We made it to Costa Rica! (And 2 days later figured out the internet situation.). I have to say, I am absolutely blown away by how well the kids did on our travel day. #didntexpectthatone
We were all up at the crack of dawn in Bangor because we were #soexcited and we didn’t get settled into our room until after 1am. Brookie (our 1 year old) and I were then up 4am (local time) to listen to the birds wake up.
It really is incredible how portable and flexible kids actually are.
At home I spend so much time worrying about keeping a schedule or what it will mean if we miss a snack or don’t have access to the right foods. This travel day taught me to loosen up - the kids will be fine.
Also - #protip when your 4 year old asks to go to the bathroom on the plane for the 400th time. Let him. And - when he wakes up and blames you for spilling water on his lap... go with it.
The last 2 days have felt like a weeks worth of vacation. The kids have been in the pool, out of the pool, in the ocean, out of the ocean, making friends with locals (and aggressive birds at breakfast), on a jungle hike looking for monkeys, and learning some new words in Spanish. Then we all crash hard at the end of the day.
We will keep you posted weekly on our adventures but for now - I wanted to let you all know we are safe and sound and now have WiFi.
Sending lots of love and pura vita,
Paige & Mike❤️
In less than a week. My family and I are headed to Costa Rica for an ENTIRE MONTH. This has been a dream that my husband, Mike and I have been working on for the last 2 years since our first trip to Costa Rica together.
We have been asked so many questions about our trip, why we are going, if we are scared of leaving our life and business or a month (spoiler alert: yes - we are scared but we are doing it anyway), who will be in charge while we are gone, and what we are hoping to get out of the trip so I am sharing it all here. I hope our story will inspire you to make the decision to #goforit even if you are scared in your own life.
For anyone that doesn't know my story - my name is Paige Wilcox and my husband and I own Wilcox Wellness & Fitness - a private personal training business that we recently franchised. We have 2 locations - one in Bangor that we have been running for the last almost 7 years and one in Brunswick, Maine that opened in mid-January.
I met Mike 13 years ago on a blind date and married him 5 years later. I definitely married up - Mike is my best friend and partner in all things and I absolutely love spending every minute of every day with him. Not kidding! Together, we have two wild and crazy kids - Hazen is 4 and Brooklyn is 1.
I am originally from Rangeley, Maine - a super small, beautiful town in the western part of the great state of Maine. I come from a family of small business owners - my parents ran a convenience store when I was growing up and I always knew that I wanted to own and run my own business. Not for the typical reasons of ‘being my own boss’ but more for the lifestyle freedom that you can build when you own a business.
I love travel, I love adventure, I love immersing myself in new cultures. It has always been my goal to be able to live and work from anywhere in the world. (Don’t worry - Bangor, Maine will always be my forever home.) I have always made travel a priority in my life and I been lucky enough to do a lot a lot of travel in my lifetime. I have backpacked through Europe, been in the Amazon jungle, and traveled through India.
I love the way travel opens you up to view the world in a different way and provides immense amounts of perspective. For the last 2 years, my husband and I have been working on our #lifegoals and planning a month-long live / work trip to Costa Rica with our 2 young kids - ages 4 & 1. We leave in next week - it is terrifying, exciting, and super epic. It’s going to be an amazing adventure!
This trip will be our first experiment in ‘working from anywhere’ - wish us luck! We feel very confident in the team, processes, and business that we have built in order to physically leave the building for a month. Thanks to technology, we will still be very much connected to the business.
It is scary to leave our business for an entire month - we have never done that before and really our business is our baby. And our franchise business is our newborn baby. But - our real babies - Hazen and Brooklyn are only going to be this little for so long. And I am so excited to have this adventure with them - to connect with them through travel - to see the wonder on their faces - to see monkeys in real life - and to open up their minds to the greatest possibilities. It is scary - but anything worth wild is scary so do it anyway. We only get this one life and we get to decide how to live it.
I feel so lucky. I absolutely LOVE my work. A lot of people have asked me why I don’t just want to disconnect and totally be in #vactationmode for the month. The truth is - I love running the business. I love the team I support. I love the clients we serve. I love brainstorming new ideas. I love creating things to serve our clients better. To me full on vacation mode isn’t desirable - it would be like saying you can’t watch your favorite TV show, or eat your favorite food, or talk to your best friend or your mom, while you are on vacation because you need to disconnect from that thing. But the truth is, doing those things would enhance your overall vacation experience. I hope that makes sense.
I think having the opportunity to get away for a solid chunk of time really gives you the opportunity to look at your life, your family, your business, and your priorities with a new perspective. I think that when we are at home, working, grocery shopping, meal prepping, shuttling the kids around, and doing all the things we can lose sight of the bigger picture. I strive to live a really intentional life. I know that life is what you make it and I think that sometimes you need to get out of your daily routine in order to really be able to truly figure out what you want out of life. Things like... How you want to feel on a daily basis. The relationships that you want to have with the ones you love the best. The impact that you want to create in the world. The thoughts that float through your mind.
