This instructor feature is of Marlie from Kale_and_Krunches. I met her via my last job and am so thankful to have connected with her! She is based in Toronto and recently quit her full-time job in real estate as a director of leasing for over 7 years to pursue a career in fitness! She sends a special thanks to her husband who helped her work up the courage to jump into her passion full-time! And of course to her parents who are her role models–she worked for her dad for 7 years and his passion and drive is contagious while her mom is the most hard-working but humble woman she knows.
How did she know this was the right path for her? She knew she wasn’t happy with a “desk job”. She hated sitting all day and didn’t love the corporate environment. She found her passion when her favorite part of her day was her 6 am workout. She started her transition by teaching spin classes part time. Her end goal was to teach full-time and also start a personal training and health coach practice. She is teaching at SpinCo in Toronto and you can stay tuned about her services by checking in to her website! She also has some tasty recipes like veggie burgers–so head there for some foodspiration!
I have been to Toronto once but am hoping to head back. I asked Marlie what the most popular fitness classes/workouts were and she Spinning and then bootcamp classes (both classes that I love). Marlie also mentioned that Toronto is very multicultural – each neighbourhood has you feeling like you’re in a different city or even country. They have a massive Chinatown, little Italy, little Portugal, little India, the list goes on.
Want to learn more about Marlie? Read on!
What advice would you give someone who wants to become a fitness instructor but has no experience? How did you find your SpinCo?
Find the type of class you love and go as often as you can. And then audition – just go for it! I had no experience teaching before my first audition. You have to start somewhere. I found SpinCo through my best friend. She walked by and saw a new studio was opening. I checked them out on Instagram and immediately fell in love with their vibes.
What tips would you give to an up and coming instagrammer?
Be authentic. People will follow you if they connect with you.
What are your three go to dinner recipes? Snacks?
I’m not so great at making recipes. I like to meal prep at the beginning of the week and then throw together a big bowl of everything in the fridge for lunch and dinner. It usually looks like salmon or chicken, sweet potatoes, quinoa and broccoli. It’s boring but easy!
Do you prefer coffee or tea? How do you take it?
Ginger tea with lemon and honey.
What are three things about you that very few people know?
1. I am scared of everything – bugs, heights, blood, you name it.
2. I have 3 sisters
3. Although I’m from Canada, I’ve never tried skiing or snowboarding
How did you discover Spinco and why did you want to teach there?
My best friend walked by and saw a new studio was opening. I checked them out on Instagram and immediately fell in love with their vibes.
What are your guilty pleasures?
Oreos and Keeping Up With The Kardashians
What are three songs you can always depend on to get you in a good mood?
Rihanna – We Found Love
Kings of Leon – Fans
And anything by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros
Where is one place you haven’t traveled yet that you really want to go to? Why?
If you were stranded on an island–what 3 things would you bring with you?
What is one of your favorite quotes or mantras and why?
If you risk nothing, you risk everything. I repeated this to myself every day until I quit. I did not want to regret never trying to pursue my passion. I knew it would hurt more than failing.