Who is With Me?

Ladies, I am excited to say, I am stepping out on a ledge and taking a leap of faith.

For years, I have studied with masterful coaches and facilitators to learn tools and methods for supporting others in transformational change. I studied with masters Gay & Katy Hendricks to learn the art of listening to my body as a vehicle for transformational change, to be a body intelligent human being!

Throughout all of my training, I have never led with this skill, instead I will sprinkle exercises or ideas into my consulting work… until today… Today I am stepping fully into my capabilities and offering up a new way to learn from your body, it is truly a remarkable skill and I am so excited to share with you about it!

I am launching a curated community for women interested in learning from their intuition and body intelligence, small groups of women, meeting to learn and explore.

C3 Squad’s are a place for women to collaborate, create and contribute with one another.

One of the hardest things in my opinion, is finding community, true, enriched and meaningful community… I want to help solve this problem. To create a place for women, with busy schedules, full lives to be able to gather with another handful of women, virtually, be supported and build life long friendships!

I am launching the first squad in a few short weeks, join me to experience something totally new and refreshing!


Exciting WIFA News
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Over the past few months WIFA, The Women in Fitness Association has made very important and exciting strides towards partnerships to further our cause of supporting women in fitness.

Below are the press releases highlighting our partnerships with both ACE and FIBO!


American Council on Exercise and Women in Fitness Association Announce Founding Partnership

Posted: Sep 17, 2018 in ACE Press Releases

San Diego, September 17, 2018— The American Council on Exercise (ACE), a nonprofit organization with global reach that works to increase physical activity, announced today its sponsorship of the Women in Fitness Association (WIFA).

“ACE believes in success opportunities for women, and our support for WIFA is that value in action,” said ACE Chief Marketing Officer Carolann Dekker. “On behalf of the 40,000-plus ACE Certified Professionals® who are women, we’re thrilled to support WIFA’s work to convene the women in fitness and set the stage for them to rise to their fullest leadership potential. They are today’s and tomorrow’s agents for getting more people moving.”

WIFA is a global nonprofit association that cultivates collaboration and leadership for women in the fitness industry. The WIFA goal is to create a culture where women entering the industry can obtain mentorship and seasoned veterans can impact their peers and encourage them to take on more leadership roles. WIFA offers quarterly virtual meetings, annual live events and “crowdsource” topics so everyone involved can contribute.

article posted on ace.org


FIBO, World's Largest Fitness, Health & Wellness Event, To Make US Debut

FIBO FitPass Unlocks Access to Unlimited Daily Workouts, Workshops and Lectures for Industry Professionals and Enthusiasts

NORWALK, Conn., Sept. 20, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- On December 5-8, 2018, FIBO — the world's largest interactive showcase of fitness, health and wellness innovation — will make its United States debut at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Florida.

Backed by the long-running success of FIBO Global events in Germany, China, and South Africa, FIBO USA will assemble fitness professionals and enthusiasts for an immersive exhibit of the most groundbreaking people, products and ideas propelling the industry forward globally.

With something for everyone, the four-day event will feature heart-pumping fitness demos and classes, hands-on technology and equipment exhibits, nutrition and apparel, education sessions, and instructor certification and trainings from industry juggernauts Zumba®, Spartan, American Council on Exercise (ACE), Athletics and Fitness Association of America (AFAA) and National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM).

"It's rare to find an event that pulls together every corner of the health and wellness category as seamlessly as FIBO," says Petra Robinson, Trade Show and Fitness Industry Adviser at Zumba® and former AFAA Vice President. "In the almost three decades since I attended my first FIBO event, I've found it to be a dynamic display of what's shaping the industry and a crucial tool for business expansion."

Exhibitors will unveil innovations spanning cardio and strength (Aktiv Solutions, Helix, Keiser, Torque Fitness, Ziva), EMS and vibration technology (miha bodytec, Power Plate®, XBody) group and aqua fitness (Piloxing, POUND, SoulBody), health and wellness products (InBody, NormaTec), nutrition (Dymatize), financing (ABC Financial) and wearables (Myzone).

"FIBO has proven to be the premier platform for the global fitness industry to gather, learn and grow," says Hervé Sedky, President, Americas of FIBO producer Reed Exhibitions. "Now is the time to bring the power and international presence of FIBO to the US: the single largest health and fitness market in the world."

The event will open with a two-day FIBO American Health + Fitness Forum (AHFF). The forum invites business owners, managers and experts from the health and fitness sector to interact with global thinkers and leaders on topics such as sales, marketing, customer relations, technology, retention, human resources and overall operator excellence.

The Women in Fitness Association (WIFA) will also collaborate with FIBO to host a forum, in which industry professionals can discuss and uncover issues, initiatives, and opportunities for women to rise to their fullest potential.

The FIBO FitPass unlocks unlimited access to daily workouts, workshops and lectures for fitness professionals and enthusiasts alike. Every FIBO ticket includes fitness demonstrations, celebrity meet and greets, competitions, and unique special events and activations.

To learn more and to register, visit fibo-usa.com


Me Too, Times Up, Now What?

