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I love this interview, because, I love my fitness instructor!! I have been attending Lisa Schrader’s fitness classes for a year and a half now and I just loooove going. It’s an all around great group of ladies, which I believe is fostered by Lisa, who is our instructor/owner of Blue Sky Fitness. I first saw the class in the Redmond Parks community catalog and the reason I decided to sign up is that she takes any fitness level. I did beg my neighbor to join me for support, but really it’s not something you need. Lisa and the other gals are super friendly and welcoming. And with Lisa getting to know all our needs, It’s like having a personal trainer in a small group setting! There are some that are super fit and some that are just starting out… Lisa’s magic pushes us ALL to get a great workout. I started from ground ZERO… and now I am loving how much I can do and I try to push my self each time. Feels good!
Who are you, and what do you do? Tell us a little bit about your business….
My name is Lisa Schrader. I am the owner of Blue Sky Outdoor Fitness. I am a certified personal fitness trainer and I am in my 5th year training in the great outdoors. Most of my clients refer to it as “bootcamp” but I like to call it my outdoor fitness class. I think it sounds less scary and my style is not as a drill sargent. We do strength training and cardio in an interval style format using some equipment, park benches and our own body weight. My goal for my clients is to reduce body fat, increase their lean mass and basically become more “fit”.
What do you love about your job?
I love my job! I feel so lucky to work in a beautiful outdoor setting and spend time with a group of wonderful woman all here for a common goal. I love providing a service that is so valuable and important to our health and well-being. The fresh air is an added bonus and it definitely is a mood booster. Beyond exercise, the best part of my job is bringing together women from all different backgrounds. I love to see them bond and support each other. It’s a great place to get advice for your pet, how to take care of our skin better, what’s the best sports bra and even how to make the best margarita in town.
Tell me a little about about how you got to where you own your business and doing what you love?
I am also a mom. I have two daughters Alexandra 14 and Maya 11. Before they were born and for a short time after, I worked in corporate America.
How do you balance being a working mom and business owner?
I knew once I became a mom, I wanted to find a job where I could have a good balance between family and working. My fitness business is a good fit for this balance. It allows me to be there for the girls when I’m needed and the best part is it’s also a good role model for their own health and fitness.
What are some of your favorite things to do? How do you like to relax?
On a personal note, some of my favorite things are also outside. I love to snowshoe in the winter and hike or bike in the summer. My favorite place to dine is any small intimate Italian restaurant by candlelight with a glass of great red wine. I like to read and when I get the time to do this, I find myself reading about fitness or nutrition. I find it so interesting and I can never get enough of it so that tells me I am in the right place.
JOIN US! Classes are held M/W/F’s from 9:30-10:30 at Perrigo Park. First class is FREE to try! We have a great group, and a lot of fun out there!
Here’s my list of why I love to workout outdoors:
1. Fresh air… feels great! And wearing layers works like natural air conditioning… we peel as we go! And we are not near a busy road, we are at Perrigo Park in Redmond so there are no stinky cars… just us and the birds over our heads.
2. Warm sunshine on sunny days – when it’s out it feels sooo good to lay in the sun for stretches after a good workout. It’s truly heaven!
3. Love to watch nature during a workout.
4. Lots of space – Lisa creates some really fun workout routines…laying out cones, circles, squares, etc. We get out the soccer balls, and jump ropes, jump hurdles, run backwards, run on a trail, etc. So much space to create all that and keeps it fresh!
5. We can be as loud as we want – we are outside! If we want to shout, no problem! We’ll shout!
6. It’s not stinky like the gym. PEEE U.
WOW! It unbelievable how quickly that time went and blows my mind when I think about being in business for 7 years! It’s not completely official yet as I was not quite in business until March of 2006 but these early months were a blur and I was shooting mainly friends to get all my business essentials in order. Things likes getting images for a website, getting a website (which I ended up building myself and was very proud of (#thankyouverymuch). How to show galleries, how to conduct an ordering session, how much to charge, and once I got the money… how do I pay uncle sam, and how do I pay myself? So much all at once. But I feel very proud of myself for getting thus far. I must say, owning and running a business is very much like raising a child. It grows and changes constantly. Each year I am in business it’s a very different year… all moving in a positive direction. :)
THANK YOU clients and friends, family. The business would be nothing without you and your support! Especially the Neal, Kawaguchi & Porterfield families, who have stuck with me from the very beginning! :) I was just looking back at some of the earlier photographs …oh my! My style/work has changed so much – but aside from that, what really speaks to me is that I was able to capture those moments in time and compare them to see a family and children grow. I often go back through my own images of my children and am amazed by the changes children go through. Truly a magnificent thing.
Last year was record year for me in terms of number of families and kids I photographed. :) It was amazing! I felt like I have all the tools in my belt, so to speak, for shooting in the studio now. I recently made some changes to the studio to make it even better… like I mentioned, it’s an ever growing and changing thing.
2012 in review:
Just finished a commercial project with a stunning model in downtown Bellevue. Loved working with the downtown city/urban elements at this building. Here are a few of my favorites from this shoot.