We had the good fortune of connecting with Morgan Rees and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Morgan, putting aside the decision to work for yourself, what other decisions were critical to your success?
I came to discover that I needed to live my passion; helping others. I have always been driven by providing a healthy and supportive space for others. Our body is all we have at the end of the day and it should be treated as such. There are other things I’m sure I could be successful doing, but I knew that in order to enjoy and truly strive in my career I would need to pick something that derived from passion. I am fortunate that my passion allows for steady income and a life that I enjoy living day in and day out. I have NEVER woken up wishing I had chosen another career. This is why I believe I am successful in my career. I absolutely adore my clients and I love what I do. There are so many different avenues to pursue fitness and I have followed more than one path at a time.
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.
Although I have reached a place in my career that may take some several years (I have done this in under 3 years), I would not say that it was easy but I also wouldn’t say it was extremely difficult. After graduating college with a bachelors in kinesiology and exercise science I moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in personal training. I was offered a job at a private facility as my first personal training position and stayed there for 10 months. I figured out pretty quickly that I don’t work well as a trainer underneath management. I have a unique way that I work with my clients and I am not there to meet quotas every month for a gym. I am there to help people to the best of my ability and help guide them to a healthier place in their lives. Once I was independent most of my clients came with me and we began the journey together of starting my own business. It was definitely difficult for me to manage all of my clients and payments myself as there was no other system in place other than well- me. If there was a double booking or missed session then it was my responsibility alone. I have always been extremely open with my clients on the way I manage my business and made trust a priority between us. I do believe that if you are passionate and good at what you do then the business will come. I am fortunate to have never struggled to retain clients, but being a trainer doesn’t always offer a steady income. Saving money along the way and preparing for slower months is extremely important. My story is that of a lot of compassion towards humans and the world. I love humanity and am appreciative to experience the ups and downs of life. My brand is that of living a mentally emotionally and physically healthier life with one’s relation to their body. Size and aesthetic appearance is not always a determining factor of one’s level of health. I train mostly women but was brought up on bodybuilding in my earlier workout years. I train the body but also the mind. There is a mental connection between the mind and body that I aim to bring together throughout their training program.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
I love the Santa Monica pier to walk around on with others. It’s always beautiful and scenic with plenty of shopping areas and tourist attractions. The best foods in my opinion are in the West Hollywood area. Restaurants like Toast, Fratelli Cafe, and Blue Jam Cafe are delicious breakfast spots. Melrose from Beverly Hills to West Hollywood has great shopping that I love to explore. Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills has plenty of attractions to see whether you buy anything or not! Delilah, Laurel Hardware, Ysabel, and The Nice Guy are great dinner places to try out of various cuisines. I absolutely love going to comedy shows at Supernova, The Laugh Factory, and Hollywood Improv.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I want to dedicate this story to my mom and my dad. My parents raised me with the idea that once you find your passion you can find a way to make a living and succeed doing so.
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