We had the good fortune of connecting with Kerry Audie and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kerry, what was your thought process behind starting your own business?
My thought process when starting my business as a women’s fitness specialist has personal roots. I became a personal trainer with a women’s health focus after becoming a mom in 2016 to fill a void. Fitness and staying active were always part of my lifestyle, but I realized there was a major gap in the fitness industry when it came to caring for the pre and postnatal client. When I became a NASM certified personal trainer, I had no idea what direction it would take me in. All I knew was that I wanted to make sure other pregnant and postpartum women felt safe, supported and strong! Shortly after completing my personal trainer certification I became a certified barre instructor. Over the past three years I have completed several pre/postnatal certifications and courses to further my education and expand my reach. I most recently completed a course with Dr. Sarah Duvall and now hold the title of Postpartum Corrective Exercise Specialist. After having my first baby in 2016, I experienced severe injury-based diastasis recti. The connective tissue of my abdomen was stretched to the point of injury. I had a four finger gap down my midline and had no idea where to start in terms of healing. I did some research and found some specialists, but those sessions would collectively cost over a thousand dollars! My OBGYN told me that surgery was my best option. I quickly realized there was a major disconnect in the fitness industry – especially here in Denver. Honestly, there is a huge gap in care for the postpartum woman in general. New moms are not keen to spend tons of money on themselves after having a baby. There is also very little time in the day for a new mom to dedicate to a workout. Enter, KerryAudie.fit! I started healing my core after expanding my knowledge base. I was able to close my gap and then went on to have two more babies. My youngest is now 3 months! Within my personal training business I see women in all stages of the motherhood journey. I work with women that are thinking about starting a family and want to create a strong foundation. I also work with women that had children over a decade ago. That is the best part. It is never too soon or too late to start! Ultimately, I started my business to help other women feel supported and strong. It resulted in the same for me! I love helping other women and my passion for this mission has opened so many doors. I keep my session prices lower than average to keep them accessible, but I know my worth and the cost also reflects that. The motherhood journey changes you in numerous ways. Yes, your body changes, but so do your hormones, priorities and emotions. I am here to support you through all of it while helping you gain, maintain or regain your strength. This pandemic has been huge for the personal training and fitness industry. Now, more than ever, people have realized that movement is a great self-care outlet. Software like Zoom and Google Meet has enabled personal trainers to continue to work and even increase client bases! I have clients in California, Massachusetts and Florida right now that I see virtually. I also own Pearl Street Fitness in the Washington Park neighborhood of Denver. I cannot take credit for starting this gem of a gym, but I will 100% take credit for keeping it open and thriving during the intense storm of uncertainty that is 2020. I acquired the business in April of 2019 and see a number of my clients in the space in between our classes.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My work is very personal. I spend my days writing workouts and curating classes that are catered to individual needs, goals and conditions. I am a pre/postnatal fitness specialist, I am a barre teacher, I am a core specialist, I am a postpartum corrective exercise specialist, I am certified to teach yoga sculpt, TRX and kettlebells. The list goes on and on, but what it comes down to is that I can look at how you move and find where your compensations and weaknesses are. I can watch you breathe and help you re-pattern that breath to create better posture and to build on a stronger foundation. I can help you heal your diastasis, prolapse or sports related injury. I can help you build strength that has no limit. You can see what I do by visiting my instagram page! @kerryaudie.fit When I teach a barre class, my intentions are to deliver a fun, dynamic, challenging yet therapeutic hour of movement that includes bringing several muscles groups to fatigue and then stretching them all out. When I design a personal training session, it is curated to the individual. Are you wanting to build strength? Are you waning to decrease back pain? Are you wanting to find more endurance so you can keep up with your kiddos? Whatever your goals may be, even if you are not sure what those goals are, will dictate how I design a program for you. There is no such thing as “one size fits all” when it comes to a workout. The only constant is that movement benefits every single person when that movement is appropriate and is aligned with the individual’s goals. I like to think I have a gift for helping people see what they are capable of. It is rewarding for me as a trainer to watch someone complete a challenging set or sequence and to then see that quiet smile of confidence! I am constantly learning. I will forever seek out more knowledge. I specialize in the core and pelvic floor connection when it comes to women’s fitness. I train men, too, by the way, but my passion lies with helping women connect to that inner core unit to tap into undiscovered strength. My personal training certification through NASM required continuing education to maintain my title of CPT and this requirement has set me on a constance quest for more knowledge. There is so much to learn about the body as it pertains to fitness. You can rest assured that if you ask me a question and I do not yet know the answer, I will go find it. I have created a solid network of other professionals from physical therapists to chiropractors to trainers that I can refer clients to when I do not have the right tools or skill set to help them. I have learned that it is okay to say “I don’t know” and to then go find the answer. I have learned that collaboration is invaluable. The fitness industry in Denver and the surrounding cities is highly saturated. Breaking into it was difficult and super intimidating. I suffered from imposter syndrome on numerous occasions. Thoughts like “who would want to learn from me?” and “there are people with so much more experience” crept into my mind constantly. I gained confidence over time and that confidence grew with each class I taught and each client I helped. I realized that I was making a difference. I was helping these women tap into inner strength and create lasting change. I hope to continue on this path and to establish a strong reputation based on what I do and the results people have experienced. As a mom of three I can empathize with the tired and overworked moms, the busy women, the women that put themselves last too often. That term “mom guilt” is very real. It is hard to justify making time for yourself when the needs of little ones fall on you to fulfill. That term “mental load” is also very real. It can be hard to justify making time for yourself when the list of tasks seems endless. I help you prioritize yourself and empower you to release that guilt. After all, you cannot pour from an empty cup.
