of be perfect all the time. You know, you're in front of people, you feel like you’re supposed to inspire people, and sometimes you're not feeling that inspired, so you gotta turn it on.
And then, kind of hand in hand with that is time management. Because I feel like
sometimes the time management piece makes you feel like you have to have everything together, and be the super collected person. I think honestly technology's helped a lot with that. Being able to schedule out things, having
you know, Apple, everything's connected, but it is tough. You feel like you just have to keep going going going and be there for people but also make time for yourself.
so that's where I think it's important to find time to be able to take care of yourself.
How are you pivoting or dealing with everything as a trainer right now? And how do you think it has shaped you as a trainer?
It's been wild. We were shut down for quite some time, and then we reopened and we had to separate everyone even further and have a smaller class size, but
honestly, it kind of helped me in a sense. Oddly enough, it was kind of the
last push I needed to finally start my Pilates studio virtually because our game plan is to move and open a studio and I felt sort of stuck because I'm still teaching here. Which is great but it was kind of that transition of - okay, people are online, they're doing this online, we have to be online.
So doing everything virtually is kind of a pain in a sense, to film and make sure that's all working, but then at the same time, it's given me this opportunity. I can find clients all over the world now which is amazing.
So it's been awesome to have that push into that world because I've always really idolized people that can do it and they make it look so easy, putting tons of content out there all the time, but it's definitely been challenging trying to navigate all that and you don't want to do the wrong thing or say the wrong thing.
So it's been interesting, trying to find a balance for everything.
How do you think COVID will affect our industry in the years to come?
I think that it's gonna keep the virtual piece around, I think there's a lot of people that actually have enjoyed that. I think that that has kind of brought this new world to all of us. Client and Instructors.
Now we have the ability to put things online and have this built-in community online. I think that's probably gonna stick around but like I said, I think it'll bring us all even closer, which is amazing.
What are some of the fitness trends and mentalities in your country?
We're very go go go go go a million miles per hour. Really rarely have time to even think about anything. I think that's where super short and really intense are the type of workouts people are looking for. They're trying to squeeze into their schedule. It's just kind of how our country goes about things.
So it's definitely interesting to see that people are offering 30-minute yoga classes as an option when that's supposed to be time to decompress, and that's supposed to be an hour for you. But again at least people are doing it.
It's one of those things where it's an interesting love-it-hate-it type of thing. Sometimes I want everyone to just slow down, which COVID has made us all do that, so that is kind of a positive thing. I think we needed that.
But sometimes, I’m definitely like - okay 60 minutes would be nice but it is great that people have those options at least.
What is the greatest piece of advice you can give other trainers from your experience?
Not to give up. I know it's so generic but when you first start you’re all nervous, half of what you're saying is like word vomit, but it's amazing when you keep showing up and keep doing it. You find your people, it just takes a little bit because you're not gonna fit everybody, it's not a one-size-fits-all situation, and that's okay. But at first, it can be really hard because you just want to be
great right out of the gate. So I think definitely powering through those moments where you're not feeling so great is important.
Favorite workout song - What's Poppin. Love that song, it's been on repeat I think my fiance's getting a little annoyed but that's okay.
Favorite cheat meal - Pizza. I can't not eat pizza. We went to Italy last year and felt super spoiled with that, now we came back and we were like - but the pizza is not the same! but yeah definitely pizza.
Fitness trainer that inspires you - Jessica Oli, she's from the UK. Her account is great, it's been really cool to watch her, she shared a lot of her personal life, especially at the beginning and she looks like she's kind of pulling back on that and it's interesting to watch her find her boundaries virtually, that's very inspiring to me to learn what to keep to yourself and what not to share maybe. She's been very raw and honest and her fitness style has changed a ton too which is really awesome to see.
Your motto - I always joke around about the whole like Kanye West “bigger faster strong stronger” from that song, but it always inspires me because it's one of those things where you just feeling like I can always be better, I can always work harder, I can always get a little stronger so that's my kind of go-to.