Disrupting the Fitness Industry With a Hybrid Approach

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“Since the day it came to fruition, Pilates ProWorks has stayed true to its mission in providing affordable access to high-energy, Pilates-based group fitness classes that engage the core, break the norm and foster a sense of community and camaraderie among our members,” – Oscar Sanin, founder and CEO of Pilates ProWorks

This week on Franchise Today co-hosts Stan Friedman and Paul Segreto welcome as their guest, Oscar Sanin, founder and CEO of California-based, Pilates ProWorks. Oscar shares how in 2003, he followed his doctor’s recommendation and began to practice traditional Pilates as an alternative solution to surgery for severe injuries he had sustained in a 1994 plane crash. After experiencing Pilates firsthand, he soon realized the opportunity that lay before him to lead the charge on creating a new modern fitness movement based on traditional Pilates.

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Disrupting the Fitness Industry With a Hybrid Approach

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Clarifying Entrepreneurship

EntrepreneurshipWhy is their reluctance to say, I am an entrepreneur? I’ve been asked that question many times. Heck, I’ve asked that question of myself on more than one occasion. It seems, at times we’re more proud to call ourselves, Founder or CEO or to say, I’m a business owner. Why is that?

Are those titles more respectful than, entrepreneur? Yet, we hear of late, we’re in an entrepreneurial economy. So, is that a bad thing or a good thing, and especially if we have a hard time fully admitting to entrepreneurship? Or, should we just be entrepreneurial in how we approach our work, whatever that truly means? 

Are we claiming to be in an entrepreneurial economy to justify the disappearance of the lifelong career at one company and this is just a way to say we need to create and prove ourselves over and over again, and forget the gold watch?

Back to the reference of being an entrepreneur… Is there a stigma of being a dreamer, always looking for something better, bigger, faster as opposed to what some believe is mundane, repetitive work with the security of a paycheck? Often I hear it’s mostly due to yesterday’s immigrant mindset of being thankful to just have a job, yet it’s that same immigrant mindset that is the epitome of entrepreneurship. 

Living our fears

…we are living our fears.

Actually, I believe it’s because of fear – fear of failure, fear of what other people think, fear of the unknown, fear of the what if, fear of starting over, fear of change… But it’s when those fears are hit head-on and the adrenaline rush of success far outweighs those fears because you know, deep in your heart that you have a deeply ingrained talent that can and will make a difference.

Does that mean failures aren’t possible? Hell no, but it’s working through those failures, those blips, those aberrations that provide experience and resiliency to improve and innovate to make the next step, the next task, the next venture successful. That is entrepreneurship. And, it’s when I don’t consider what I do as entrepreneurship, is when failure mostly occurs. Conversely, it’s when I focus on what I do as an entrepreneur, complete with that thinking outside the box and failure is not an option perspective, and when focused more on results as opposed to opinion of others, THAT is when success mostly occurs.

Yes, I’m an entrepreneur. My focus will stay as such as it is not only good for me, it’s good for my family and for those that rely on me to help them achieve their wishes, hopes and dreams! Why? Because I believe in possibilities, as without them, there are none.

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