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 love this question! Denver is not my home town. I grew up north of Boston and I still very much enjoy discovering new places. Regardless of the time of year, I would plan a mid morning hike to St Mary’s Alice Glacier. This hike is perfect for visitors because it is not too difficult and you really get a taste for Colorado on a small scale. A visit to Red Rocks Amphitheater is also a must. Words and pictures do not do this special place justice. Golden Gate Canyon State Park is another must, especially in the fall! Washington Park is so great, too. I love grabbing lunch from Chook Chicken or Vert Kitchen and then eating in the park. That park has so much to offer from trails, to open space to volleyball and tennis. It really showcases how active our city is and it always beautiful no matter the time of year. Other favorite restaurants include Uchi, Sushi Hai, Blue Pan Pizza and The Odyssey. This pandemic has done a number on our dining industry, but so many places have been creative in pivoting. Eating outside is always wonderful and now that it is encouraged, you can experience different neighborhood eateries in a new way! One of the things I love most about Denver is that each neighborhood has its own vibe. The Wash Park neighborhood is fun, trendy and has lots of great restaurants. As does the Highlands neighborhood. Park Hill is gorgeous. Five Points and RiNo are constantly evolving with amazing restaurants popping up monthly it seems. Another fun trend are the market places and food halls that have popped up in the past couple years. The newest market in the Sloan’s Lake neighborhood is awesome! There is a food hall with several different options, tons of shops, a brewery and even some fitness studios. The roof top patio offers views of Sloan’s Lake! JoyRide Brewery in that neighborhood is a must because their beers are delish and their rooftop patio is even better! Denver is known for its craft beer scene so a couple brewery stops are sure to happen throughout the visit. Lastly, the culture in Denver is so diverse and I think the city does a great job celebrating that. First Friday’s on Tennyson and Santa Fe to showcase artists and local businesses are always a great time. There are often food trucks, too! Basically, I am not sure I could show a friend everything in just one week. I gladly accept the challenge, though!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
You know when you are younger and playing pretend ie: playing school or other imaginary play; and you choose to be your favorite teacher or hero? My career in the fitness industry has introduced to me to dozens of inspiring professionals and when I first started, before finding my own voice in this vast space, I tried to emulate the women around me that helped fuel my passion. I quickly realized that I simply needed to take the tools they were willing to share and start carving my own way. First, I need to shout out Lindsey Long. Lindsey has been in the fitness industry for nearly 2 decades as a yoga, pilates and barre teacher. I received my barre teacher certification with her and learned the difference between being a teacher and being an instructor when leading a class. The differences are subtle, but a great teacher leaves a lasting impact that goes much deeper than instruction. Lindsey has a passion for developing an individual’s innate strengths to lead. She challenges you to leave your comfort zone and her passion for movement is contagious. Alyssa Manny, the owner of Ohana Yoga and Barre (www.ohanayoga.com), and her team of talented teachers also sparked my passion for group fitness and barre. Alyssa has a huge gift for sequencing a class. You go on a journey with her and at the end you feel inspired, proud, strong and rejuvenated. Her teaching team at Ohana is so passionate about movement and I learn something new each time I take a class there. Carlie Blanchard, the owner of The Barre Standard in Arvada (www.thebarrestandard.com) took a chance on me as a new instructor. I had just found out I was pregnant with my second baby and her studio was only about 6 months young at the time when I applied and auditioned. Under her guidance, I was able to thrive in my craft and found my own voice and style as a teacher. Carlie is dedicated to the community she built and when I purchased Pearl Street Fitness she was a strong resource for me. My pelvic floor physical therapist, Dr Ashley Zimmerman (www.yourstrengthwithin.com) has probably had the greatest impact on my career path. She subtly encouraged me to attend a BirthFit! Seminar weekend and that really launched a whole new platform for me. I have learned so much from her through our personal sessions and she continues to be a valuable resource for my clients, too. Ashley’s passion for women’s health is rooted in that disconnect and gap that led to my path as well. We can do better when caring for women of all ages, stages and races. I am continually inspired by her passion and love having the opportunity to collaborate with her. Lastly, my clients are my WHY. I show up and continue to learn because of them. I would not be where I am today without their commitment! Watching an individual dig deep to complete a set or watching them make that breath connection for the first time is why I do what I do. Success stories are not told by the number on the scale. My clients show me day in and day out that success is measured by how you feel.
Jake Holschuh (PSF photos), Alima Blackwell (plank photo) and Mia Gorrell (family photo)