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Why Now is the Time to Get Involved; FitPosium Podcast Interview

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085 FEATURING LINDSEY RAINWATER: WHY NOW IS THE TIME TO GET INVOLVED

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Our latest podcast features our interview with Lindsey Rainwater who is the founder and CEO of the Women in Fitness Association. WIFA is a non-profit organization that exists to support women of all ages and races to succeed both professionally and personally within the fitness industry.

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The vision of WIFA is that every woman professionally representing the fitness industry can find her place and rise to her fullest potential! Their aim is to see more women in the board room, championing each other to achieve, sharing success through collaboration.

This interview discusses the benefit of professional trade organizations, why it is important to get involved and how one can get the most out of their membership.

For more information on WIFA please visit womeninfitness.org or on instagram @wifassociation

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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 social at @LindseyRainH2o

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

The Story of The Women in Fitness Association
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The Women in Fitness Association exists to create opportunity for Women, to give them a voice in the fitness industry and create opportunity for any woman interested in growing her career.
— Lindsey Rainwater

This past year something super exciting happened, and is very near and dear to my heart, a movement that is absolutely going to change the face of the fitness industry and welcome in a whole new wave of female leadership.  

The Story...

Last year, I attended the women in leadership summit at IHRSA, the experience created at the summit was like no other I’d had the chance to be a part of in our industry.  Being in a room full of brilliant women in support of our industry was like a deep exhale, a complete breath of fresh air and I didn’t want it to end.  Upon returning home after a fabulous week of  making new connections and seeing old friends, I came home with the desire to feel what I felt in that room at the summit.  I wanted a place where there was easy access to female mentors and a tight knit group of women to regularly collaborate with, I began my search to find a group that offered this kind of support, exclusively for women.  Once I realized it didn't exist, I knew what needed to happen next.

The rest is history... 

The Women in Fitness Association opened for membership May 31 of 2017 and by September we had formed a board of directors, bylaws, not for profit status, and over 60 women as associate members with global representation and corporate sponsorship. To date, we have over 80 members, three corporate sponsors, two meetings under our belts, serving over 200 women in total and an event planned to take place in San Diego the week of IHRSA. 

Not a day goes by that I am not daydreaming about what WIFA can and will become.  I think about all the women I know that want to run companies and be mothers and love travel, I am so excited that we’ve created a place to collaborate about how to accomplish that and so much more! 

None of this could have happened if I did not have an army of women supporting me in this endeavor! Our board of directors and founding members have carried our success through word of mouth and trust and belief in what we are doing.  Their brilliance and desire to lift women up to reach their fullest potential is humbling and truly exciting to be a part of. 

If you have not checked out the Women in Fitness Association, go to the website to see our upcoming events and ways to join.  I look forward to this being the beginning of something absolutely wonderful,

I am incredibly grateful for my mentors that said "why not, just do it", their ability to see what I was capable of before I could is what aided in my taking this leap of faith.  Thank you. 


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
 

The Trap of Perfectionism and Doing it Right
Photo Credit, From the Hip Photo, March 2017

Photo Credit, From the Hip Photo, March 2017

Last month I shared my thoughts via audio about how much can you, or I can accomplish in a day, and the importance of asking for help and allowing others to support us. 

What is on my mind today has a similar flavor, and that is the notion of "doing it right".  As soon as I typed that phrase my internal dialog said "whatever that means", my rational mind wants to argue that there is no right way of doing anything, and yet the pressure that can ensue surrounding this myth can take over and paralyze my efforts.

A lot of the "do it right" thinking comes from the desire for perfection, an unattainable yet tempting place that women (at least myself) can tend to strive to be even while knowing it's not possible. 

"Pressure comes from all sides and settles uncomfortably in the laps of women trying to do everything the right way." -Karen Kleiman

A mind field of this type of thinking can pop up in areas where we are navigating something new, a path not walked down before. There is nothing like being 8.5 months pregnant that brings out the opinions of others the floodgates of advice comes rolling in causing lots of thoughts comparing to others and judging myself for what I do or don't know, "I have not thought of that, crap I should read more on that topic".  Because we live in a world where anything can be googled and Pinterest will be there to reliably show us all the possible "hacks" to get it right, it can be difficult to put the opinions aside and find a way that works for you. 

"Too many [women] are becoming anxious and depressed because they are overwhelmed and disappointed. Too many are letting their lives be poisoned by guilt because their expectations can't be met, and because there is an enormous cognitive dissonance between what they know to be right for themselves and what they're told is right for their children." .-Judith Warner

Regardless of the topic, there is an overwhelming amount of information available to us from others, our own research and imagined idea of how we are "supposed to" get something right. 

So how am I handling the feeling of "get it right" perfectionism as I round the corner into motherhood? Not overly gracefully but I am certainly putting effort into a few actions that have provided some reprieve that I will share with you. 

The first thing I have done is to do my best to have perspective and empathy about where the information is coming from.  I remember when my Father died three years ago, many people would say things to me like "when my grandma died", and at first I was offended that anyone would compare a grandparent to a parent, "do they have any clue what this is like".  When I chose to hear that person through the filter of empathy and love, I could see that more than likely they were just uncomfortable and wanted to relate to me in a way that they could, not really knowing what to say.  With unsolicited parenting advice, I am applying the same school of thought, this person is wanting to relate to me, be closer, and possibly share something that meant a lot to them, they might feel like they are handing me the keys to the parenting kingdom, maybe they are! The point is to rely on empathy and perspective to see people as my ally and with the filter of love. 

The other strategy I am employing to combat perfectionism and the "Do it right" mentality is to try to cut myself some slack.  This, is by far the hardest action for me to take and yet the simplest. The best way to actually do this are these two simple things; let myself off the hook for not knowing how to do something I have never done, duh, and, to not compare myself to others.  I was talking to a friend yesterday about how my workouts have not only changed but in the past week felt nearly impossible, I never thought I'd see the day that walking up hill was hard.  The best thing I can do for myself during this time is NOT get on Instagram and look for "moms to be that crossfit" to compare my efforts to others.  We all have our own experiences and for me sticking to my own without muddying the waters with what others do can be the best way to stay away from feeling like a failure. 

The beautiful underbelly of all of this is that if I peel off the layer of wanting to get it right and achieve perfection and see the innocence in my thoughts, my true intention is that I really want to be my best for those in my life I care about and the work I do in the world.  If I can remember to have empathy for myself and others I have a real chance at enjoying my experiences instead of making them right or wrong. 

How about you, does this resonate? Do you have a difficult time navigating new territory without comparing yourself to others or striving for out of reach perfectionism? 

Send me a note or comment here, I would love to hear from you! My intention is to blog as frequently as ideas come to me and I appreciate you reading along!  I look forward to posting about my experiences as I continue integrating motherhood into my work and relationships. 


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