I remember one time I was going through a particularly stressful time with an old job (I was an account manager for a scientific distribution company) Mike and I went on vacation together. It was just a week - we were in Puerto Rico and I was having a hard time disconnecting from work - or work was having a hard time disconnecting from me back in the days where disconnecting was my goal. I had to be on a conference call on vacation in Puerto Rico on the way to the boat for our snorkeling adventure. I had a lot on my mind after that call and boarding the boat. I remember then putting my snorkel gear on and putting my head in the water. There was a whole beautiful world down there that I hadn’t even considered moments prior. It made my problems feel so small in the best way possible. The fish would still be swimming, the seaweed would still be swaying, and the waves would still be rolling regardless of what was going on in my life. And I feel like that is what travel does for us. It puts our life into perspective.
I am really excited to have the opportunity to step back and really assess where we are and gain a lot of perspective going forward. I hope that our experience inspires other people to fully go for it in their life and do something that scares them. It may not be travel related but really finding the thing that will set their soul on fire, light them up, and make them excited to jump out of the bed in the morning. Maybe that means applying for a new job, starting a new business, going back to school, or asking that special someone out on a date. Whatever it is, I say throw caution to the wind, go for it - especially if you are scared. What is the worst that could happen? Malaria for the whole family…. Eek - maybe - hopefully not - don’t think that way, Paige!
I am confident that our whole trip is not going to be rainbows and butterflies, monkeys and waterfalls. We have an 18 hour travel day to get there with 2 kids under 5 and 2 adults who don’t like to sit still. Our strategy is to bribe the 4 year old with a various assortment of gum (solid, right?) and pray that he entertains the 1 year old. [Now accepting responsible parent travel advice - come at me!]
Outside of the challenge of the travel day, I will have the challenge of figuring out how to balance the family time with working time. I will still have phone calls to support our franchise business and our team in Bangor and other work to do to keep the momentum of the business humming. I love my work - my challenge will be dialing that back enough to really let the amazingness of our trip and extra family time sink in.
If I am being fully vulnerable here, I am also a little scared of what it will mean to have my kids 24/7. I have never done that before outside of my maternity leaves. I am scared that I won’t have what it takes to be the very best version of myself for them every minute of every day. And then I am scared of beating myself up on that. #iwillkeepyoupostedonthatone
I don’t even want to think about what it will mean when our 34 days of utopia are up but I truly hope that by that time I am itching to get home, get back into our comfortable routine, and eat an American cheeseburger again.
I hope that this trip brings our family even closer together - that our kids see that you can do anything in life that you decide to do - and that life is meant to be fully enjoyed. I am so excited to play full out - embrace the adventure and the challenge - and be transformed in the process.
I hope that we bring home a new perspective from Costa Rica that we can use to serve our clients and our team better.
I hope that the moment we get home, we start planning our next adventure!
So tell me - what is your next adventure? How do you want it to make you feel? What scares you about it? I want to hear it!
I believe that everything happens for a reason. I believe that your story is what makes you unique and that every difficult time in your life that you go through prepares you for something better. I believe that we can find good in every situation. And that there is meaning to even the most difficult experiences that we go through.
After I delivered my first baby - I just wasn’t feeling right. For a very long time - about 9 months postpartum. At the time I was working as an account manager - I had long hours - I had to travel regularly for work - and I was trying to adjust to being a new mother. But I was EXHAUSTED. I was doing all the things - sleeping 10 hours per night, eating well, exercising - and nothing helped. I felt like my body was collapsing on itself - right on the centerline. My vision was impacted - I had trouble focusing - I was m i s e r a b l e. AND - it was supposed to be the happiest time of my life. I kept telling my doctors and they kept dismissing me saying - ‘you are going to be tired, you are a new mother.’ It made me feel like I wasn’t doing this life right - was every mother really this tired all the time?
Fortunately, my husband helped me keep pushing for more tests and more answers. I will never forget the call I got from the doctor one Thursday afternoon when I was driving home from a work stretch in Connecticut. He knew I traveled for work - he said “Where are you? You need to get home. Your TSH level is 17.” [Your TSH should be below 2 - most people feel good with it being below 1.] And with that he *finally* referred me to an endocrinologist who diagnosed me with Hashimoto's Thyroiditis - an autoimmune disorder that impacts energy levels, the ability to focus, and a whole host of other symptoms that I was experiencing.
That experience has allowed me to connect more deeply on how important it is to feel good. I had this horrible experience of feeling terrible so I am able to connect more deeply with others who are also just so tired. It has also made me obsessed with managing my own energy levels - not just physically through nutrition and exercise, but also mentally by learning and growing, and spiritually by doing the things, being in the spaces, and being with the people that make me happy.
