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Inspiring Conversations with Pauline Pompei of Power by Pita

Today we’d like to introduce you to Pauline Pompei.

Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
Growing up, I was not athletic or formally exposed to sports. In my culture, and being a first-generation child of Vietnamese parents, the priority was getting a good education and bringing home even better grades so that I could find a stable job and provide for my family.

While I wasn’t “athletic”, I was very active in my free time, having two older brothers. I was always playing basketball, baseball, racing, etc. with the boys. As much as I wanted to participate in extracurricular activities like sports at school, I never felt like I “fit in” with my peers or had mentors to look up to that looked like me or understood me.

It wasn’t until college did I realize that I needed to do something for both my physical and mental health. I was really struggling after college graduation, dealing with trauma and grief after losing a friend right after we celebrated such a joyous moment, then picking up my life 3 weeks later and moving from my only home in Philadelphia to New York City alone to start my career. It was overwhelming, to say the least. My mental health took a major hit, and I found myself not knowing where to really turn for help.

Fortunately, I turned to fitness, starting with running, then strength training (& really fell in love), and realized how physical fitness can have a profound impact on all aspects of my life, not just my physical health. While I started my career in corporate, I always had a passion for helping others and promoting health and fitness. Eventually, I took the leap of faith to leave a successful career and start my own business where I focus on helping people start their fitness journeys and never look back.

Through lots of trial and error, training and education, I found the career path that I love and now am able to share what I have learned with others. I truly love helping and connecting with people and the sense of community involved in coaching.

I am whole-heartedly grateful for my personal journey and for finding fitness later in life. I realized I did not have to be a formal athlete to be athletic. Fitness and training have transformed my life in so many ways and taught me that it is never too late to invest in my health and well-being. It taught and still teaches me how to build and maintain confidence, mental resilience, and knowing when to rest and recover.

As a coach, I just want to be able to share that impact. Especially with people who, like me, did not have a role model to look up to, so shy away from the sport. To this day, I still rarely see many AAPI coaches and trainers and I would like to be at the forefront of changing that.

My core values are focused on inclusion and helping people focus on their training and health in a safe and inviting environment because physical training is for everyone.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle-free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
It has been far from a smooth road in my journey but truly I would not change it looking back. I dealt with a lot of imposter syndrome, self-doubt, and wondering if I could be successful for quite some time. It only held be back but forced me to continue to learn and get uncomfortable.

In my own fitness journey, I did a lot of trial and error (yo-yo dieting, doing random workouts I found on social media, etc.) and it took time and patience to figure out what I truly loved to do in order to be consistent and stick to my training so that I could, in turn, become a better coach to my clients. I went from being so critical of my body to loving it for what it brings me everyday – the ability to move and do the things I love. I could care less about how my body looks today.

As you know, we’re big fans of Power by Pita LLC. For our readers who might not be as familiar what can you tell them about the brand?
Power by Pita is a health and fitness coaching service. I focus primarily on empowering people to build healthier lifestyles through movement and nutrition. My primary training focus is strength training whether you have access to a gym or at home with just a few pieces of equipment. I truly feel you can transform your fitness with just kettlebells, dumbbells, resistance bands and a jump rope! My absolute favorite tool is the kettlebell.

I love helping everyday people identify their path to fitness and a healthier lifestyle. I help introduce small, actionable habits people can easily integrate into their lifestyles to make fitness a part of their lives as opposed to adding to their lives.

My goal is to help empower you to build not only physical strength, but mental strength and the confidence in ways you can not only love, but stick with forever.

We’re always looking for the lessons that can be learned in any situation, including tragic ones like the Covid-19 crisis. Are there any lessons you’ve learned that you can share?
Hiring a fitness & health coach can be incredibly impactful, even in the virtual/online space! I have clients that have made more progress and are able to be consistent than they ever have before in working with me virtually. I encourage people to break down pre-conceived notions and barriers before discounting how accessible and valuable virtual coaching can be.

Contact Info:

  • Email: pompeipauline@gmail.com
  • Website: www.powerbypita.com
  • Instagram:@powerbypita / @pitabeleza

Image Credits
Suzy Goodrick Photography

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