We had the good fortune of connecting with Katharine Moustakes and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Katharine, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
Risks are what drive us. We’re always weighing the risk to reward ratios. I grew up in an environment that encouraged low risk, high reward. Although that may work for many, I eventually found that I was living out someone else’s dreams and goals, not my own. I took the leap and started my business 4 years ago because I saw an opportunity. I had know idea where it would take me, but if I wouldn’t have started then, I would be much further behind now. As I’ve grown, the way I look at it is that taking the high risk route can give you one of two outcomes: high reward or a big lesson. Since starting my business, I moved to a bigger city (Denver, originally from Omaha, NE), expanded my side gig to a full-time business, began new and adventurous hobbies, and implemented a work-life balance that I never thought was possible.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
KATHLETICS, LLC was established in 2017. I originally started my business when I saw the opportunity to bring personal training services online. I wanted to help more people than would be possible if I only trained in-person. As I continued working full-time as an in-person Personal Trainer, separately from KATHLETICS, I saw the value in in-person training. Building relationships. Gaining trust. Providing immense value. This put me at a crossroads, as I was unsure if I truly wanted to eliminate my in-person training services in the long-term. I continued training both in-person for a gym and online for my business until the shutdown. Before COVID, I was struggling to find my niche and to find the necessary time and effort to put into my business without sacrificing time with friends, family, and my own health. Shortly after the initial shutdown occurred, I was laid off from my full-time job and knew this was my opportunity. This was my opportunity to take what I had already built with KATHLETICS and bring it to the next level. I began honing in on my niche: I coach busy professionals how to build sustainable habits in and out of the gym. I began training clients via Zoom, which to both me and my clients surprise was more effective and efficient than anticipated. They no longer had to commute to the gym, hurry up and shower in a public shower, and head off to their work commute. Virtual training allows them to comfortably workout from their home, shower at their own home, AND achieve their goals with their own equipment. My clients have anything from a single dumbbell to a full home gym and we are able to see results and achieve their goals. As restrictions have lightened, I have started training some clients in their home, as well. Today, I offer virtual, in-home, and online coaching to meet the client where they are in their journey. This provides clients options for more of a hands-on or hands-off approach. I am most proud of how far my clients have come during this past year. It’s been a year of learning and adapting for all. For some, virtual training was one of the biggest things to look forward to in a time of doing 95% of things at home. It feels good knowing you’re making someone’s day better by spending even 45 minutes with them. I’m excited for what’s in store for KATHLETICS. I’ve been investing back into my business, so big things are coming!
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I’m a big nature-seeker, so I’d have to say hiking near Evergreen, Golden, or Boulder. I’d also recommend going to Chatfield State Park or Deer Creek Canyon area for a quick afternoon of hiking, biking, or fishing. Fat Sully’s is a go-to for when friends come into town. I love a fat slice of ‘za! I’d also recommend the Highland area — lots of food, drinks, and fun atmospheres to choose from!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
The amount of love and support I have received throughout this journey is overwhelming. I’m grateful to have supportive family, friends, colleagues, and mentors. Although I didn’t pursue a career in Hospitality Management, like I graduated from University for, I am able to apply the knowledge I gained during college to my everyday business practices. My parents have always encouraged me to do what I love. My friends have helped me celebrate the wins, the losses, and the in-betweens. My colleagues and mentors have taught, coached, and provided me with the guidance I needed to be successful. Big shoutout to all that have shaped me and my career!