We had the good fortune of connecting with Mel McGuire and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Mel, what is the most important factor behind your success?
I believe consistency has been the most important component of my success. Whether I’m keeping myself fit or showing up for others I always bring my best self in the moment. I’m consistently on time, consistently honest, and consistently responsive. There have been times where I’ve considered giving up, or taking a break, but I know I’d just be letting myself down in the long run. I also believe in being consistently kind and compassionate, having a positive outlook towards others’ success has always been a key in my brand. I truly love teaching people how to exercise and find motivation to meet the challenge.

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’m a self employed personal trainer and group fitness instructor and I’m also a newly published fitness author. I started out like most trainers do, working for a big gym where I worked floor hours and was giving one on one clients. When I began I would work at the gym early in the morning and in the afternoon I started to acquire private clients that I met through my personal network and I would go to their homes. When my afternoon client load started to get saturated, I decided it was time to go out on my own. It took a few years to feel stable being independently employed. You can only take on so many one on one clients, especially if you’re traveling. And people do come and go, based on goals, finances, other life circumstances. But after a few years I always seemed to have enough new people to be very busy. Almost too busy and I was getting tired. Then I left NYC and moved to the burbs and started to build out a beautiful studio gym in my basement. COVID hit and I realized that a virtual studio was the way to go. I started offering classes a few days a week and I’ve built up a really warm and safe on-line community. I’m so proud that in such a tough time I was able to bring people together to work out under any circumstance and feel in control of the fitness aspect of their life. Nothing about working in fitness is easy. It’s competitive and it’s misunderstood and making your own hours takes years to figure out.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Oh! It’s been so long since I lived in the city. In Stamford, Connecticut I can tell you all the hot spots to go with an infant and a 1 year old. I lived in Manhattan before Covid and I know a lot has change. During the day I would make sure to explore Central Park and go to The Metropolitan Museum of Art, they have a rooftop bar too! In the evening I would go downtown to Astor Place and Washington Square Park. I confess to loving upscale and trendy dining, so I’d look for something on the Bowery, near Houston Street and for entertainment, a show at the Public Theater or a cabaret at Joe’s Pub. The financial district, Battery Park and South Street Seaport have a lot of walk through history worth exploring. Walk Everywhere, that’s what New York is best for.

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?
I’ve always pursued creative and theatrical projects my whole life. So many performance artists don’t make their art to make their living, yet we take each new show like it’s a job we are being paid top dollar for, giving it our all. The indie theater folk in downtown Manhattan and Brooklyn, NYC have taught me more about making magic with and for nothing for the last 20 years. So, my story goes out to all the Off-Off-Off Broadway creators that I’ve worked with.

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Harrison Knowles, Steven Emerick, Linus Gelber, Carrie Davis

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