Passion….what does this word mean to you? I feel I have been blessed, to have passion in all the career choices I’ve made. I grew up in a household where you were expected to work at some point. My first experience was as a mother’s helper, the child was great, he was an only child with great and creative parents. They both taught me a lot as two separate people and will never be forgotten. My second job was as a stand-in dance instructor, again my ballet teacher gave me so much to learn from and the opportunity to teach young dancers very simple standard ballet moves was so much fun! My next opportunity was at a beauty supply store, what teenage girl didn’t like makeup hair products and a guarantee of 20% off.. I’ll take it!! My next job involved water, not something my siblings or parents would have ever thought I could love. I took a life guarding course with my friends prior to school letting out in our senior year, I didn’t think much of it just a fun time to spend at a pool with one of my favorite teachers and some fun people. Funny how life works out, I was in a catholic high school, a nun knew I had gotten certified and saw a job description at one of the casino pools cross her desk. She called my house immediately and spoke with my father who said get your behind over there and fill out an application. I remember taking the car (a big very big deal since it was my father’s greatest ever car and he finally made the last payments) going into AC dressed in what I thought was appropriate (later I figured out it may have been a bit too short;). The man in HR took one look at me and said I’m going to try and see if anyone can meet with you today (I often wonder if I looked that naïve or maybe it was desperation). My lucky day the supervisor was able to see me, as I found my way to the pool and spa area through security checks at the casino and the back of the house I finally walked down the hallway. Immediately I see a man whom says “You must be a Pollok I am too!” he shakes my hand and tells me his name is Ed. It wasn’t a long interview just a trot up to the pool and him saying will you work for me (code for will you show up and do your job!) I made sure that I put in there I was a rower and knew my way around a gym as well (as this was coached by my mother prior to leaving the house). I left and proceeded home, as it turned out Ed was so impressed he called my house before I could even arrive telling me I had the job (of course my father took the message and relayed it immediately upon my arrival home in his prized possession car) I never would have thought it but working at Trump Plaza Casino turned out to be the most life changing “jobs” I ever took. First off I found my husband, Ed the man that hired me also married me. Together we started Nawrocki Fitness in 1999, we were a well known couple that provided aqua aerobic classes at various resorts and condos it grew into personal training and seminars. And when I finished my Public Health degree we moved to Philly. My next career move was working with researchers and pathology labs, as well as various other organizations providing human tissues for research projects. Again I became passionate about my work, but working in an office just wasn’t enough. So in 2008 I decided after a long period of watching the fitness industry grow and being a part time member I wanted the full time responsibility once again. I have realized since 2008 the fitness industry has become just like any other corporate landscape. Owners go into it with the notion that they can delegate and be successful, some have and others I feel have lost what it stands for. Yes I want to see my clients get results and I believe they do, but it is even bigger then that for me. I want to see people change their lives, many times our unhealthy behavior is triggered by emotional baggage and the halted feeling that we can’t overcome. This is a human response, almost a coping mechanism for some, myself included at times. The individual approach can be very personal at times for myself (and Ed too) and the client. Our clients come and go sometimes we see them make such enormous strides and we support those reached goals, then they leave (some not by choice others just want to try it on their own) The hardest part is to run into those striving clients that had one set back and haven’t gained their footing again in a healthy lifestyle. Anyone that knows Ed and I know that we are not prudes, we believe in a good time and good food to go along with it, we also know how injury can really be a cog in the machine. That is why we strive to ensure that all the knowledge can be obtained about injuries and sickness, as well as the newest “trends” so that we can take the one on one, and class experience to it’s most genuine level.
The definition of passion to Nawrocki Fitness and myself is ensuring we go to all ends to educate ourselves, have the most sincere and realistic attitude towards your goals, and if you have to leave us that we leave the impression that just standing on your own two feet can be an accomplishment some days.