Personal trainer, fitness guru and business woman extraordinaire Tina Glass is the founder of Results Studio LR. We sat down with Glass for the next installment of our Small Business Talk series highlighting and demystifying the world of women in small business.
Tell us about the rebranded Results Studio LR.
TG: When I opened my gym Results by Tina in 2010, my mission was to help as many people as possible look and feel their best. As my reputation as a personal trainer grew, my business grew as well. Over time, I simply could not accommodate the demand (which was a good problem to have).
Rebranding was a way for me to continue my purpose while adding passionate, educated trainers. Together we can offer more services such as online training, corporate wellness and classes. You can be good alone, but you can be great with a team.
Did you have a lightbulb moment when you knew fitness was what you were supposed to do?
TG: I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase, "If you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life." Well, I love what I do, but I didn’t always love fitness. In college, I was overweight and felt self-conscious about my body. I began to love exercise because it helped build my confidence and made me feel good about myself. My passion continued to grow and I wanted to learn as much as possible about exercise so that I could help others who struggled like me.
What was it like to go full time with your own business?
TG: Unpredictable, exciting, scary… Kind of like being on a roller coaster with no breaks. It’s also a lot of responsibility, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. I’m able to take the passion, drive and energy I have for health and fitness and pass that on to others.
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What is something you wish you did differently when you first opened?
TG: I spent so many hours trying to figure out things that I could have paid someone to do and saved time. It’s still hard for me to delegate some things, but I’ve learned to outsource what I’m not good at doing.
Throughout your career, what was a moment that felt huge to you, but might not look significant to others?
TG: My five-year anniversary party. It was a surreal experience to see all of my clients, family and friends support my dream. That was the moment I knew I had established myself as a business owner. Another milestone was when I expanded my studio. Knocking down one wall to add more space was a huge step for me.
Does being a woman affect how you do business, or the way people see your gym?
TG: I think being a woman in a traditionally male-dominated industry makes me stand out, but not in a negative way. There’s a stereotype that men are weightlifters and women stick with yoga, pilates or barre. My hope is that when young women see more female entrepreneurs in traditionally male roles they will be inspired to become whatever they want.
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What are the best and hardest parts about being a boss?
TG: The best part is getting the chance to watch your vision/brand grow. The hardest part is letting go. Having a business is like your baby. No one will care and nurture it the way you will. Learning to let go of that control can also help you grow in ways you might not ever thought of on your own.
What do you wish people knew about small business owners?
TG: We don’t have everything together. There are always things that we need to get done. As a small business owner, I truly believe that you work harder for yourself than you would for anyone else.
What advice would you give to someone starting their own business?
TG: Don’t be afraid to make mistakes. They’re inevitable. Have a mind that is open to change. You have to evolve. When you go through challenges, grow through them, too. Wear your seatbelt. Enjoy the ride.