If you ask Linda Mitchell what the one thing is that women struggle with the most, she’ll say that it’s taking time for themselves.
She says that it’s about realizing that you, as a woman, are worth the time it takes to ensure that you are caring for yourself. “It isn’t selfish, it’s self-care,” says Mitchell. “If you don’t believe you’re worth it, you won’t take the time to invest in yourself. What I think it really boils down to is realizing that you are worth taking time for and that it is important to take time for yourself and make yourself a priority, and it’s OK to make yourself a priority.
To help women love themselves from the inside out, Mitchell launched The Chickfit Studio. “At Chickfit, our priority is building women’s self-confidence,” says Mitchell. “Our belief is that their newfound self-love will transfer into giving support and love to one another. Self improvement equals empowerment.”
And Mitchell is more than qualified to help women reach that point of empowerment. As an Institute of Integrative Nutrition graduate and an award-winning fitness competitor, Mitchell is also the author of The Sisterhood of S.W.E.A.T. (Strong Women Empowering Achieving Together).
Mitchell was inspired to open The Chickfit Studio after she found that deep down in her heart she wanted to do something that was worthwhile and made real, lasting changes in people’s lives.
“I went in a new direction,” explains Mitchell. “My mission is women and I’m completely all about them and I really always have been. I think I just didn’t realize the magnitude of what I wanted to do. I opened The Chickfit Studio after working as a group fitness director and personal trainer for about 25 years. After being open for a while I decided to write a book and it really evolved and become The Sisterhood of S.W.E.A.T. The book and the studio are all about helping women build confidence and self-esteem and learning to feel 100% great about themselves.”
Mitchell says that what makes her book the most unique is that it isn’t just another run of the mill gym book dictating people on what to eat. “It’s about how we really feel from the inside out and how we can support and love one another to all achieve rather than compete with each other,” she adds.
Her book became an outlet for Mitchell to bring women together and make it a community in which we can build each other up. “The focus of The Chickfit Studio is to be gentle, be kind, and love on one another. Chickfit is all about building each other up with encouragement and support,” she says.
Mitchell also wants to help women who want to get back into being fit and healthy.
“Women tend to be their own worst enemy sometimes, thinking it’s all or nothing. You need to give yourself a pass to suck until you don’t,” she says. “I see this time and time again. People come to class or start an exercise regimen while being so worried about what everyone else is doing and whether they are keeping up or not with the 25-year-old doing 100 reps at the speed of light. My advice to them is that slow and steady wins the race. Don’t blow yourself out. Don’t worry about what everyone else is doing. You will get there on your own time. Focus only on what you can do today, then tomorrow it will be more, and, before you know it, the others will have trouble keeping up with you.”
Classes available at The Chickfit Studio include group classes like First S.W.E.A.T. Chickcamp Bootcamp, Chick-Boxing, TRX Suspension training, running coaching, hot yoga, and Kangaroo Kardio in Kangoo Jumps. They also offer one-on-one sessions or small group sessions. There are also health coaches available for your nutrition needs.