Today we’d like to introduce you to Lindsey McMeen.
Lindsey, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I grew up incredibly active outside of Madison, WI. Through college, I let my active lifestyle go and peaked at 215lbs. Thankfully, I took the steps needed to get back to my healthy self and lost 70lbs during my senior year of college. From that point on, I wanted to help as many people as I could through their own health and fitness journeys. While living in New York City working in investment management, I got my personal trainer certification and eventually made the jump into full-time fitness. I spent five years at Flywheel Sports ending as a Master Instructor, and am currently a trainer at Barry’s Bootcamp and the Director of Talent and Programming/Lead Instructor at Cycle X here in Chicago.
Has it been a smooth road?
Starting out in fitness can be a grind (to put it lightly). The hours can be challenging as you are up before everyone else and you’re heading home when most are already on the couch post dinner. All that being said, it. is. worth. it! Being able to do what you love, every day, is incredibly rewarding. You won’t look back!
We’d love to hear more about your business.
My main work is as the Director of Talent and Programming at Cycle X in the West Loop. Taking my years of experience in indoor cycling and now, applying what I’ve learned into a new role of Director is incredibly exciting!
I am a trainer at Barry’s Bootcamp – it has been a long time goal to work for this amazing company and I couldn’t be more excited to be in the red room day in and day out with everyone!
And last, but not least, I also have my own personal training business, Train McMeen. I specialize in bridal training, helping all of my gorgeous brides get ready for their big day. I’ve received my Pre/Post Natal certification which has been a wonderful new venture in training – love being able to help all my ladies have healthy, happy pregnancies!
Finding a mentor and building a network are often cited in studies as a major factor impacting one’s success. Do you have any advice or lessons to share regarding finding a mentor or networking in general?
Don’t be afraid to reach out! Instagram has been a remarkable vehicle for starting conversations. If you are new to working in fitness and you have certain individuals you follow that you respect and want to emulate – don’t be afraid to reach to them directly and ask if they’d want to grab a cup of coffee. If you have a specific trainer or instructor you love taking, speak up and say hi! I know I personally love connecting with my riders and clients whenever possible!
- Personal training sessions: $95/solo, $55/person for doubles, $40/person for 3+ people
- Website: www.trainmcmeen.com
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @trainmcmeen
- Twitter: @trainmcmeen
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