We had the good fortune of connecting with Kristina Bhimineni and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kristina, can you walk us through the thought-process of starting your business?
When I first began pursuing my personal training certification, it never occurred to me that I would become a business owner. I assumed I would be working for someone else, but still helping others get healthy and fit. I have a huge passion for health, fitness and staying active. Without even realizing it, I was giving advice to friends of mine when we were out running. It was small, simple things like how to relax your arms or to breathe correctly when you are running so you aren’t constantly short of breath. My friends then suggested I do run coaching. After doing quite a bit of research, I realized I could start my own business. It would allow me to do something I loved while still having time home with my children while they are so little. It has been hard work reaching my current work-life balance, which is forever changing, but is also gratifying. I discovered not only do I enjoy helping people reach their goals with running, losing weight, and figuring out how to fit in workouts while balancing mom-life, I am fascinated by the ins and outs of running a business.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Becoming a running coach and a health coach really combined all of my training, professions, and education into one, creating something I am absolutely passionate about. My first degree was in Sports Medicine and my second was in Nursing. I love to help others, teach people how to be healthy, and also help them reach their fitness goals. I am beyond proud of the fact I have both running programs and workout programs that are designed specifically for moms with busy lives that don’t have endless hours to train. I love that my clients find me relatable and see that they can have success without having to live in the gym or giving up all of their favorites.
Starting my own business was terrifying! The hardest part was not just growing a business, but how to grow as a business owner. I have had to learn to put myself out there in a way that potential clients can relate to. Being able to coach someone is very different from running a business and the latter part has required a very steep learning curve. I knew I had valuable knowledge to share but convincing others to take a chance on you requires confidence, which I can now say I have gained significantly especially as I watch my clients get better when they work with me.
I am not the perfect athlete. I am not the fastest runner. But I have a background that allows me to be able to assess your personal needs and help you reach your goals.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I would definitely head up to Sedona for a day. It is such an amazing place to visit and there are so many activities there that anyone can find something to do. The hiking and scenery is absolutely breathtaking. There are also many nearby wineries and traveling to the the bordering towns to try the different local wines is a lot of fun.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
My family has been unconditionally supportive on this adventure. My husband listens to me analyze different courses and programs I should offer, how I can help my current clients and what new ones might be looking for. He has always believed I could start my own business and be successful at it. My children have jumped right in and believe this is a family business. They are excited to run and workout with me. They are understanding when I have to do work even on the weekends and love to talk about what they think I should do with clients.