How long have you been in the fitness industry? What inspired you to start Studio S?
I have been in the fitness industry since 2010. I started my fitness journey by working at a local 24 hour gym teaching classes in the evening. After several years of writing workouts, seeing results in clients, and keeping a steady interest in working out, I decided to create a lifestyle that revolved around helping other people get healthy and fit.
What does a day in the life of running Studio S look like?
Running your own business can be a challenge. You have to be disciplined and focused on keeping people involved and motivated. We start classes in both locations at 5:15 am. Afternoons are tough for people, so a lot of people have to wake up and workout before their day even begins. Our next class starts at 8:15 am. We stay in classes for 45 minutes and keep a smile when they tell us how much they don’t want to be there. During the day, I try to get as much work done as I can. I brainstorm ideas, write new workouts, develop online programs and local programs. Programs usually take the most of my time. Once I come up with an idea and plan, I begin to put all of the details into play and have to advertise it. The day time usually goes by quickly, and my work starts when everyone else is getting off. At 4:00 we start our afternoon classes. We offer classes at 4:00 pm, 5:30 pm, and 6:15 pm. In one day at Studio S, we average seeing anywhere from 100-150 people between our two locations. My Amazon Prime workouts average over 1000 people in one week.
What sets your gym apart from others?
The atmosphere I create in my gym and in my workouts is what creates such a unique experience. I set the stage for real life expectations and a “come as you are” motto. A lot of people don’t go to fitness classes because they aren’t in shape yet and don’t want to be embarrassed. The atmosphere we have set at Studio S is welcoming to anyone and everyone. I wouldn’t have a job if everyone was already in shape. When I write workouts, I write them to be doable for a beginner and challenge the most advanced person. All of my exercises can be modified or can be amped up. As an instructor, it’s my job to know which one to push you to do. I don’t have unrealistic expectations from my clients. My goal for all of them is to be healthy.
What fitness advice would you give to a bride wanting to get in shape for her wedding day?
My biggest piece of advice would be don’t crash diet and don’t burn yourself out. Develop a new lifestyle so once you are married, you continue on with your new lifestyle. Exercise is a great stress reliever and will be a healthy addition to your new marriage. Don’t make exercise a stress factor. It’s okay to miss a day and you don’t have to spend three hours at the gym. 45 minutes is plenty of time to get a great workout in that WILL give you results.
What diet advice would you tell a bride or any other person that is wanting to shed some lbs.?
When people ask me for diet tips, my first question is always “what did you eat for breakfast?” Once they answer with what they ate, my second question is always “why?” The answers usually fall in the category of “breakfast is the most important meal of the day”. This opens the door for discussion about eating to eat. If you are only eating because you think it’s time to eat, your problem usually lies here. I am a firm believer in intermittent fasting. I have started hundreds of people on this lifestyle (NOT a crash diet, NOT a 3 day thing). This has been the most effective way I have ever seen weight lost. It’s not so much about WHAT you eat, but WHEN you eat. It’s done 7 days a week. This will not work if you do it for 5 days and take weekends off, etc. The way it works is:
16 hours: FASTING WINDOW
This means nothing but water or black coffee during this fasting window. If you take your last bite at 7:30pm on a Sunday night, you will FAST for the next 16 hours. This will be until 11:30am on Monday.
8 hours: EATING WINDOW
In this window, you aren’t as restricted to what you eat. The same concept goes to eating just to eat. If you aren’t hungry as soon as your 16 hour fast is up, it’s ok to wait thirty more minutes and just have a 7 and a half hour eating window.
The majority of my clients begin seeing a significant weight loss around the two week mark. Stay strict to your time windows and you can not cheat in your fast window, or it will not work. There’s an app on the iPhone called “zero” and I use it to track my fasting.
How can brides and others be trained by you if they are not local to you?
I have a lot to offer online and it doesn’t take much from you. Everything I offer can be done at home with weights and a mat. Here is what I offer:
Amazon Prime workouts: Search “Studio S Live” on prime. This is free if you have prime or you can purchase an episode.
Fitness App: Search “Studio S Fitness” in the Apple Store or just “Studio S” in Google Play
Studio S Elite: I train people in my program to teach at gyms in your town!
Studio S Livestream: I offer LIVE classes streamed to your phone/smart tv currently through Facebook
Studio S at home workouts: I have individual workouts for sale in PDF form by category (arms, abs, legs, full body, workout of the day, 30 day challenges, booty blitzes)
Facebook challenges: I love to do Facebook challenges where people can join a group and do exercises I tell them to do for X amount of days.
All of this information can be found on my website: www.saramorelandfitness.com
Facebook: Sara Moreland Fitness; Instagram: sara_moreland_fitness