Lydia Haskell
50 years old
fitness instructor, instructor mentor, gym owner at The Fitness Rave
What was your inspiration for the all-group fitness studio?
Usually you see group fitness within big gyms, as an added value, but I got tired of dealing with big gym owners that don't see the value in group fitness; they never paid a lot of attention to its equipment and space needs. I wanted to make group fitness the highlight and focus of a gym.
What makes your approach or technique successful?
I think it's all about having a great sense of body understanding, because everything begins from there. What I do also has a lot of variables, so everything is always different.
gym/fitness activity
It's kind of a toss-up between hardcore weight training and dancing.
healthy snack
Probably cucumbers and avocado. When I'm treating myself, though, I love some dark chocolate.
unhealthy snack
Ice cream. I'll go to Cold Stone and go with a really awesome strawberry design, with strawberry ice cream, walnuts and graham cracker.
artist to listen to for motivation
Maybe Celine Dion, but I tend to listen to motivational speakers a lot. I like Steve Jobs and I listen to a lot of TED Talks.
Client Love
“Lydia is just so driven to make a difference in the lives of every person she meets and she doesn't stop until she achieves that goal. If she's making a difference in your life, your life gets better. Her ability to motivate all her members in a group setting is remarkable. She keeps an eye on everyone and never fails to boost people's spirits.”
- Charmaygne Litz, 49, Perry Hall
What keeps you motivated?
At this point in my life, at age 50, what keeps me motivated is feeling like I have the body of a 25-year-old from working out.
What's the best advice for someone who wants to get into fitness?
Start slow, train smart, keep your goals realistic. Results will be more pleasurable in the long run if you're smart about it.