One of our major goals, when we opened Wilcox Wellness & Fitness, was to provide a place for trainers to be able to grow and develop careers that they felt really good about. Where they could do the job that they love, make a really incredible impact, and also have a life.
With our Innovate for Maine Fellow, we made this recruitment video to explain how being a trainer at Wilcox Wellness & Fitness is different. And it gives me the chills.
Hearing Katie explain in her words what she loves about her job is exactly the vision that Mike and I had from the very start. It took us a while to get here but I am so excited to be on this path with these people in these communities making this impact.
We are so thankful for our community, for our team, and for the ability to positively impact so many lives. Thank you for your support, for your encouragement, and for believing in us.
Lots of Love,
Paige & Mike Wilcox
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Mike and I just went LIVE on Facebook to share the story of our business and how we met, more compelling evidence to help you make health and fitness your competitive advantage, AND we shared 5 SUPER simple strategies to make it happen.
In this video that we recorded LIVE, we:
#1: Share our story with you
#2: Convince you that health and fitness can be your competitive advantage
#3: Give you 5 SUPER simple strategies to commit to healthy living.
Hope you LOVE it! Please let us know in the comments here or on Facebook if you have any questions at all.
Paige & Mike Wilcox
WANT MORE OF THIS? Be sure to connect with us on Social Media. We post daily on both Facebook and Instagram for motivation, inspiration, and helpful tips, tricks, and strategies for healthy living. You can join our private facebook group to go even deeper with us or book a call to see how you can get started training with us in person. We can’t wait to connect with you and support you along your journey with healthy living!
Hello! Nice to meet you! In case you are new here, we are a personal training business with locations in Bangor and Brunswick, Maine. We franchised our business last year and are excited to add more locations (hopefully) near you soon! We offer private and group personal training with processes and systems that are designed to set our clients up for success.
We are OBSESSED with the client experience and we have thought through every step of the journey. We know that the prospect of joining a new gym or training program can be intimidating, nerve-wracking, ______ you fill in the blank if you have been outside a training program for a very long time or have never trained before in your life. And we have addressed all of those worries and concerns through our onboarding process that is designed to set you up for success, let you know what to expect every step of the way, and help you feel really confident and comfortable as you are getting started with us.
We hope to have the opportunity to help you acheive your health and fitness goals.
Lots of Love!
Wilcox Wellness & Fitness
WANT MORE OF THIS? Be sure to connect with us on Social Media. We post daily on both Facebook and Instagram for motivation, inspiration, and helpful tips tricks and strategies for healthy living. You can join our private facebook group to go even deeper with us or book a call to see how you can get started training with us in person. We can't wait to connect with you and support you along your journey with healthy living.
Community is central to everything that we do at WILCOX. It is baked into our culture. It is rooted in our core values.
Community is EVERYTHING.
We want WILCOX to be your home away from home. We want you to feel like family. We are all in this together.
After I had my second baby, I was feeling very weak in my core. And this was impacting a lot of things - my posture, I was getting back and neck pain, and you know… peeing my pants when I did things like jumped, laughed, sneezed.. #stillworkingonthatone
So I asked our trainer team to come up with some exercises to help me build a stronger core. And the information was GOLD. It worked like magic! So we put it into a resource guide so you can enjoy it too!
This guide will help you become stronger from the inside out. It will show you how to improve your posture, protect your back and neck, and gain core strength in and outside your training sessions.
And it is 100% FREE - our gift to you! ENJOY!
Download your guide for FREE here! ENJOY! <3 Paige
I’ll never forget the moment I decided to go for it and join this business full time. Mike and I had been at a business conference in Orlando and he was laying it on thick. Our goal all along was for me to join the business once we had been in operation for 5 years… because you know… most businesses fail in the first 5 years.
If I was going to leave a corporate job that I loved - I wanted to know that it was the real deal. Don’t get me wrong - it was always my dream to own my own business - it was always my dream to make a positive impact. I just didn’t feel ready - 3 years in. I can see the street we were crossing, I can see the crosswalk, I can feel the breeze on my face and I remember the inflection in Mike’s voice with the words that changed my life…
“If not now, when?”
These words changed my life. Those words were the push I needed to shift my mindset and just go for it. I made the decision - we went for it - and I never looked back.
And now... I am living my dream life. Our business supports others in living their best life possible. Our business empowers other entrepreneurs to create a positive impact in their local community. And - I get to do it all with my very best friend from anywhere in the world. Like today - we are working, writing, and creating content out at our camp.
I am so very thankful that I took the leap when I did. It was probably the scariest and most difficult leap of my life - but nothing in life that is worth doing is easy.
Can you remember an exact moment from your past that completely changed the direction of your life? Or - is there a decision you are waiting to make? Can I push you to take the leap?
Let's chat! Schedule a call here!
Lots of love,
A lot of people wanted to know what a typical day was like for us. It is difficult to describe that because we quickly learned that our family did best when we were ‘adventuring’. ‘Adventuring’ meant finding a new beach, or exploring a new town, or driving in the jungle, or visiting an animal refuge, or just trying something new. But one thing I did every day was get up at 5am to get a little bit of work done before the kids woke up. Our rental was tiny - so that meant working outside on the patio just before dawn. It was so loud! We could hear howler monkeys, cows, birds, and the really loud grasshoppers (I think they are called cicadas). There were ‘condo cats’ - community cats that everyone fed but nobody owned who would keep me company while I worked.
