Working Women Wednesday is a weekly highlight of the hard-working women within the Girl Gang. This week’s feature is Maria Fitzgerald, Owner of Maria Fitnezz.
Your Local Girl Gang: Tell us about your business. What is your mission statement? When did you launch?
Maria Fitzgerald: I help women feel confident and reach their health goals through my wellness habit tracking journals called “One Ray,” and my monthly Saturday morning wellness events! My mission is to make healthy living simple, sustainable, and enjoyable for all women, no matter their lifestyle! I launched 1 year ago as a certified personal trainer and have shifted visions to reach a larger clientele.
YLGG: When and how did the idea for your business come to you?
MF: I began teaching Zumba/eating healthy in my teens and graduated college as a licensed physical therapist assistant in 2016. I started working in outpatient care, seeing many conditions that could have been managed through a little education of how to practice healthier habits. I became a certified personal trainer (through the National Academy of Sports Medicine) and decided to start a side hustle of coaching women on small changes they could make to improve not only their physical health, but also their confidence and happiness, as well.
I share advice/tips that stay true to the “everything in moderation” concept. The main concepts include- eat more nutritious food, move your body each day, make sleep a priority, and do things that are good for your soul. Extreme doesn’t work for most people, but a little effort toward “true” self care can make a world of difference!
YLGG: What is the best piece of business advice you have received?
MF: Keep going no matter what. If something doesn’t work, it’s okay to pivot and try something new! It sounds cliche, but I actually got my logo tattooed on my right wrist to serve as a daily reminder that this is my lifelong passion and I cannot give up, even it takes a lot of time and energy.
YLGG: What characteristic do you most admire in other entrepreneurial women?
MF: There are SO many qualities I admire including vision clarity, confidence, courage, and discipline, to name a few. Not only does she have to be a master at her talent, but she has to learn the ins and out of running a successful business that profits. Paving a new path means continuing forward despite the challenges and truly figuring it out as she goes. An entrepreneurial woman recognizes her full potential of changing the world and allows herself to fully embrace it.
YLGG: What do you like most about your workspace?
MF: I work from my laptop in my bedroom next to my sleeping dog the majority of the time for my wellness business, other than my monthly live wellness events which are in person. In addition, I work for an outpatient holistic private practice called “All Around Physical Therapy and Wellness” in Parma, OH. We have Himalayan salt lamps, plants, healthy snacks, and a relaxed environment to help patients heal. The PT clinic aligns perfectly with my side hustle mission.
YLGG: What is something you could not go a day without?
MF: Coffee! I love the taste and happy mood associated with the caffeine boost. I love the taste of my own pot at home, but my true drink of choice is Starbucks Pike blend with coconut milk, hot or iced.