Recipients of the College of Human Ecology’s Entrepreneur Award from Kansas State University- Kristie & Michelle

The Trasey Twins are experts in fitness training and nutrition and formed TwinFitness to help women achieve health and fitness goals.

Recipients of the College of Human Ecology’s Entrepreneur Award from Kansas State University- Kristie & Michelle

Kristie & Michelle, “The Twins” of TwinFitness- 
 are the 2016 recipients of the College of Human Ecology’s Entrepreneur Award
from their Alma Mater – Kansas State University!

This award recognizes a Human Ecology graduate’s entrepreneurial spirit and success in business through making contributions and providing leadership in community affairs, organizations and service groups and have demonstrated support of K-State and the College of Human Ecology.
We got up close & personal with the twins and asked them about their response to winning this prestigious award, along with some other questions we think you will enjoy.
Michelle: When we got the call that we won this amazing award, I couldn’t believe it! This is one of the MOST honorable awards we have ever received! We spent a lot of time on the KSU campus – it was our second home for many years!  Getting this award means the world to us!
What advice do you have for someone else wanting to start their own business?

Kristie: Hold on tight – it’s a bumpy ride! Don’t get too “high” with the highs or too “low” with the lows, slow & steady wins the race. Don’t give up when times are tough. It’s the best feeling ever when you succeed!
What is your vision for the future of TwinFitness & the Elite Coaching Team? 

Kristie: To continue to empower women and to add support & encouragement to every girl wanting to compete – no matter what shape they start in!
What is your favorite part of what you do in your work each day?
Michelle: Helping others reach their goals! It’s all about them for the entire hour! They might come in having a bad day, but my goal is that they leave happy! Helping people is a true passion of mine!

What do you do to stay in shape as busy moms in your 40’s?
Kristie: There is NO magic pill, it takes dedication and hard work. I exercise, and I seldom miss working out 5 days a week. It’s part of who I am. It’s a stress relief, the ONE thing I do for myself, & it starts off my day well! As far as nutrition I never let it get out of control. I look at food as fuel not as pleasure. I have watched what I ate since I was in high school.
Michelle: Every day I get up and start my day with my workout. If I don’t, it doesn’t get done! I love having that uninterrupted time to think about the day and what needs to be done.  I ALWAYS have food in my cooler and I NEVER leave home without a TwinFitness protein shake and cashews, just in case I get stuck at work or at my daughters’ school.

What excites you the most about the future of the fitness industry?
Kristie: The virtual side of the industry has exploded!  I love that we can expand our business to help anyone who has access to the internet – now that is cool!
What advice do you have for someone wanting to work in the fitness industry?
Michelle: Remember, it’s about YOUR CLIENTS and not about YOUR workouts and/or nutrition plans. The BIGGEST mistake a trainer can make is expecting clients to do their workouts and eat the same as they do.  That is setting everyone up for failure.
What advice do you have for someone considering competing at a NPC show?

Kristie: It is the best thing you will ever do for yourself, but it is also the hardest thing you will ever do! ANYONE can succeed with the right guidance and support!
What advice do you have for some who is out of shape and/or overweight who wants to get into shape and/or lose weight?
Michelle: Trust one person and follow what they want you to do. If you have a problem with something, reach out to them.  As trainers we want to help each person, but we can’t help if clients don’t communicate with us. Also, be HONEST with them. Lying about your workouts and nutrition is only going to frustrate both of you. Losing weight and changing habits are NOT fun. Make small changes and stay consistent. As we always say – consistency over time is the key to success!