We had the good fortune of connecting with Kim Miller and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kim, how has your background shaped the person you are today?
I am originally from Baltimore, MD which I think, makes me a tad tougher. I have memories as a pre-teen of my Mom taking me to not only Jazzercise classes at my elementary school, but also to the gym. Neither of us really knew what to do, nor were Personal Trainers really a thing in the late 80s, but we were still in there trying to do something for our bodies. I believe that foundation truly made me think differently about how I treat my body from that early age.
I played sports and danced my way right through high school and college and have been fortunate enough to be trained by, in my opinion, the best trainers and coaches in the biz. They inspired me to find what I truly love to do later in life and that’s to help people find their best selves. It was also important to me to be there for my kids when they got home from school and to be able to attend as many activities as possible so a self-run business has given me that freedom that I desire.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
This is my second career and I love not only being a Personal Trainer, but also have added nutrition coaching to my services. I like to help my clients find a complete place of fitness and wellness and that includes so many things. Starting this business was not even in my plan; I just decided one day this is what I’d like to do and I have never looked back. I can remember training clients in my master bedroom in my former house and now I am gearing up to take them on a client retreat in the mountains complete with yoga, strength training and beautiful meals prepared. This business was definitely not easy but it has always been so rewarding. I take special care of my clients to go over and above and they do truly become part of my family. We are all involved in each others’ lives, know each others’ families and are genuinely friends outside of training.
The most important lessons I have learned (and am still learning) is to do your best to balance work/life/self. I have two kids and they keep me very busy. I also feel like I have mastered the art of self care as often as possible. Sometimes you have be absolutely selfish to take care of yourself meanwhile sometimes having to say no to others. If you can’t feel healthy in this industry, you are not doing your clients any favors.
What I would want the world to know about my brand is that it is so important to do what you love – if you are lucky enough to. Create a community of people that have common goals, even lifestyles that are similar – it creates something so much bigger.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
A few of the places that I love are Ponce City Market and the rooftop over there. All the old school arcade games are so fun! I also always have the best time at Braves games out at Truist Park. Such a great ballpark to spend a whole day – eating, drinking, hanging out at the shops and fun game bars – tons to do!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would like to dedicate this small story of inspiration to my fabulous clients. They have helped me grow and build this business on my back and without their support, I wouldn’t be able to do what I do.
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