An Exclusive Interview with SlemFit Owner & Coach Emily Newton
Q: How long have you been in business and how did you decide to start SlemFit?
EN: I’ve been training on the side for the past five years, officially my LLC launched in June. When I was working in corporate setting, I got tired of waiting for people that I didn’t even know to see my value to decide to “promote” me. Honestly, it was about more than the money for me, I felt like my impact was being controlled by people I had never even met.
Q: Did you have business experience before you started SlemFit?
EN: SlemFit was officially started during COVID-19, however there were also clusters of time when I would attempt to go full time into coaching, but I was still operating under the employee mindset. My cushion would always be to go back and find another job instead of choosing to believe in myself.
Q: Where did you get the name SlemFit?
EN: When I was growing up my mom and my brother used to call me Slim, although I’m not really sure why lol. I honestly don’t even remember when or how the name came to me; I just know that it stuck.
When I changed my old Instagram handle to SlemFit, there was no one who spelling it like I chose to, so I took that as a sign. Slem stands for strength, love, empowerment, and movement. Coincidentally, all of that actually came to me in a dream, I heard people chanting “Strength, Love, Empowerment, Movement” and when I woke up, I heard it one more time and I was like, wow!
Q: What is your coaching philosophy for success?
EN: Do what you say you’re going to do, when you say you’re going to do it, when no one is watching.
Q: What does your typical day look like?
EN: I wake up and begin my morning routine (here are a few things that I do, I drink 25 oz water, make my bed, and practice gratitude). First thing I hear in the morning is my true self doctrine, and then afterwards something inspirational while I head to my first class or client. My break is midday, and it’s also when I do my admin stuff, study, exercise, and daily work/growth habits. After my second wave of classes or clients and depending on the day, I’ll meet with my mentors, group facetime, or go for a walk. At 10 pm I cut my do not disturb on and begin my power down routine.
Q: What has surprised you about business ownership?
EN: I was surprised by the amount of work I had to do on myself before my business began to grow. I was under the impression that my business would grow because I was going to work hard on the tangible aspects of the business. All of which are important, but the intangible things like my attitude, integrity, and growth mindset is what has helped to grow SlemFit the most.
Q: What was your first job? And how did it shape or impact you?
EN: My first job was at Wendy’s; it was my first experience in customer service and dealing with people. It impacted me because it taught me how to think on my feet and be resourceful.
Q: What’s one lesson you’ve learned in your career that you can share with our audience?
EN: Whatever you don’t face head on (i.e. challenges and roadblocks), will repeat over and over again until you overcome it. For me personally, it always been putting myself out there, getting in front of people, speaking etc., in all areas of life (professionally, financially, emotionally). While this is something, I am currently working on every day I am fully aware that this is an opportunity of growth for me.
Q: Which woman inspires you and why?
EN: KaisaFit was one of the first women on IG that I connected with. I admire her because she is 100% her true self no matter what anybody says, and she is using her platform to share a positive message.
Q: What advice would you give to young women who want to purse their dream and start a business?
EN: The world needs courageous women so much, someone is waiting on you to take that leap of faith, to quit your job, and to be your true authentic self. Change is simply an expansion of something that already lives inside of you, it’s just waiting on you to make a choice.
Five Things About Emily Newton SlemFit
1. If you could talk to one famous person past or present, who would it be and why?
I would talk to Kobe Bryant to ask him if he knew that he was going to transition at age 41, would he have done anything different in his lifetime?
2. What’s your workout routine?
It depends on the day however my warm-up is pretty similar with each workout it lasts between 7-12 minutes, I usually begin with some foam rolling to loosen up my muscle tissue, then static stretching, and dynamic movements. The warmup is the most important part of the workout in my opinion, it helps me mentally and physically prepare for my main lift or most intense part.
3. What’s your favorite part of the workday?
When I’m heading back to the gym to close out my day with clients or class, I’m usually pretty amped on the way there!
4. What app can’t you live without?
5. Do you have any hobbies?
Yes, I love music, I enjoy making playlists for certain moods, days of the week, and long trips. I have a piano in my room that I play occasionally just for fun. I love to travel, go for walks/hikes, and be surrounded by water. I am very competitive, so I also enjoy board/card games with my friends.