Today we’d like to introduce you to Lindsay Dill.
Hi Lindsay, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
I was lucky enough to grow up a 90s kid. You know, playing outside until the street lights came on, running around with neighborhood kids, playing all the outdoor sports possible. I played organized sports from a young age such as basketball, volleyball, and softball for 14 years. Even though I was naturally very athletic, I was never really “fit”.
I started to become aware of how much bigger I was than the other girls in my class by the third grade. I was a pretty good athlete who worked hard during practice and games, but I was totally missing the balanced nutrition component of being an athlete. Through high school, I took all four years of Athletic PE. We got to hit the weight room occasionally and this is when I was first introduced to strength training. I started making the correlation between being in a bigger body meant I could push more weight. Unfortunately for me, after high school, my interest in strength training dwindled and I continued to gain weight into my first few years of college.
In 2009, my dad passed away after a 15-month battle with cancer. This life-altering event is what would eventually catapult me into my fitness and athletic career. But before that, I spent a few years partying, drinking, and eating my way to weighing 257 pounds. I finally decided I was ready for change and started hitting the gym.
For the first few years, I dabbled in more mainstream “weight loss” tactics like trying the newest fad diet and spending hours a week on cardio equipment. I eventually warmed up to the free weights section of the gym, but still really had no idea what I was doing. I hired a personal trainer for a few sessions and learned enough to be less intimidated by resistance training, but still felt like I needed more guidance. In 2013, I found CrossFit and that’s when everything changed.
After about 6 months of CrossFit training, our morning class converted into an unofficial weightlifting club. I loved the strength aspect of CrossFit and really wanted to get better at Olympic weightlifting. I continued to pursue this training style until I joined my first weightlifting club in 2015. This was about the time I had started working in a gym and knew that I wanted to become a coach!
I have now been a fitness professional for nearly 8 years! I’ve coached CrossFit, Weightlifting, Bootcamp classes, boutique strength training, and in-person private training. In 2019 I moved into the online space when I started coaching individuals on nutrition. In 2020 the Pandemic brought on a new wave of online clients that I coach virtually through Zoom and in 2022 I now create personalized programming and video feedback through an app!
Not only do I run my own virtual coaching business but I continue to train competitively in the sport of Olympic Weightlifting. I can’t believe how far my business has come in the last few years and I know this is only the beginning!
We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
I don’t really think there’s anything ‘smooth’ about starting your own business. What I have learned is that there’s never going to be a right time to get started so you just have to take action. Some of the things I’ve struggled with the most are imposter syndrome and self-doubt. It’s really tough to NOT compare yourself to everyone else you see on social media. For me, social media is my biggest platform to market myself and my services which means I have to show up there often. I struggle with showing up when I’m just “not feeling like it”.
I try to remind myself that I have a story to tell and other women to inspire and that’s what keeps me going at the end of the day.
Great, so let’s talk business. Can you tell our readers more about what you do and what you think sets you apart from others?
I offer virtual nutrition & fitness coaching where you get access to me + an app to help you reach your goals. I have been a fitness professional for nearly 8 years and the thing I love most about virtual coaching is that I can help SO many more people. I specialize in coaching women about balanced nutrition through flexible dieting and teaching them about strength training in order to feel their best.
One of the things I’m most proud of is that I truly try to remain as authentic as possible. I don’t edit or heavily filter my photos, I’ve never had any work done to my body that would hide what I truly look like, and I am an open book who is willing to share anything about my journey that might help someone else. I really care about my clients and the internal work, probably more than the aesthetic outcome. I want to help women see that there is so much more to “fitness” than doing cardio and eating less.
Feeling strong and fit is something that nobody can take away from you. It’s something you have to earn on your own and the benefits that come from doing so are limitless. My mission is to get as many women in the weight room as possible! I want to help them eliminate limiting beliefs about themselves along with finding balance and freedom with food. I want to help them transform their mind and soul which will allow them to continue prioritizing their fitness for the rest of their lives.
Are there any important lessons you’ve learned that you can share with us?
Ask for help. This one was tough for me for a long time. I thought for a long time I could do everything on my own, or I had to in order to consider myself a successful entrepreneur. But in reality, if you have people in your life who are willing to help you and let you lean on them when you need them, do it.
Something else I’ve learned is that genuine connection is way more important than status. Find your people and hang onto them. Success feels better when you’re surrounded by love and support.
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lindslay_dill/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/lindsay.marie.902/
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