Sharing Strong Women: Dawn Scott

I am back today sharing another strong woman with you guys: Dawn Scott! Dawn is a business partner and motivator at CycleYou Lexington, co-owner of three Lexington restaurants, and a wife and mom of three kids. Needless to say, she has a lot going on, but is such an incredible example of prioritizing health and fitness in your busy lifestyle. I'm so proud to know her and am so grateful that she took the time to share her health and fitness journey on the blog today.

Share a little bit about your health and fitness journey and how you got started.

I have always loved fitness and group fitness classes. I love the energy of great music and a room full of people encouraging each other and working together as a team to be healthy. I always had a gym membership but found myself only using the group fitness classes and not really any other parts of the gym. As indoor cycling classes became more and more popular, I found myself having to get to the gym an hour early just to save my bike or spot in class and this was just way too time consuming and inconvenient. I occasionally took classes at Pure Barre and I loved the ability to save my spot ahead of time and to be able to take a class in a smaller and more intimate environment. I loved the "boutique feel" of smaller studios, but enjoyed a variety of workouts including cycling, kickboxing, barre, and strength training, so I began to research how I could bring a small studio to Lexington that offered a variety of workouts to keep you challenged in a small group and personable setting and also have the convenience to reserve your spot in class online. This led me to taking a leap of faith and I opened FIT in 2012 on Romany Road.

One of the main focuses of my blog is finding the balance between fit and fun. What is your fitness routine and how are you able to maintain a healthy lifestyle while still enjoying life and having fun?

I am a big believer that fitness has to be fun !!! That's why I'm a big group fitness fan. To me, it's all about creating a total body workout so that each workout gives you a cardio and strength component, so you're not stressing over how many days a week you do cardio versus strength training. I'm also a big fan of changing things up and doing something different so that you never get bored. In a week, I do TRX, cycling, barre, and a fusion strength training class and I never get bored. I think a great way to keep fitness fun is to have the right music to create energy, good vibes, and sometimes working out to the beat of the music. Music can absolutely make or break a good workout in my opinion :)
I think finding a balance between fitness and fun means finding a type of exercise that you actually enjoy. If you hate swimming, then obviously going to the YMCA to swim laps is not something that you're going to look forward to or make time for. There are so many ways to be active and if you just try a variety of things, you will find something that clicks for you and it will become enjoyable and something you actually look forward to.

I know you previously had another career. How did you decide to make that switch and what are some of the challenges you faced in the transition and how you overcame them?

I was a pharmaceutical rep for 17 years before making the shift to owning my own fitness studio. Towards the end of my career as a rep, I was not very happy and did not enjoy my job. I would dread going to work, I didn't feel a sense of purpose and was just going through the motions. I was about to turn 40 and I told myself one day that life is just too short to be miserable and that I wanted my footprint on this earth to be more impactful. With the support of my husband, my family and friends, I took the big leap of faith opening my own studio. It was scary, challenging, eye opening, and way harder than I ever imagined !!! I had a 3 year lease and although there were many days I wanted to give up, I was determined to make it and not give up on my dream. The first 3 years there were a lot of ups and downs, but then fate allowed Noelle and I to cross paths and I was able to merge with CycleYou and it has been an amazing partnership.

CycleYou is one of my favorite places and such a positive environment. What have you all done differently than other fitness studios that has made the business so successful?

Noelle and I both want working out to be a non-intimidating environment for all fitness levels and we truly want to make exercising as fun and enjoyable as possible. When we merged studios, we both had a vision to have a studio where you don't feel like you have to be decked out in make-up, hair done, and your best workout gear on in order to walk thru the doors. Noelle did a fabulous job designing the space and making it real and raw and imperfect just as we all can be on a day to day basis. Noelle is predominantly involved in the day to day runnings of the studio and she has always done a fabulous job of training the staff to give excellent customer service to our clients, keeping a clean environment and most of all making each and every client enjoy their "experience" from the time they walk in the door until they leave.

How do you manage your time running multiple businesses, being a wife and mom, and finding time to stay healthy?

Well, some days are better than others :) A lot of days I'm changing hats multiple times: teaching a class, delivering a catering order, then running Emily around, then teaching again, followed by planning workouts, making playlists, doing promotions for the restaurants, a little accounting work for Nick Ryan's...sometimes it's difficult to go back and forth but it's two things that I love and am just grateful each and every day to be able to do what I love and to work with and support my husband and our businesses. I admit I'm pretty bad at managing my time. I'm a bit of a procrastinator and sometimes it bites me in the butt!! But I think we all have crazy schedules and hectic lives juggling so many things and that's why I like to make sure the classes I teach are fun, welcoming, a little funny and not intimidating. It's so important to find that 1 hour of your day to dedicate to slowing down and making time for yourself and your health. I hope that people look forward to our classes at CycleYou as a place to unwind from the business of the world and focus on themselves.

What is one piece of advice you would give to young women trying to decide what they want to do and where they want to go in life?

It sounds so cliche, but it's so true- do something that you LOVE, that you're proud of, and that you're passionate about. When you do what you love, it never feels like work. there will always be challenges to any career or profession but as long as the excitement outweighs the frustration, then you're in a good spot. It's easier said than done, but don't let the financial part of life allow you to make career decisions that make you unhappy. Don't wake up dreading going to work every day just for the money.

Lastly, one go-to healthy tip or hack for the busy girl on the go!

I always say don't let exercise be something that you dread or think you don't have time for. 15-20 minutes is better than nothing at all. It doesn't always have to be a full hour workout. If you've got a super busy schedule and only have 20-30 minutes then hit the floor with some push ups, planks, tricep dips, ab work, squats, and lunges. All you have to do is MOVE!!!

If you are in Lexington and haven't been to CycleYou, it is the most positive and uplifting environment and I can't say enough good things about Dawn's classes and really all the classes they offer, so check it out!!! Again, a huge thank you to Dawn for taking the time to write for me.

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Thanks for reading xx

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