Sugar is not just sugar — it is sugar, flour, dairy, and alcohol because the body treats them all as a sugar. Too many sugars puts on the pounds, makes us foggy headed, and slows us down.
As part of my series about health and wellness leaders, I had the pleasure of interviewing Adita Lang. Adita is a SuperPower aficionado and mother of 2. Her “Journey” started as a fitness instructor 30+ years ago. Since then, she has expanded her endeavors, from a biomechanics and resistance training expert to nutritional guru, mind-body coach, author of SuperPowers, A Busy Woman’s Guide to Health and Happiness, and women’s advocate for healthy living. Adita holds a degree in Holistic Nutrition, is a Lv3 Holistic Lifestyle Coach through the Chek Institute, and has been accredited by several international health organizations. She has had the privilege to train thousands of fitness professionals’ worldwide and often speaks at schools, Fortune 500 companies, and private organizations on the benefits of quality foods, longevity, and amazing health. Her mission…encourage individuals to live Inspired. She wants to bring out the challenges and offer solutions to make SuperPowers shine and life thrive on!
Thank you so much for doing this with us! What is your “backstory”?
I started in fitness way before specialized flooring and aerobic shoes. I taught barefoot on concrete and made my cassette mixes using records. When I was 16 I was going to high school in San Antonio, Texas. My mom and I were having some challenges and a friend of hers recommended that we take an aerobics class as a mother and daughter activity. I loved it and she never came back. At that time when you needed an instructor you didn’t put an ad in the paper, you trained a top student instead. When the owner approached me she gave me the disclaimer…” you are very young and I am not sure if these women will follow you and respect you as an instructor but I am willing to give it a try”. Shortly after, I was teaching after school just about every day. Soon after that I was asked to teach at the very first aerobics convention — IDEA, alongside Ken Alan and from there I was hooked!
Can you share the interesting story that happened to you since you started your career?
I have so many, I have been blessed to have been mentored by some of the great names in our industry, and from that have had the ability to do more than teach or train clients. After teaching at IDEA for the first time I was solicited by an Italian club chain to train their instructors. I was 18 and took the experience and challenge head on. They were so impressed that I returned on numerous occasions and my career as an international fitness educator began.
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?
I am not really sure how I got this but for whatever reason I never felt threatened to take a job or position that I actually had no experience in. I simply got in there and learned as I went. Fortunately, I was a good study that could take it all in pretty quick. At 19, I was offered a Spa Director position and I took it even before they knew how old I was. With my fitness background I had no clue about spa services and such. My second day I interviewed a massage therapist who gave a painful massage on the floor while wearing a turban. This was my very first massage, I wasn’t sure if I should cry or laugh, but I finally made it through that .
Are you working on any new or exciting projects now?
I am finishing my second book — SuperPowers of the Family Kitchen. A book dedicated to teaching parents how to feed their children for growth and development, immune support, mental clarity and focus. All in a fulfilled manner making the family kitchen and health as simple as possible.
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?
Both Ken Alan and Linda Shelton have been quite inspirational to me. I met Ken when he came to a studio I was teaching at in San Antonio. From there he asked me to teach with him and a few other fitness icons at the first IDEA conference and he helped guide me on my career path. Linda on the other hand was the editor of SHAPE Magazine. I was enamored at the fitness pros that were invited to share an exercise each month. I must have mailed a hundred press kits to her when she finally asked me to come for a photo shoot. Since then she has been there to coach and help me is so many ways.
Can you share your top three “lifestyle tweaks” that will help people feel great?
1. Drink tons of water, hydration is key for fat loss, energy, and overall health
2. Sugar is not just sugar — it is sugar, flour, dairy, and alcohol because the body treats them all as a sugar. Too many sugars puts on the pounds, makes us foggy headed, and slows us down.
3. Sleep, with everything that we do, recovery is a primary key to health. Waking up ready to get up as opposed to dread and the snooze button can improve our energy and health in so many ways
Is there a particular book that made an impact on you? Can you share a story?
Fit or Fat by Covert Baily — This book opened my eyes to the correlation between food and exercise and helped me create a parallel career of both fitness and nutrition.
If you could start a movement that would bring the most amount of wellness to the most amount of people, what would that be?
Food education and food coaching. Food is our fuel, not our comfort and socialization. As a society we are so driven by the sugars, that I mentioned earlier, that we have become a society that is overweight and depleted of energy. We were not born with an instruction manual, if we could get people to understand this and to start working with food as fuel we would be leaner, energized, and clearer in our thoughts and actions
How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world?
I love helping people become healthier, more mobile, and motivated. If I can help a trainer expand their business or an overworked mom feel more energized…I have done my job.
What are your “5 Things I Wish Someone Told Me Before I Started” and why. (Please share a story or example for each.)
1. How amazing it would be when you can impact someone’s health — I had a client who was unable to walk at the time, and would come into the gym every day with a trainer that really wasn’t well versed for her needs. After befriending her mother, she decided to try one session with me. This created a longstanding friendship and the day the elevator broke at the club and I told her she would walk the stairs, was a day that I will never forget. She took those stairs like a champ!
2. All of the amazing directions and possibilities that my career has to offer. It was never just teaching classes, that was simply the start to an unlimited array of avenues I could and have taken
3. What an amazing group of people make up the fitness industry. In my over 30 years I have created huge bonds and friendships that have been there through the ups and downs. We are there for each other no matter how long it has been or how far away we are. This is an industry like no other, we have foot loose and fancy free and loyal beyond measures!
4. You can never go back — Once you are fully committed to a healthy lifestyle going backward is not an option. Even if you faultier for a bit, you will always manage to come back to the place where you feel your best.
5. Being around healthy people all of the time can make it challenging when you are in a group of “normal” people. I don’t want to call myself a health snob but I do become challenged making small talk to people who are unfit and unsatisfied with their life. We are all blessed with this amazing body that can do so many things, life is filled with incredible opportunities as well, our perception of life is what drives us to excel or not. I feel at home with like-minded individuals and feel compelled to inspire and motivate those who are not quite there yet.
Can you please give us your favorite “Life Lesson Quote”?
If taking action towards our dreams before the perfect conditions arise, or before we receive permission is unreasonable or reckless, then we must be unreasonable and reckless. — Brendon Burchard
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Thank you for all of these great insights!
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