I would love to connect with you and hear your story. What negatives have you gone through and turned positive? Let me know here.
Having a tough day? Or a series of tough days strung together for the last week or month or year... It happens. Of course. And I’ve been there more times than I would wish on anyone. But just so you know, I’ve gotten through it. And you will, too. I always get through it. And you will, too. And I believe that everything in life happens not to us but for us. Every hardship that we go through makes us who we are, prepares us for something bigger, and helps us appreciate the good times even more. A smooth sea didn't make for a skillful sailor. Whether it’s personal, professional, or seemingly totally out of your control. I know you’ll come out swinging. And friend, I’m rooting for you. Anything I can do to help?
I’ve been working full time in our business for almost 4 years now. #timeflieswhenyourehavingfun We have come a long way from when we opened the doors about 7 years ago - it was just Mike (and Oliver) and about 30 private training clients in 4,000 wide open square feet of gym. Today, we have a franchise business 2 locations with about 330 clients and 9 full-time employees. We have learned a lot along the way but we can clearly identify the one thing that has gotten us to where we are. Our mission has remained the same.
Our mission is to inspire people to enhance their lives by forming healthy habits they can sustain for a lifetime.
Every decision we have made in the last 7 years has been centered on pushing our mission forward. That’s not to say we have gotten everything perfect - we have certainly had miss-steps along the way but every decision we have made and will make is in alignment with our mission. And that friends, is our secret sauce.
Lots of Love,
Wilcox Wellness & Fitness
Hey hey - it's me - Paige Wilcox - and that is me at an organic spice farm in India getting cool oil spooned down my spine. [Let me tell you - in the 100-degree dry heat - that felt AMAZING.] I am obsessed with travel, adventure, and culture. It has always been my #lifegoal to be able to live and work in different countries.
I love the way travel opens you up to view the world in a different way and provides immense amounts of perspective. For the last 2 years, my husband and I have been working on our #lifegoals and planning a month-long live / work trip to Costa Rica with our 2 young kids - ages 4 & 1. We leave in 2.5 weeks - it is terrifying, exciting, and super epic. It’s going to be an amazing adventure!
I am originally from Rangeley - a super small, beautiful town in the western part of the great state of Maine. I come from a family of small business owners - my parents ran a convenience store when I was growing up and I always knew that I wanted to own and run my own business. Not for the typical reasons of ‘being my own boss’ but more for the lifestyle freedom that you can build when you own a business. Costa Rica will be our first experience in ‘working from anywhere’ - wish us luck!
Our clients are busy professionals who are looking to gain leverage in their lives through health and fitness. They are looking to feel better, have more energy, and radiate confidence so that they can do [and keyword: ENJOY] the things that they love doing. We really believe that health and fitness is a strategic leverage point to help you get anything else out of life that you want. Work on your health and fitness and a lot of other aspects of life - career, relationships, fulfillment - will start to fall into place for you.
I’d love to hear more about YOU! Tell me about your #lifegoals. What are you working on? What sets your soul on fire? Connect with us here, on Facebook.
I’ve been interested in healthy living ever since I could remember. I always loved the way that exercise and good food made my body feel and I had a low tolerance for feeling crummy due to poor nutrition and lack of exercise. I am embarrassed to admit that I used to be a bit intense about my food choices. That is not to say that I didn’t LOVE the occasional cake, ice cream, or pub food (still do!!). But when I was cooking at home, it was all organic or bust. 100% homemade - even down to our salad dressings and condiments. I would spend hours in the kitchen prepping our meals for the week. I loved the process.
📸That’s Brookie making ‘the face’. It’s her thing now that she is 13 months.
Then, I became a mother and blessedly, I have loosened up a bit. I no longer have the time [ore desire really] to source our ingredients from 4 different locations. I still LOVE eating and feeding my family healthy, fresh, nourishing meals. Now - I just would rather play with my little nuggets than spend my life in the kitchen.
I am in a phase now where I am finding a new balance. Taking shortcuts from the grocery store so there is more time with my kids and figuring out what tradeoffs I am good with making. Like, for example - did you know that you can get riced cauliflower in the freezer section now? AMAZEBALLS.
Anyway - I am happy to say that I have learned a lot along the way so if you have questions, leave them here an I will be more than happy to answer!
I am looking forward to connecting with you!
Recently I have been sharing myself more publicly. It’s certainly not comfortable but my goal is to connect with more people here in order to make more of an impact in this world… I am so happy that I made this shift.
I have always been a person that loves people - I guess that makes me a people person. I would rather as questions and get the other person talking than share my own stories. Growing up, my mother told me that I could get a turnup to talk.
