We had the good fortune of connecting with Lindsay Wandzilak and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Lindsay, maybe we can start at the very start – the idea – how did you come up with the idea for your business?
I had worked in group fitness for a while, and once I left that space, there were some take-aways that I really wanted to keep as part of my life and business: I loved working with people as they pursued the best version of themselves. As much as the time in a class or studio was important, I felt like the other 23 hours of the day were being overlooked. I wanted to create a business that addressed the whole picture of health. I saw a need in the market for something that could touch on all of the facets of being “healthy”: movement, nutrition, community, consistency and joy! The Daily is an accountability program, where we focus on movement and nutrition, in a positive and supportive setting. We pair clients with coaches, and our coaches create workout calendars and detailed meal plans, personalized to and for their clients. We have an outstanding community of Daily clients who have come to know and love each other!
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I’ve always been in fitness. I started playing and loving sports at a young age, and ran cross country and track in college at the University of Southern California. I knew I wanted to work in that realm, but couldn’t really envision what I wanted. Teaching fitness classes allowed me to realize what I enjoyed and disliked about the industry, and has helped to shape what The Daily is. I would say that the road to where I am today, professionally, was an exciting and challenging one. It was hard leaving the big name fitness brand behind to start “my little thing”. It was confusing trying to figure out what I was good at, and then, if it brought me joy, and then, if I could really make a business out of that. I’d say I overcame those challenges simply because I created something I believe(d) in entirely, and then, I decided to commit. I feel that just because something is hard is not a good enough reason to stop, or quit, or slow down. I think there is something to be said for finding out how great you can be, and working through adversity. In regards to lessons learned along the way: 1) if you’re the smartest person in the room, you are in the wrong room. 2) to be a great leader, listen more, talk less. 3) invest in people and what they care about!
I hope the world knows that The Daily is a lifestyle. It’s not a quick fix or 30 day reset. We build new habits and then reinforce those, every single day. Our coaches act like a 24/7 concierge service: we text each morning, we advise on menu selections, we guide through workouts, and we are always there for our clients.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Oooo Manhattan Beach is such a great place for a friend to visit! Okay, Friday afternoon. We would walk to downtown Manhattan Beach, shop at the Beehive in the MetLox and head to Nick’s for dinner. They have the best skinny spicy margarita! After dinner, we can cruise down to the pier and watch the sunset. I’d suggest walking up early Saturday morning for a long run. We would take my favorite route: from my house, down to the strand, through Manhattan, past Hermosa and into Redondo, then loop back. You’d see dolphins, beautiful beach houses, professional beach volley players, and kids racing on their scooters. After our 12 miler, we’d take the golf cart to get an almond milk vanilla latte from The Boy and The Bear and hit the beach. The weather is a perfect 78 and waves are so inviting. I’d love a late lunch at El Sombrero, back home to shower and get ready for church at American Martyrs. After mass, we could grab sushi from Izakaya and sit in the backyard chatting by the fire. For Sunday, we would take a long bike ride along the beach and enjoy breakfast burritos from Brothers burritos. We’d spend the day on the sand, and BBQ back at my house with the best produce from Grow Market. The week in MB allows for local shopping, lots of walking, kid-activities, and good clean fun! My favorite thing about Manhattan Beach is that it is so family friendly. People are very down-to-earth, active and want to have a good time!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Major shoutout to my family! It’s probably a common answer to this question, but I feel like my family has shaped my entrepreneurial drive and my commitment to health and encouraged me to take chances, in starting a my own business. My parents established their own home interior design center the year I was born, and always joke that my dad came home one night saying he had just gotten fired as my mom told him she was pregnant with their third child. They taught my siblings and I that anything is possible as long as you are willing to work hard. My husband and kids also deserve recognition here – they each inspire me to be my best self. I want to make my husband proud and set an example for my kids!
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