We had to get out of the sun from 11-3pm. It. Was. So. Hot. So hot you would feel your body slow down to compensate for dealing with the heat. During this time, we would either let the kids sleep or drive somewhere for our afternoon adventure. We had a really great pool at the place that we stayed and the kids LOVED swimming in it. It is really impressive to see how much confidence they gained swimming. Mike put Hazen’s life jacket on Brooklyn as a joke once and she LOVED it - seconds later she was peeling my death grip off her so she could swim on her own and the next day she was jumping off the side of the pool and holding her breath underwater. CRAZY.
The sunsets in Costa Rica were absolutely spectacular but we didn’t see many. The sun would drop right around 6 which was when we were in the hustle to get cleaned up from the day, have dinner and get to bed. Bedtime in Costa Rica was a breeze. The kids were e x a u s t e d and were so excited (just like we were) to get in their bed at night. I wish we could have brought a little bit of that home.
My most favorite day was when we went into the rain forest in the Monteverde area. It was so beautiful. It was a lot cooler - a great break from the heat we were experiencing - and I think I just love hiking. We walked across canopy bridges high in the air, stood on the continental divide where we could see the Pacific Ocean and the Atlantic Ocean, listened to the birds, and looked for monkeys. We didn’t see any- I am pretty sure that Hazen cleared out all wildlife within a 4 mile radius of us.
One challenge we faced was the language barrier. We did our best with language and I think next time we travel we will work hard to be even more prepared. When we went to Costa Rica 2 years ago it was for a weeks vacation - and vacation for a week is much different than making a far away land your home for over a month. The kids did much better than us with language and Brooklyn came home with more words in Spanish than English just because she was in the sweet spot of learning new words. Hazen was fearless with his language skills. He would shout ‘Hola Amigos’ (hello friend) to anyone passing by; ‘Gracias’ (thank you) in not always the right circumstances; ‘con gusto’ (with pleasure / your welcome) in even stranger circumstances; and ‘Adios Muchachos’ because it rhymes (bye dude) - we had to look up Muchachos and make sure it wasn’t anything derogatory. Hazen also practiced repeating a string of sounds back to people which was incredibly entertaining for everyone involved. So - someone would say a sentence or two to Hazen in spanish and Hazen would parrot the same sounds back to that person, I am sure in his very Maine, very American accent. It was so fun to see the kids embrace learning the new language with such ease, curiosity, and fearlessness. It gave us more confidence to experiment and try our Spanish/French linguistic skills without being afraid of getting it wrong or embarrassing ourselves.
So that's the back story.
Then at 4:15am there is a rap rap rap rap rap rap rap on our door. Mike leaps out of bed says ‘stay here’ and I of course was hot on his heels. It is the youngest security guard from the gate and he is getting increasingly panicked that we don’t understand what he is trying to communicate to us. The incredible game of Costa Rican charades begins with him gesturing to the mountains and making flame like motions, then he starts motioning a key, car, steering wheel. OK - got it muchachos - forest fire, evaluate, leave in your car. Si.
The guard goes and knocks on our neighbors door...
What to grab for an evacuation in Costa Rica? Passports, water, elephant blanket, computers, who knows - we stuff a few things into an already packed bag. I wake Hazen up and say: ‘Honey, there is a fire, we are being evacuated, you need to wake up and walk’ and I get the baby out of her crib.
The fear hit me when we were walking down the long path to our car and I hear the bomberos (the Costa Rican fire truck siren). I know there is one road in and out. I know we have the option to either go right to the jungle on the bumpy monkey trail or left to wind around the coast line. I know that we aren’t going to have a team of emergency personnel telling us calmly and in English where to go and what to do. I know this is it. We are on our own. At least we have elephant blanket.
Just as we get to the end of the path we see Roberta, our host of Italian nationality. ‘Buongiorno!!!’ she calls to us - walking towards us slower than she should in an forest fire / evacuation situation. After a few Italian niceties she explains to us that we are not being evacuated we just need to move our rental car. There is a truck in full flames of fire and it is right next to our rental car.
Welp… that was a bit of a misunderstanding - sorry kids - wanna go to the waterslide park? What time do you think they open?
Thank goodness that was the only "emergency" we faced on our trip!
But you know what - I was better than fine and it was absolutely great. Being with our family 24/7 was actually the very best part of the entire experience. I don’t know how to describe it - everyone just did what they were supposed to do. There was no asking the 4almost5yearold to get dressed or brush his teeth 10,000 times - he just did it. Don’t get me wrong, we certainly had our moments but having the kids, knowing what was going on with them start to finish, was SO. MUCH. EASIER. than all of the transitioning and hustle associated with living and working in America.
I am happy to say while aspects of this trip challenged us, it also made us stronger and closer. Travel always give us an incredible sense of perspective and this trip certainly achieved that for me. But more than that, I think it gave our son an incredible sense of perspective as well. I love how he was able to see that we are just a very very small part of a really big and beautiful world, that we are so lucky to live in one of the greatest countries in the world, and that there are all kinds of different people living all kinds of different lifestyles. Being away also taught us to live with and enjoy living with a lot less.
I think we have come together much closer as a family unit. Living in 433 square feet (that’s probably an exaggeration - I have no idea how big our condo was) will do that for you. I have a lot more trust in the children’s ability to listen to me and follow instruction when (read: only when) absolutely necessary. I have gained a lot of confidence in being a Mother.
Since we have been back it was an adjustment getting into the swing of a daily routine and it felt exciting to dive back into work and come into the gym and see all of our clients smiling faces! One questions every asked me was "Are you planning on doing this again?" And my answer is always "Absolutely - 100%." Our goal is to have one big family adventure per year. Mike and I haven’t figured it out 2020 yet but we are thinking that it may involve an RV and lots of national parks!
We love Costa Rica but we really want to explore the world so we will definitely try a different location. Now taking recommendations!! Leave your travel choices in the comments!!
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