We had the good fortune of connecting with Quentin Pullen and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Quentin, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
I cannot say that there was a thought “Process” to starting my business. When I first started coaching, I was in college working on my engineering degree. I had been into fitness for many years but never thought about it as a business until I started working part-time as a fitness trainer. It was like I started dating the industry, and the more deeply I went into it, the more I fell in love. I am more excited about what I do today than I have ever been in my career. I’m positive that if you ask me how I feel a year from now about the Wellness industry I will probably be even more enamored.

I do, however, understand that this is indeed a business and I take my business development very seriously. I am constantly educating myself and adapting my business to service the needs of my customers. I believe in always “Growing” your business.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
In short, we are a wellness company. We are passionate about teaching people how to optimize their lives. Most people hear the title “Fitness Coach” and think it’s just a gym business, but we are so much more than that. I believe that being fit means feeling good all the time. The elements of fitness are Mind, Body, and Soul. If one is lacking, are you really fit? My wife and I joke around that we work 7 days a week and it’s true. We take our clients on hikes on Sundays to work on their spiritual fitness. We start each training session by doing therapy movements as prep and/or rehab for the body. We offer meal prep classes to help our customers get the most from the service we offer.

I believe that when you are doing what you love it’s not work. It’s an honor and a privilege to be allowed to help people. That help sometimes comes at 10pm on a Sunday when a customer sends a text asking if mashed potatoes are ok after 6p.m. To be successful, you have to be willing to work at it constantly. Punching a clock as a business owner is not even a thing. That’s not to say that business owners should not set boundaries, I take time to myself daily because without a fit me there is no business.

The coolest thing we have going on now is the launch of our nonprofit TheFitnessRanch.org and a Summer Camp program. We are dedicated to helping our community by developing stronger individuals. We believe that giving our youth an understanding of wellness will help them become more productive citizens. Our Summer Camp program offers daily fitness training, tutoring, gardening, cooking lessons, meditation/mindfulness, and mentoring. We are excited to grow this side of our business.

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.
It’s exciting for me to be back in Atlanta. I lived away for double the time that I was here growing up. Since then, so much has changed. When I left for the military, Atlanta Fulton County Stadium was still a thing. I get to view the place where I grew up from the perspective of a tourist, so many things are brand new to me too. We live and operate our business out of Fayetteville, GA. Fayetteville is a seriously unique town because it still has that old country town feel with hints of modernization. The first place I would take a guest would be for a drive around our city.

As I mentioned before, nature! Heritage Park in Mableton is a beautiful nature walk. There’s an old mill there which is just amazing. The trail parallels a stream with waterfalls, wildlife, and a covered bridge, and across the road is Silver Comet Trail. After the hike breakfast at First Watch is a must! Day 3 we are definitely going to Six Flags over Georgia. I worked there during the summers, and I am a roller coaster fanatic. Day 4 we are going river rafting on the Chattahoochee, if they are friends of mine, they come with adventure or stay home. Day 5 we take the MLK tour downtown Atlanta; I’ve never been even though I’ve been around the area more times than I can count. Day 6 we take another drive except this time we head east until we hit the ocean. Savannah is the place to be any time of year. Day 7 we are visiting the airport!

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?
I must start off by thanking Rashad Richie from the “Rashad Richie Morning Show” on 1380WAOK. Returning home to Georgia meant that I was starting my business all over again. Rashad needed to shed a few pounds that he’d gained during the pandemic, and after several sessions he invited me to come on his radio show. Six months later and we are still doing “Fitness Friday with Coach Q” every Friday at 8am. Rashad gave me a medium to speak my purpose to Atlanta which has helped me develop my business. Our relationship has been mutually beneficial because he’s down nearly 20lbs and I have been given an education on Atlanta culture, business development, politics, and more.

Website: www.QtheCoach.com

Instagram: @Q_the_Coach

LinkedIn: @QtheCoach

Facebook: @QtheCoach

YouTube: @qthecoach

Other: nonprofit: www.TheFitnessRanch.org podcast: 30min on Q

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