Reebok celebrates the trainers that help us reach our goals. While you’ve been hunkered down and need to sweat, Kelli Vossler has been just a click away. We say thank you with a spotlight here.
Name: Kelli Vossler
Who are you in 90 characters or less? Sports performance coach with a passion for people. Leader, risk-taker, athlete, best friend.
Social Handles and/or Website: Instagram: @kellivos@andovercrossfit@sparkftinessma, Facebook: Spark Fitness & Tennis, YouTube: Spark Fitness & Tennis, Website: www.sparkfitnessandtennis.com
Why do you teach/train?
I get to be part of something bigger than myself. I get the daily opportunity to add value and happiness to the lives of others by empowering them to continue to work at becoming the best versions of themselves and live their lives to the fullest.
What classes do you normally teach / what is your training expertise?
I am the Director of Fitness at Spark Fitness, but I also love to coach. The best part of my job is that it is very multifaceted as I am the head coach and lead programmer for our CrossFit classes, so I typically teach about 10 CrossFit classes a week (when at the gym). In addition to this, you will find me coaching our Sweat classes, an Adult Small Group S&C and I have a handful of personal training clients. I have been a performance coach for over 10 years, I have vast experience in athlete performance, Olympic weightlifting, gymnastics, and overall athlete functional movement.
How have you adapted your business to still inspire people at home?
Like the rest of the world, we have moved it all to a virtual platform. Daily inspiration and motivation are tough during quarantine, so Spark Fitness has made all of our programming FREE to anyone, anywhere! This includes classes for all fitness levels (experts to beginners) - the positive feedback has been overwhelming! Entire families are now getting involved in our classes and it has created unique and special moments shared by everyone. We also provide a different daily workout for athletes to do at home with limited equipment or no equipment at all. These remote programmed workouts all come with demo videos and notes for athletes. We also provide live and on demand classes for our members (and non-members) and have are continuing to do personal training via zoom.
Are you currently offering virtual classes? If so, when and how can people join?
We offer a full schedule of daily Facebook live and zoom classes that include: Spark Sweat, Barre Fusion, Yoga (slow flow and power vinyasa), Total Body Tabata, Core Sculpt and Zumba classes. All you have to do is follow Spark Fitness and Tennis Club on Facebook, YouTube or Instagram to keep up with the latest schedules or see archived classes!
What advice would you give to other fitness professionals to get through these times?
Keep your head up and know that we are all in this together. We all have the heavy days, and it easy to get overwhelmed when looking into the future due to all the uncertainty and changes ahead, but this will pass and we will be stronger. It is so important right now to lean on each other and share our knowledge, ideas, tricks, tips, etc. If you have not yet, reach out to a fellow gym owner who has a similar business to yours and have a meeting of the minds to compare notes and make sure you’re all on the same page. Lastly, never be too prideful to ask for help; no one wants anyone to fail, especially right now.
How can fitness professionals lift each other up right now?
Supporting each other through social media is a small gesture that creates big waves. Showing the love through likes, uplifting comments, and direct messages just telling them they are doing a great job can be the fuel that an empty tank needs on hard days. It is not easy for anyone right now. We are all working double time and our job of social interaction has been stripped of us, so a small compliment from another professional goes a long way!
What is your favorite non-fitness outlet to cope with the current stress of the world?
I love our happy hour zoom calls with our community every Friday. We all pour a well-deserved drink and do a coach’s check-in with our squad and then play games to lighten things up after a stressful and monotonous week. Everyone always leaves a lot happier.
How are you giving yourself #permissiontopause?
Setting boundaries for yourself while trying to keep a business afloat is HARD. If there is one thing I have learned though through all of this it is that everyone needs a day away from the computer and social media to recharge. I always take Saturday or Sunday (depending on the weather) and try to find a way to make life feel normal again. Lately, this has been getting on my mountain bike and getting back to nature. I love this hashtag as it is so important for our mental health!