This question asking approach works well in real life but it dosen't float as well on social media. I would post a question and... crickets...
I am opening up more on social media and enjoying the process and LOVING connecting with people on this platform on a deeper level. Recently, I shared this photo and caption.
Hey there - it's me, Paige. I’m a girl from Rangeley, Maine - I graduated high school with 18 people and I’ve been in the health and fitness business for almost 4 years. It feels weird to me to say that I am in the health and fitness business. I actually have a masters in business administration and never in a million years did I think that I would be in this world but I absolutely LOVE it!
In honor of Valentine’s Day, let’s make this month’s edition all about love! You ready? There’s no food I love more than my mother’s lasagna, no actor I love more than Will Farrell no vacation spot I love more than Costa Rica and no ice cream flavor I love more than Ben and Jerry’s New York Super Fudge Chunk. I am Enneagram Type Seven - the enthusiast: The Busy, Variety-Seeking Type: Spontaneous, Versatile, Acquisitive, and Scattered (eek!!)
I met the love of my life 13 years ago on a blind date and married him 5 years later. I definitely married up - Mike is my best friend and partner in all things and he knows the way to my heart is long talks of making plans for the future.
Read the full post here...
These are the connections that I made by opening up a little bit about myself:
You deserve to feel incredible. You deserve to absolutely love your life. You deserve to have the energy and motivation to ENJOY doing all of the things that you love to do.
You deserve to live your life without any limitations.
Our training programs are about one thing and one thing only. Empowering you to take control of your life. Empowering you to live the life you have always dreamed of. And empowering you to live your life to the very fullest.
ENERGY. CONFIDENCE. STAMINA.
? Worried about pricing? Don’t - Most of our clients train with us 3 times per week and pay just $39 per week. We also have training programs that calculate out to just $26 per week.
? Worried if you can make the time in your schedule? Don’t - we have training sessions that run all throughout the day 5:30am to 7pm.
? Worried about keeping up? Don’t - our training sessions are run by certified personal trainers who are there to modify the training session so you have the best experience possible.
Learn more by scheduling a quick no obligation phone call ? with us to see how we can help you achieve your health and fitness goals.
Wilcox Wellness & Fitness
We run our business a little differently than many in our industry. We require long term commitments to a training program to help our clients get long term results in a space where drop in training is the norm. We have a long(ish) and intensive(ish) onboarding process designed to set clients up for success and let them know what to expect along the way. We send a lot of emails that provide value around establishing a positive mindset and living your best life outside the gym. We dedicate time, energy, and resources to engage and connect with people on social media, meet them where they are and strive to add value. We have bazillions of free resources on our website to help get people started with healthy living in the privacy of their own home if they are not ready or they are too intimidated to join a gym just yet.
None of these things are revenue generating activities. But we are committed to continue to provide this value. We are about creating impact. Impact in our the lives of the people we serve. Impact in our communities. And impact for our our team. We are so proud of the business we’ve created, and we know that our tribe will always be on board with the way we choose to live out our values in the work that we do!
The video below is a montage of our WILCOX Trainer Promise - the values the out trainers commit to deliver on inside each and every training session.
We don't hire our trainers because they love fitness [they do] - but a lot of people in we hire them because they love people and they love helping people live their best life. And that makes an incredible community here at Wilcox Wellness & Fitness.
We would love the opportunity to welcome you to our community. We understand there’s a good chance you never considered joining a personal training program. We get it. It’s easily something that people think they don’t have the time for it or it is cost-prohibitive to work with a personal trainer. But - we designed our group training program just for you. We know you are busy and that your schedule is different week to week that is why we have training sessions that run all throughout the day 5:30am to 7pm. That is why you only need to register for training sessions an hour in advance [and take yourself off the roster with an hours notice - for times when you get pulled into a last minute meeting or your kid gets sent home sick from school.] That is why you don’t need to commit to any one training time slot - come to the sessions that work best for your schedule on a week by week basis.
And the pricing? It is important to us that you work with a trainer who will meet you where you are, coach you on proper form and technique, and care for you as an individual so that you get the best results possible. It is also important to us that you don’t pay a fortune for this service. Yes, we are more expensive than other traditional gyms. But we are not a traditional gym. We are a personal training business. Every time you train with us you are training with a full time certified personal trainer who is 100% dedicated to your success. Our trainers live, breathe, sleep, and obsessed over the client experience [your experience.] Most of our clients train with us 3 times per week and pay just $39 per week. We also have training programs that calculate out to just $26 per week.
We would love the opportunity to get to know you and help you gain energy, confidence, and stamina. You deserve to feel incredible. So, be honest… are you ready to try something new?
Schedule a quick call with us so that we can learn more about you, your goals, and what you are looking to get out of a training program.
We are so excited to chat with you!
Wilcox Wellness & Fitness