Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in health and fitness but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Billy Pratt, Owner of Fitness Together, located in Avon, CT, USA.

What's your business, and who are your customers?

At Fitness Together, our mission is to provide our clients with high-quality, one-on-one Private Personal Fitness Training. Reaching your health and fitness goals with us is a personalized experience. At Fitness Together, it's all about the client and customizing a program for them using a variety of screening tools. Our typical client is either not comfortable going to a gym setting or just doesn't know where to start when it comes to beginning a fitness program.

Tell us about yourself

I understand the importance of accountability and consistency in pursuing one's physical fitness goals. In October of 2003, I completed my first personal trainer certification, and since then, I have been honored to work with a diverse set of clientele, from the infirm to Team USA Olympic athletes to models & other workers whose jobs depend on maintaining appearance & weight standards while excelling at a high level of mental & physical performance. In the last few years, I have really come to love coaching and mentoring up-and-coming fitness professionals and existing trainers and owners who are looking to take their success to the next level. I bought the business from my former boss back in 2013 and have never looked back! We continually push to provide the best service to our clients, and we help a market that is vastly underserved in the fitness world.

Do you have daily rituals for work / wellness / fitness / mindfulness?

I have a set of daily rituals that I can categorize in three ways: Body, Mind, & Spirit.

Body: 5-6 days/week, I aim for a minimum of 3 servings of vegetables (usually in one sitting for convenience), and every day (weather/precipitation permitting) spend at least 10 minutes outside just to revitalize and enjoy the fresh air.

Mind: Check a few different podcasts I like to learn from for updates, read at least one chapter or section of a spiritual/religious book & at one chapter of a non-religious nonfiction book.

Spirit: Pray the rosary and perform certain grounding practices twice/a day.

What's your biggest accomplishment as a business owner?

My biggest accomplishment as an owner is paying off all eight bank loans that I needed to purchase the business in just a four-year span!

What's one of the hardest things that come with being a business owner?

The buck stops with you, as the saying goes. Whether a staff member is sick and you suddenly need to arrange accommodations for your clientele, a client is going through a rough patch in their life, and that may affect whether or not they will be returning for the time being, or a pandemic hits and you need to pivot direction on the fly... being flexible to challenges on a daily basis is crucial.

What are the top tips you'd give to anyone looking to start, run and grow a business today?

  1. Believe and have a passion for what you choose to do.
  2. Know your market and to what extent it has a demand for what you wish to provide.
  3. Get a mentor to help you, preferably someone who has already successfully been through the process.

Is there anything else you'd like to share?

Please reach out to me; I'd love to hear from anyone who reads this. As an active member of local Chambers of Commerce and an Ambassador for one, I regularly help up-start owners with ideas and implementation. Don't be shy!

Where can people find you and your business?


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