We had the good fortune of connecting with Heather Thomas and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Heather, what habits do you feel helped you succeed?
Over my lifetime, I’ve always been in search of different tools and tactics to help me succeed. For me, success as HT Physique, PHYT Pro and owner of the PHYT brand, ultimately comes from having productive days where I feel as though I’ve got a lot done, efficiently. Being an independent contractor in the health and wellness/influencer industry means I’m doing a lot of different things. A typical day for me includes training clients via zoom, working on training programs, and meeting with other business owners, and content producing. Most of these “to dos” are self induced, meaning there is no other party involved. This makes getting work done difficult because there is no “set schedule” to follow. No boss to look over my shoulder and hold me accountable….It’s just me and the computer. So you can imagine, getting into good habits that promote productivity and efficiency are a must! I understand that I am a PHYTness Professional, not a business manager, so I know that I need help in this life organization department. So I hopped on Apple podcasts and started doing research on how to organize and plan my day. Here are the top 3 HTIPZ that helped me the most. 1. Making my bed. This is something I’ve struggled with my entire life, but it’s so beneficial. It’s a signal to my brain that the day has begun, sleeping time is over, and that it’s time to get going! 2. Six Hour Days – a concept I got from Ed Mylett. I divide my day into 6 hour days. My first “day” is 6am-12pm. My second day is 12pm-6pm, and my third day is 6pm-12a. This is so I can easily separate tasks and projects into different sections of the day. I find that I get a lot more work done if I can focus on working hard for a smaller window of time. 3. Set Alarms throughout the day. I’ll set a 30 min alarm in order to work on particular task. When it goes off, I either repeat the alarm, if I feel like I’m on roll, or I move onto the next project. This helps keep my brain fresh and present. This is great, because as a PHYTness professional, I am always working on multiple projects! This way, I can make progress on all of them every day. These are my top three of the habits that I’ve found I produce the best quality work under and help me win the day.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about. As a PHYTness professional it’s hard to stand out – there’s so many personal trainers and fitness program creators. But the one thing I hear from my clients over and over again is, “I feel it!” It seems they, and many other women, have been working out for years, doing someone’s “follow along” workout, and never actually feeling the correct muscles activate. Never being sore where they should be, and not really seeing real progress. So needless to say, my background in ballet and acute understanding of proper form and alignment has allowed me to help other women actually “feel it.” I’m able to help women build the body they’ve always wanted, one rep at a time. How did you get to where you are today professionally. Was it easy? About a year and a half ago I quit my corporate job and dove head first into becoming a PHYTness professional. I had no idea what my pathway would be, but I had a vision of what I wanted to create, so I simply started. I directed all my energy and interactions towards making that vision come true. It wasn’t easy, it’s still not. It will never get easy- and I don’t want it to! You see, nothing worth having is easy. So bring it on! If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. Overcoming challenges is a daily occurrence as a small business owner. I’m constantly running into issues simply because when you own your own business, you wear many hats. From marketing director, to back end manager, to social media producer. Navigating all of these areas presents a variety of challenges, but I find the way that I overcome them is simply by talking it out with others. I will talk to several people in my circle, some professional, some personal, and go over different scenarios. I like to hear others’ points of view. It keeps me grounded and ensures I think critically to solve my problems. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story? Oh! But there is so much! First and foremost I want everyone to know that I, HT Physique, owner of the PHYT Brand and creator of The PHYT Gym, vow to always bring positivity, value, and light to your life however I can. I would love to get to know you and connect with you more deeply. So let’s do it! Shoot me a DM at @ht_physique!
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I love entertaining and showing people hidden gems in the LA area so this would be great! Day 1, we would keep it low key. After picking up my bff from LAX, we would get our first meal at the In N Out and either eat there as the planes fly overhead, or we’d head to a nearby beach, Playa del Rey, where we can park easily and head down to the beach. After that we’d head back to my area and pick up a bottle of wine. I’d prep dinner that night and we’d catch up over a glass or two! Day 2 we would start our day with a full body workout in my gym, The PHYT Gym. After that, I’d cook up my favorite breakfast, the Crunk Scramble, as I call it. After that, we’d get ready for an outdoor shopping day in Santa Monica, grabbing lunch at a local restaurant, and finishing the day at the Santa Monica Promenade with carnival style rides and a funnel cake! Day 3 we keep with our morning workout, but this time we’d head to Runyon Canyon, get some excellent steady state cardio, and of course dog watch. From there we’d head to brunch at Saddle Ranch where we’d have a blast eating and trying out riding the bull! Day 4 would be a chill day. We’d sleep in, eat breakfast leisurely, and then head to one of the beautiful outlook points up the PCH toward the Pacific Palisades. From there we’d hit up El Matador beach and have a mini photoshoot there. We’d head back to my side of town and pick up dinner from Monty’s Chicken and Waffles and dessert from THE BEST cookie spot in LA, Brady’s Bakery. After that, we’d call it a night, and head back to my place for a Netflix and Chill kind of night! Day 5 would be a day trip to the OC. We’d hit up Big Corona in Newport, where we can window shop for houses, picnic on the beach, and enjoy the different vibe! Day 6 I’d be sure to get over to Kenneth Hahn, a state park that is massive, beautiful and hidden. It has several walking trails, a runners’ circle, and a mini waterfall. A perfect place to have a picnic and a quick bodyweight workout! On the way back, we’d stop by downtown Leimert Park, dance the night away and explore the local shops! Day 7 would be a tour of Beverly Hills. We’d head first to the Grove where we’d pick up coffee and a snack from the Farmer’s Market. Hopefully there would be some outdoor music there that we’d get to enjoy. From there, we’d head to Will Rogers Memorial Park – a gorgeous park with a body of water that’s home to turtles and lots of large coy fish. We’d take pictures in front of the “Beverly Hills” sign and head to Rodeo Drive for more window shopping and mini photoshoots. We’d be sure to grab a meal at Fogo de Chow and end the night with a drink at a nearby bar. That would be my tour of the city!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
Wow, a shoutout?! I have so many people that I’d like to shoutout, but I’ll keep to a minimum. Shoutout to my mom, who was with me 100% when I broke the news of me quitting my corporate job and going full time as a PHYTness professional. Shoutout to Alejandra H! She’s given me insight to so many tools that have made HT Physique possible. Double shoutout to Alejandra because she introduced me to another Alejandra!! Alejandra Calvente, part owner of the I AM Agency. She has introduced me to so many wonderful people and opportunities, including this one! Thank you Shoutout LA
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