When new contributor and all around dynamo Cassie Hewlett starting her health and fitness coaching business we just new we had to share. Get inspired by our interview, and be sure to check out Cassie on Instagram: cassiehewlett.fit, Facebook, Health & Fitness Coaching with Cassie and on the web, www.cassandrahewlett.com
1. What inspired you to become a health and fitness coach?
Growing up, I was very involved in sports, but I always struggled to accept my body. Once I stopped playing sports, due to an injury, I felt even more insecure about my body. I went through phases where I would workout and eat healthy for two months, but then lose motivation and gain back the weight I had lost. I needed someone to hold me accountable, push me, and motivate me not to give up on my goals. However, I never knew how to make a fulfilling career out of my love for health and fitness. Then, a lovely woman named Kristi, who is now my sponsor coach, reached out to me after seeing a blog post I wrote and told me about her career as a health and fitness coach. She explained that her job, as a coach, is to motivate, encourage and inspire people along their journey. As soon as she said that, it was like it all clicked. I finally found a career that I was passionate about.
I signed up as a health and fitness coach through Beachbody because I have had a lot of success doing their programs. Beachbody provided all of the training to become a coach. I also am a part of a larger Beachbody coaching team, so the more experienced coaches are always available to answer any questions I have along the way.
3. What happens in a challenge group?
Essentially, a challenge group is an online community of people who want to achieve their health and fitness goals. I motivate, inspire and unite my challengers through daily personal development tasks and accountability checks, weekly video chat check-ins, motivational posts throughout the day, tips to stay on track, and I also post videos about how I meal-prep, my favorite recipes and my favorite workouts. Prior to the start of the challenge, I ask all of my challengers what they expect of me as their coach and how I can help them succeed so that they have all the tools they need to finally achieve their goals. The challenge group truly becomes a community, free of judgement, where everyone can motivate and inspire each other by sharing their journeys.
4. Is your group for anyone, or do you have to be a certain age, or live in a certain place?
Anyone can join my challenge groups whether you are just starting your journey or an athlete in the off-season. The cool thing about my challenges is that they are all online! So anyone can join as long as they have access to the internet!
5. You’re a busy college student. How do you find time for everything?
I am a schedule person. I am way more productive when I have a schedule and I stick to it, so at the beginning of every week I write down what I need to do each day and what I already have going on so I can figure out how to make the best use of my free time. One of my “non-negotiables” is going to the gym every day. I need it for my mental sanity. But, even at the gym I try to be productive. I answer emails, post on social media, and reach out to people while I do cardio. Multi-tasking is a blessing!
6. How are you spreading the word about your new venture?
I created a website that explains everything you need to know about my challenge groups and how I coach. I also created an Instagram account and Facebook page with “simplified” information so people can easily learn more about my business. I’m a very social person, so to spread the word, I just socialize!
7. Have there been any challenges since starting your business?
One of the main things I struggled with and continue to struggle with is the fear of coming off as a salesperson. I don’t want people to think I am just trying to sell them on a product. I’ve found that if I share my experiences, why I am passionate about health and fitness and then listen to others’ stories, they tend to want to learn more about my business. Yes, it is my career, but at the end of the day, what I am truly passionate about it is helping people achieve their goals, not selling products.
8. What’s your favorite breakfast?
Well, my favorite unhealthy breakfast is thick french toast, crispy turkey bacon, scrambled eggs, and real maple syrup. Unfortunately, I can’t eat that every day, so my favorite healthy breakfast is a chocolate-peanut butter-banana protein shake with scrambled eggs and crispy turkey bacon.
9. What’s your favorite workout?
My absolute favorite cardio workout is from the Insanity T25 program. It’s called Total Body Circuit. It’s only 25 minutes long, but it’s sooo good!! I also love weightlifting. My favorite workout is a leg workout.
Warm-up: Bike 10 minutes
4×10 goblet squats
4×15 russian deadlifts
4×8 (each leg) walking lunges with plate overhead
4×20 yds. toe walks with dumbbells
4×10 (each leg) cable kickbacks
3×10 (each leg) lying hamstring curls
10. Would you share a healthy recipe with us?
Turkey Taco Lettuce Wraps
-1 Ib ground turkey
-iceberg or romaine lettuce leaves
-3/4 cup yellow onion
-2 garlic cloves
-1/2 cup chicken broth (low sodium)
-1 tbsp. chilli powder
-1/2 tbsp. paprika
-1 tbsp. olive or coconut oil
-mexican blend cheese
How to make:
-Heat olive oil in pan on medium-high heat
-add yellow onion and sauté
-add ground turkey, garlic, black pepper
-cook (break up turkey while it is cooking)
-add chili powder, paprika, and chicken broth
-bring down to simmer and cook for about 5 min. (until sauce is absorbed)
-add to meat to lettuce leaves w/ avocado, diced tomatoes, and cheese
Thank you Cassie. Best of luck on this fabulous venture. Can’t wait to check back in and see how it’s going!