We had the good fortune of connecting with Molly McNamee and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Molly, how has your perspective on work-life balance evolved over time?
If 2020 has taught me anything, it is that there must be a balance between work and personal time. This year, I was forced to move my entire personal training business online. I now virtually meet with clients from my home. All of my workout videos are filmed in my living room. I’ve spent hours creating and perfecting my virtual gym platform from my couch. I used to go somewhere to work, and now my office and my home are one in the same. Because of this, it can be hard to “clock out” at the end of the day. I also work for myself. So, I don’t have a boss restricting my work hours. If I’m living in my office, I may as well work all the time, right? No! After a month of living this way, I decided to give myself work hours. Outside of those hours I am supposed to turn my work brain off. To be expected, my work hours sometimes flow into my personal time. However, for the most part, this strategy has worked for me. I call my mom or watch a TV show on my “lunch break” to ensure I don’t get distracted by work emails. At the end of my work day I do something for myself. If you’ve also struggled to find the work life balance, I highly recommend trying this!
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I work in fitness. I have taught at several gyms and fitness studios in the past. Now I work for myself and have created a virtual gym. I sell home workout plans, stream group classes and do one-on-one virtual sessions. In my career, I’ve worked with individuals of all ages and fitness levels. I’ve studied many types of fitness and physical therapy techniques. With those studies, I have really learned how to give my clients safe and effective workouts. My workouts are the perfect blend of high intensity and low impact. They will give you results while still being joint friendly and easy to follow. I’ve had many struggles in my career. The biggest struggle so far has certainly been 2020 and how it has affected how my job works. As I am now only able to work with people virtually, I’ve been forced to get creative with the workouts I share. This obstacle has actually made me an even better trainer. I know how to give my clients really good home workouts now. I am constantly thinking of new exercises and drills so that my students do not get bored.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
My favorite hidden spot in Los Angeles is The Huntington Library. It is my happy place. I love exploring the gardens and walking through the museum, when it is open. Another favorite spot of mine is The Thirsty Merchant in Valley Village. It is a good place to grab a drink and watch a game.
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?
My shoutout absolutely goes to my parents! Without their financial and emotional support during the beginning of my career in fitness, I would not be where I am today. They are my biggest cheerleaders, and I love them so much for it.
All of the photos are by me or clients that wish to be left anonymous