It takes many mistakes to become great. I used to be so sensitive and dissect every single thing people would say. But through my failings, I’ve learned to move on and turn the negative into the positive. Ultimately, the hurdles have only made me stronger.
As a part of my series about the women in wellness, I had the pleasure of interviewing Carrie Minter. Carrien has been a health and fitness advocate from her teens. A model at fifteen, she has modeled for top designers including Valentino and Versace, and graced the covers and pages of Seventeen Magazine, FHM, Esquire, and Maxim. She has been certified in Pilates for more than ten years, and in 2013 opened Carrie’s Pilates Plus. Along with many well-known actors and models, students range from eighteen to eighty, men and women of all levels of fitness working to get the best results and well-being. In addition to curating a highly qualified and caring group of instructors, CPP helps clients of all ages transform their self-image and bodies via exercise and nutrition education. An active advocate for animal rescue, Carrie is actively involved with several animal rescue groups and developed a line of all-natural, cruelty-free, anti-aging skincare line, Beauty By Carrie.
Thank you so much for doing this with us! What is your “backstory”?
I modeled off and on since I was a teenager. I moved to from Texas to Los Angeles when I was 18, because I wanted to become an actress. That didn’t end up working out, but I continued modeling and worked for Playboy for several years. I got married in 2007 and after my divorce in 2013 I started Carrie’s Pilates. As a model, I was working out to stay fit, but I started my business after realizing that health was so much more than just being fit — the workout that my studio promotes is empowering because not only does it strengthen you physically, it strengthens you mentally as well because of all the detail to execute each form.
Can you share your top three “lifestyle tweaks” that you believe will help support people’s journey towards better wellbeing?
My first lifestyle tweak is prioritizing time management and gratitude lists. I have a planner and try my best to always organize and manage my day, from hour to hour. I also write gratitude lists and outline what I’m grateful for which I feel keeps me humble and ultimately emits positive energy out into the world. Second, daily exercise — even if it’s just committing to carving out a short amount of time for push-ups, sit-ups and squats before going to bed or first thing in the morning. Lastly, eating well — I’m a firm believer that what you put in your body has a huge effect on your moods and how you feel. If you strive to eat healthy, your body will thank you and work at its peak.
Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started your career?
Hmm…this is a hard question for me. Interesting things happen all the time! Building the company itself has been the most interesting and rewarding thing because of all the challenges and obstacles that I’ve had to overcome. One of the most interesting lessons I’ve learned is to not worry so much about competition or competitors. One challenge we’ve faced is trainers leaving the studio, which of course isn’t a good feeling especially when it was because of a conflict of interest, but we always persevere. I’ve found that sometimes unfortunate things happen but it’s ultimately for the best. The energy we’ve created along with our workouts, relationships with clients and overall service is so unique at our studio that I’ve learned to have faith in the process and the journey.
Can you share a story about the biggest mistake you made when you were first starting? Can you tell us what lesson you learned from that?
The biggest mistake I made when I first started was taking myself too seriously. I wanted to be in charge of everything, do it all myself, be involved in every aspect and that’s not physically possible — as demanding as my business is. I’ve learned to hire great, intelligent people and I’ve learned how to work well with them.
When it comes to health and wellness, how is the work you are doing helping to make a bigger impact in the world?
I think the work I’m doing is making a big impact on the world, because I’m told daily by my clients how great they feel. They feel strong, they feel empowered, they are healthy and most importantly, they are happy. The studio’s community is a family and we all take care of each other and uplift one another. I am here to encourage you to be the best version of yourself you can be!
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?
I’m most grateful for my studio manager, Alyssa Zakaria. She’s definitely helped me and the studio step our game up and I’m grateful God put her in my life at exactly the right time. She is the brains and the genius behind Carrie’s Pilates! I think a mistake people often make when starting out in business is wanting to be involved in every aspect and do everything on their own. Finding someone trustworthy with good work ethic and a person that you work well with is critical for your business because it helps you run things efficiently, and you then have multiple minds contributing to the future success of the business.
If you could start a movement that would bring the most amount of wellness to the most amount of people, what would that be?
If I could start a movement that would bring the most amount of wellness to the most amount of people, it would be a mental health movement. I think mental health is often overlooked. I started my business at a really hard time in my life, when I wasn’t feeling 100% mentally. Having my business along with doing the actual workout was a game changer for me and helped pull me out of a really bad place.
What are your “5 Things I Wish Someone Told Me Before I Started” and why?
5 things I wish someone told me before I started:
1. Don’t give up. I guess I didn’t need to be told this as I’ve known it all along and have always believed that if I work hard enough, I’ll create something great. But it’s a strong and empowering motto to live by each day.
2. It takes many mistakes to become great. I used to be so sensitive and dissect every single thing people would say. But through my failings, I’ve learned to move on and turn the negative into the positive. Ultimately, the hurdles have only made me stronger.
3. Always believe in yourself. I’ve experienced so many people who have worked to shut me down and the main thing that helped me get through those challenges was to be confident in what I was building and to respond through my success.
4. Have the RIGHT people working with you! Surrounding myself with people I trust and who want the best for my studio has been the biggest help for maintaining this business.
5. Love what you do. Once I realized how I could help other people through health and wellness, I learned there is no other career I’d want to do. By continuously pursuing this career, I’ve been happier and healthier especially knowing I can do the same for others and at the end of the day it makes my job not feel like work.
Sustainability, veganism, mental health and environmental changes are big topics at the moment. Which one of these causes is dearest to you, and why?
Mental health means the most to me. As someone who as always struggled with depression, anxiety and addiction, I hope I can be a voice to help others and let them know they are not alone.
What is the best way our readers can follow you on social media?
Personal Instagram — @carrieminter
Carrie’s Pilates Instagram — @carriespilatesplus
Thank you for these fantastic insights!