We had the good fortune of connecting with Marla Farrell and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Marla, how does your business help the community or world?
Being physically fit helps us all in more ways than one. Just being able to do all the things life requires of us is the most useful. But feeling good is my favorite part. I know if I didn’t exercise most days of the week I would not feel like exercising most days of the week. Funny how that works. So of course I want to share that feeling with my community. Especially now that we’re going through such a socially isolated time with Covid-19, I feel it’s very important to keep people moving. Staying physically fit is one of the best ways to combat the disease. I very happy to say most of my clients have continued to work out with me during this odd time.
Can you give our readers an introduction to your business? Maybe you can share a bit about what you do and what sets you apart from others?
I am a Personal Trainer. What I do differently than the others is I talk to my clients about what they LIKE to do, what they don’t like to do & I create a program around that. For example if a client wants to start running, I run with them. If they want to get faster, we work on drills, etc to help with that. I had one client that wanted to participate in a marathon, so we worked on just getting her to run a 5K without stopping, then we worked on her speed. She participated in the marathon & finished. I don’t just create a program & force it on my clients. My goal is to create a program around the things a client LIKES to do so they enjoy it & want to continue working out with me. They achieve some success & learn to love exercise & want to continue it on their own. That’s my focus & goal! Listening to my clients is how I arrived at where I am today. The longevity I have with my clients can only happen If I’m there for them. I believe I have a good reputation because I am honest, very dependable, and very caring. I have probably only cancelled less than 5 appointments in 5 years. Probably the biggest lesson I’ve learned is not every client is a good client just because you want the business. I am very respectful of people’s time & I expect the same in return. Some clients cannot do that because of their job or other reasons. I take my business very seriously. I take my workouts very seriously. I ask my clients to do the same thing. If you don’t treat your health like it’s a priority, nobody else will.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
For a casual hang out I like 811 on Main St. in Frisco. They have good bites, fun drinks & best part is the back yard w/fire pits, lights & live music. For a nice dinner I like a few places. One is the Star. Good Dallas Cowboy trivia there. Lincoln D Prime Restaurant is beautiful, & elegant. And Tupelo Honey is delicious. I like La Hacienda Ranch for Mexican food. I love the smell of that place & their original Mariano’s margaritas!
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I would have to say I owe a huge amount of credit to my husband, Rich. He is the one that first said to me “start your own business!” I don’t think I would have taken that leap without those words of encouragement. He is an entrepreneur so this train of thought comes easily to him. I also have to thank my clients. I’ve had so many of them help me on social media by giving testimonials or with their referrals of new clients. I’ve heard it said that referrals are the best form of a compliment and for that I am grateful.
Linkedin: Marla Farrell
Facebook: A Body in Motion Stays in Motion @TrainingwithMarla
Yelp: A Body in Motion