Find movement you LOVE to do and keep doing it forever. We all liked to do something when we were kids. Exercise should not be a chore, it should be fun. If all else fails, search YouTube for something fun…zumba, old school aerobics, dance! Our bodies are meant to move not to sit all the time.
As part of my series about health and wellness leaders, I had the pleasure of interviewing Pam Sherman. Pam is a 20+ year veteran in the fitness industry. She was a personal trainer and group exercise instructor. Pam is now an author, motivational speaker and online coach. Her passion is helping women take care of themselves and their health.
Thank you so much for doing this with us! What is your “backstory”?
I have been a trainer my whole life. I started with my 2 oldest girlfriends when I was 11 and 15. Luckily, we are still friends today- LOL. I’ve always been passionate about working out and it was natural for me to fall into teaching and training as my career. I’ve also struggled with my weight and love helping women on their journey to their healthy weight.
Can you share the interesting story that happened to you since you started your career?
Almost 3 years ago, I was out for a run and got hit by a car. Because I was in such excellent shape, my injuries were minimal. I only had to get 6 teeth replaced. No broken bones, no brain injuries and I was back to running 5 weeks later. This propelled me to want to reach more people about self-care. I had to stop teaching and training due to all the dental surgery I had to go through. During my recovery, I wrote some books, started a website and started speaking about health!
Can you share a story about the funniest mistake you made when you were first starting? Can you tell us what lesson you learned from that?
Funny now… As a young instructor, I tried to be “perfect.” When my boss came into review me, she told me to lighten up and have more fun. I thought I had to be “professional and perfect” as an instructor. That single comment changed the way I taught. When I messed up, I made fun of myself and gave everyone a good laugh. I learned to be self- deprecating and it changed my classes. While still being a challenging instructor, my students always had fun in my class and the time went by much more quickly!
Are you working on any new or exciting projects now?
I am working on putting my workouts into the back end of Fit Radio. They just hired me as a coach. After being out of the classroom for a few years, it’s SO FUN to put together workouts again! This app was super important to me during my recovery and I’m thrilled to be hired on as a coach.
None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story about that?
YES!!! After my accident, I still wanted to reach people. I wanted to put together a health/wellness website but am not a programmer or really aware of how to do this. A friend had her neighbor put together a website for her that looked amazing. I met with her and she is an angel in my life. Kate has built me two beautiful websites(www.theperfectbalance.guru, www.pamshermanspeaks.com), put together Mail Chimp for me to be able to send out newsletters, set up my YouTube Channel( The Perfect Balance), edited and made covers for and put my books up on Amazon! She helped me trademark The Perfect Balance as well as Your Health is Your Wealth. She saw me growing before I could even think of my next step. I owe so much to this amazingly talented woman!
Can you share your top three “lifestyle tweaks” that will help people feel great?
1- Get more sleep. Make a bedtime routine and stick to it.
2- Eat more vegetables. I like people to add to their food instead of taking away. The good will eventually crowd out the not so good food.
3- Find movement you LOVE to do and keep doing it forever. We all liked to do something when we were kids. Exercise should not be a chore, it should be fun. If all else fails, search YouTube for something fun…zumba, old school aerobics, dance! Our bodies are meant to move not to sit all the time.
Is there a particular book that made an impact on you? Can you share a story?
Born to Run. I’ve been a runner for 41 years and am passionate about it. This is a story about a man who wants to find out why his feet hurt. Then goes on to find the world’s greatest runners and their secrets-including running for hundreds of miles without rest. For any runner, just reading about his struggle and then this incredible tribe of people and how they live, run, eat, recovery is just awe inspiring.
If you could start a movement that would bring the most amount of wellness to the most amount of people, what would that be?
Eat real food. Our country/culture has turned to fast/convenient foods too much and it’s literally killing us. If we could just eat real food grown from the ground, I know the rates of heart disease, cancer and diabetes would dramatically go down.
How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world?
I’m not successful yet!
But, I think every time I give a talk, people leave motivated! They know how to better take care of themselves and their health. I give them easy to follow ideas for healthier living. Healthy= happy!
What are your “5 Things I Wish Someone Told Me Before I Started” and why. (Please share a story or example for each.)
1. Teaching takes a lot of time outside the classroom. Putting together a class can be time consuming. You get paid for an hour but many times you’re spending several hours just working on one class.
2. You will be a therapist to your clients more than a personal trainer. The workout was always good and effective for all my clients. But training is a very personal and confidential job. I always heard about my client’s problems/family issues and they used me as a sounding board.
3. My personal trainer certification should also say Life Coach Certification. For the same reason as above.
4. People think you never struggle with food or with your weight because you are a professional. I am an emotional eater just like every other woman and have struggled with my weight a few times in my life. Just because it was my job, it didn’t give me a hall pass to eat cheesecake daily!
5. Don’t wear the thong leotard. I started teaching in the 90’s when the thong was what everyone wore. Luckily there were no phones/cameras back then- therefore no evidence. But what the heck was I thinking? This was not a good look for me!
Can you please give us your favorite “Life Lesson Quote”?
Treat yourself like a Ferrari not a Yugo.
Some of the biggest names in Business, VC funding, Sports, and Entertainment read this column. Is there a person in the world, or in the US whom you would love to have a private breakfast or lunch with, and why? He or she might just see this if we tag them 🙂
I’m just starting out with this second career as a speaker and coach. I’d love to talk to anyone who is looking for an older(52) health professional to work with!
What is the best way our readers can follow you on social media?
FB-Pam Sherman- Perfect Balance Guru
Thank you for all of these great insights!
About the author:
Chaya Weiner is the Director of branding and photography at Authority Magazine’s Thought Leader Incubator. TLI is a thought leadership program that helps leaders establish a brand as a trusted authority in their field. Please click HERE to learn more about Thought Leader Incubator.