Today we’d like to introduce you to Susan Brudd.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Susan. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
In 2012, I decided to leave my job and dedicate myself fully to a career in fitness. I have always been passionate about fitness, but at that time, it had really helped me through some big life hurdles. I wanted to people to know that they had the power to change their situation and be in control of their happiness. I worked as a personal trainer and was quickly promoted to Director of Training at my gym. It was at this gym that I met a very special client, a man recovering from a traumatic head injury. He had numerous physical and neurological issues. I was so overwhelmed but at the same time I was so honored that he trusted me to guide him on his road to recovery. It was an amazing experience and it changed my life forever.
I moved to the city of Chicago in 2014 and got a job working as a rehab aide at an elite physical therapy clinic geared towards athletes and professional athletes. I wanted to increase my knowledge on how the body works, how it heals, and what to do with a client who was dealing with an injury or limitation. My original plan was to return to personal training, but I loved my job in therapy so much that I decided it wasn’t the right fit for me anymore.
I was first introduced to Pilates at the PT clinic – we used pilates reformers to supplement therapeutic exercise programs. I fell in love instantly and started taking Pilates classes to learn more about it. I was amazed at how it improved my back pain and how it helped me excel at the other physical activities that I loved to do.
By 2016, I had moved to Scottsdale, AZ and completed my Pilates certifications. I was working in a rehabilitation clinic, specialized in the aging population, that also used a pilates reformer as part of their programs. A devastating event caused this clinic to shut down abruptly and just like that, I was out of a job. I was terrified!
I decided this was the push I needed to go for it and completely dedicate my career to pilates.
I have to be honest, it has not been an easy road! I also could not imagine myself doing anything else and I am really happy that my journey has led me to where I am today.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
As I mentioned earlier, it has definitely been a rough road. I always felt like as soon as things would start to go smoothly, life would throw me some huge hurdle and it would get rough again. I would just regroup, sit and think about what my plan would be.. what was my ultimate goal at that moment and how could I get there? How could I make my situation better? It can be overwhelming but I learned to just start with the small things/tasks that were in my reach and then take the next step from there.
I also learned that I couldn’t get anywhere without the help and support of my family and close friends. I had to learn to accept the help that was being offered to me. It is absolutely crucial to have a strong support system.
I am forever grateful to all of the people who have helped me over the years!
So let’s switch gears a bit and go into PhysInc Pilates story. Tell us more about it.
I’ve dedicated my business to Pilates instruction on a personal level. I typically only see clients privately or in a group of two. Each person is so unique – different body structures and different needs. I feel that I can serve them best with this model of instruction and make sure that they get what they need most out of the session. I have a wide variety of clients both men and women: athletes, non-athletes, those with previous injuries, some with spinal conditions, active disc issues, seniors, etc. Pilates is appropriate for any body type.
I would say I am most known for my work with special populations. I tend to have clients who are age 40 and up who have very specific issues and spinal conditions. They need an instructor who knows which type of exercises are appropriate for them and which are not. In the wrong hands, there is a risk of further injury. So, I am most proud of that – that they have chosen me and trust me to guide them.
What I love most is building relationships with my clients. I have been able to work with really amazing people and most of my clients become life-long friends.
Who do you look up to? How have they inspired you?
My mother, Judi, inspires me always in that she is so kind-hearted. She is always the first person to lend a helping hand or a shoulder to cry on. Secondly, is my sister Teresa. I am blown away at her achievements and how she has been able to persevere through all of the challenges that have come her way. She is my true heroine!
In my career, I have been so lucky to have two amazing mentors! Lisa Bettini-Moro saw something special in me and took me under her wing at her studio PACE Pilates in Phoenix, AZ. She believed in me and I am so grateful for her mentorship! Carolyn Geerling-Goryl of Pilates with Care in Cave Creek, AZ has also had a huge impact on my career. She continues to be a mentor for me and also a great friend.
All of these women have been true role models for me and continue to motivate me to do great things… So, thank you to all of you!
- Single session: $80
- Package of 5: $375
- Package of 10: $700
- Website: www.physincpilates.com
- Phone: 708-525-6121
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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