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

Hi Michelle, is there a quote or affirmation that’s meaningful to you?
My husband has been the greatest foundation of my journey and the one person who believed in me & developed me to be successful in business. A favorite mantra of his is “seek discomfort”. At first, this didn’t sit well with me because culture portrays being successful and earning money as the ultimate goal which provides comfort. It took a lot of failure and trial & error until I realized that comfort was breeding familiarity and stagnation in my own life, businesses, and marriage. Turning to discomfort has grown opportunity, spurred growth, and enriched our minds and lives. It is not easy (or comfortable) to seek discomfort daily, but it is always worth it. Seeking discomfort can be as simple as taking a daily routine, like making coffee, and doing it slightly different every day or it can be pushing through consistent 16 hr work days, day after day, for weeks on end. In each of these examples, the most important lesson is that you are breaking out of the normal mold of every day life with a goal in mind – expanding your palette of experience and gaining understanding that only few have. 

Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
I currently run 3 businesses but I will start by talking about Summit Sports & Fitness, which is the foundation for our other two businesses. Summit Sports & Fitness is a boutique personal training studio based in Covina, Ca. We have been in business for 8 1/2 years, and our focus is on providing first-class fitness training. Our city is very saturated with gyms & fitness centers but we feel the experience and dedication we bring to our clients and training has brought exactly who we are meant to help to our doors. We have met some amazing people over the years and it is an honor to be able to serve our community. Summit Fitness was originally started by my husband and another partner & has been the foundation by complete immersion of my development in business. Growing up, I trained for 10 years in a Martial Art called Kuk Sool Won™. This training developed a mindset of resilience & mental fortitude and taught me many life lessons for success. In 2015, I realized that Summit Sports & Fitness would be the perfect home for a Kuk Sool Won™ program and in 2018, with the help of my partner Christa Wilson & official permission from the Grand Master and World Kuk Sool Won Association, that dream became a reality at Summit. Kuk Sool Won™ Martial Arts & Fitness in Covina is a special program that I hold dear to my heart and I feel truly blessed by the community we have developed and the students we have the honor of teaching in our program. My 3rd business is an apparel printing business that I run out of our Summit Fitness location called Concentric Apparel that was started in late 2019. I focus solely on DTG (direct to garment) printing & print T-shirts, Sweatshirts, and other merchandise for our businesses as well as other clothings lines & fulfillment for local shops that do not have DTG technology in house. By branching out and getting into a product based industry, we afforded ourselves a life-line during the Covid-19 pandemic, which severely limited the operation capacity of Summit & Kuk Sool Won™. We are looking forward to continued growth with Concentric Apparel in 2021.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
My husband and I love visiting Via Verde & Bonelli parks to hike, walk, ride bikes, and take our Frenchie, Abby, on adventures. When we venture out of town, its mostly to beach cities like Newport & Laguna and we also enjoy indoor rock climbing. A couple of our favorite indoor rock climbing gyms are Aesthetic Climbing Gym in Lake Forest and Sender One in Santa Ana.

Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I’d like to thank my husband for his steadfast patience and understanding & for bestowing his 30+ years of business and life experiences with me. There is no one else I’d rather be on this journey with and together, there is nothing we can’t achieve!

Website: www.summitsportsandfitness.com. www.sgvmartialarts.com. www.concentricapparel.com.
Instagram: @summit_fitness @kswcovina @concentricapparel
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/concentricapparel https://www.facebook.com/summitfitnesscovina/ https://www.facebook.com/sgvmartialarts
Yelp: https://www.yelp.com/biz/summit-fitness-covina?osq=summit+fitness https://www.yelp.com/biz/kuk-sool-won-martial-arts-and-fitness-covina?osq=kuk+sool+won
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCB3al2JobIYulkWWvEvrxrg

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