 I had the pleasure of sharing this presentation yesterday afternoon to a group of brilliant business owners.  My intention in sharing this is to underscore what is possible now and in the years to come for women in business.  Enjoy the deck and please reach out, it would be great to hear from you!

Me Too and Times Up have created power vacuums in our economy, meaning new opportunities for women. The patriarchal model for business is beginning to crack, and this workshop will explore how women-led organizations can be used as tools to widen opportunities for women leaders. Lindsey Rainwater, Business Advisor & founder of The Women in Fitness Association will be facilitating an exploratory conversation into how women can participate in this new and exciting climate.
For more information about this presentation or to speak with me directly, reach out, www.lindseyrainh2o.com

Lindsey Rainwater, also known as Lindsey RainH2O, is a sought-after business advisor, Founder, writer & keynote speaker to the fitness and wellness industry.  For more information about Rainwater, follow her on Twitter @LindseyRainH2o

Reflection.
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The other day I was talking with a dear friend about perspective and what time and experience offers us in the journey that is life... Talk about a broad and generalized statement... I know, and, isn't it everything?

Never could I have known what  I do now, about being a mother, until I became a mother.  Simple yet a profound reality.

For anyone that knows me you could attest to the fact that I have always set a very high bar for myself, and with that comes the nagging reality that it can be very difficult for me to not project those same standards onto others.  

I remember reading through content and making judgments about seeing other bloggers have a lapses in time between content, I get it now.  My perspective now is that I am in the new context of mother and business owner, is one of empathy.  

Empathy for myself, for others, and a true “pause and reflect” when I consider others reasoning for their behaviors.  

Looking at myself here, on my blog, and I have not blogged for months! Months! I can hardly stand it.. and, I am fully committed to taking one day at a time and doing what a can each day.  (Easier said than done?!)

With all that being said, I felt compelled to go back through the blogs I wrote this time last year, pre-birth of my son, to see how my perspective has changed, the narrative is below:  

Here is my response to my own ideas, one childbirth, one association birth, and, many many fewer hours of sleep, later. 

Then:

“My husband and I will be expecting our first born in mid July of this year.  What a journey it had been the past 5+ months! My experience of being pregnant has naturally brought up all kinds of feelings and thoughts, and what I really want to share here is the transformational minded thoughts and ideas I am experiencing while moving towards this life change.”

Now:

 I really appreciate my thoughtfulness and the intention I brought to my own personal preparation of having a child.  That thoughtfulness has definitely paid off in the realm of having ideas and intentions to create the most meaningful home experiences for Oliver, My husband and I.  With that being said, I wish it was as eloquent as I described it above.. it is not, lol.  Everyday is different, everyday brings new challenges and most nights I fall asleep while having a conversation with my husband, it isn't perfect and, I love every single minute of it. 

Then:

"The societal pressures and models out there leave something to be desired, at least for me, and I've found my current position on the topic to be "make it up", create a way, a new method and then see if it works! "

Now:

Absolutely true! And not easy! choosing to create a life that is not typical is not easy, and, I have come to realize that if you want to create something totally different for yourself, you totally can.  I don't subscribe to the idea that women have to choose between work and motherhood, and, I don't think it's about taking your kids to the office, there are other options that can be fulfilling... it is all about choices.  These choices have been THE hardest ones of my life, I give a shit, big time, about being wtih my son, impacting the business I have created and supporting WIFA... with that love for all of those people comes choices, I am doing my best day by day!  And, If anyone wants to ever chat about how they have naviagted these waters, I am all ears!

Then:

"Tony Robbins and others talk about ideas like "integration" instead of balance, for people like myself that are deeply passionate about their work and friendships, then it becomes less about choosing and more about integrating." 

Now:

I wish balance was a thing... ha! I personally think that's a racket... choices however, that is absolutely a thing that you can have control over... where does your time in a day go and how does it align with your circumstances. 

Then:

As I like to say, "who you are at the kitchen table is who you are at work"... my kitchen table is about to be set for 3, and I am anticipating the adventure of how that will propel me to be even better and have more to offer in every area of my life. 

Now:

It most certainly is set for 3, my 10 month old son eats more than me! Funny, and, he has a brilliant appetite.  I was telling a mentor the other day that my experience of myself as a mother is one of profound confidence that comes from a place of knowing and believing in myself and what I have to offer the world.  The fierce love that comes with becoming a mother is one that I have never felt before, it changed me over night, and I am forever grateful to Oliver for the transformational quality of "no more BS" that came with becoming his mother.  My ability to be discerning in my work, my relationship and all the communities I am a part of is so profound and impactful, what a gift motherhood truly is!

 

Have you had a life change that you have gone through that created the space for you to pause, reflect and adjust your sails? I would love to hear about it, it's through community that we can all grow near and use the blessing of empathy to show each other what's possible. 


Lindsey Rainwater, also known as Lindsey RainH2O, is a sought-after business advisor, Founder, writer & keynote speaker to the fitness and wellness industry.  For more information about Rainwater, follow her on Twitter @LindseyRainH2o