BBW MEMBER INTERVIEW: Helen Newell, Personal Trainer, Nutrition, and Mindset Coach

BBW MEMBER INTERVIEW: Helen Newell, Personal Trainer, Nutrition, and Mindset Coach

What is your name and occupation?

Helen Newell, Personal Trainer, Nutrition, and Mindset Coach

How long have you been a Boston Business Women’s Member?

Less than a year.

What is your instagram handle?

@Helennewellfitness

What is your Linked in URL?

https://www.linkedin.com/in/helen-newell-96800a1a7/

Were you born and raised in Boston? If not, what brought you here?

I am from Maine originally but I am in Boston because I am a violinist attending berklee college of music.

Tell us more about your job or company and what led you to your career?

3 years ago, I fell deep into an eating disorder. Since recovering, I’ve developed a strong love for lifting weights and helping other women overcome their fears. I found my love of training others in Boston and now I am working both online and in person so that I can reach as many people as possible. My work focuses very deeply on the connection between a mental health and physical health. I teach my clients how to break away from the all or nothing mindset and we focus on finding a way of exercising and eating that is healthy for you mentally and physically. This is my dream job and I am endlessly thankful that I’ve found my way here.

What would your clients say about you and your company?

My clients love the focus on mental health in my coaching. They love getting strong mentally and physically and love learning about the “why”’s in fitness and nutrition. My clients usually learn a lot about myth busting in the industry and how a lot of the stuff they were told isn’t actually true! It’s really empowering seeing people understand this and break away from that mindset that society has taught them.

What is the best advice you’ve ever received?

When we started dating, my boyfriend taught me how to take a break. This is the best advice I’ve ever received because it has taught me to not feel like everything is a crisis. It’s very easy to fall into a victim mentality sometimes and I have learned how to shift this by giving myself a break and not taking anything too negatively!

What is your favorite book?

I’m crazy and I love reading nonfiction books about fitness and nutrition! I actually haven’t read a fun fiction book in a while! But in high school, I loved the book “The Bluest Eye” by Toni Morrison! She writes amazing, insightful novels that make you think hard about the human experience. Highly recommend!

What is your secret weapon? An app, a tool, a organization method, anything?! (Can be a personal or professional life tool)

My secret weapon is giving myself a break. I grew up in a very intense family where we always had to do something amazing and never got a break. This has helped me accomplish many things, but now I am learning how to balance my emotional health along with my accomplishments and that is the true key to being successful!

What is your most recent WIN? How are you slaying in your career or business?

My most recent win is launching a 12 week course for women that gives them everything that I know in an informational course, personalized training and nutrition one on one with me, and a community of other women where they can all support each other and go through the journey together!!! This course has been super successful so far and it is absolutely amazing seeing the transformation of the women in it! It is all online so it’s low commitment too!

What advice would you give to your younger self?

I am not one to regret my past. If I hadn’t had my eating disorder I would have never had this first-hand experience that I can share with my clients who are struggling with the same things! I am very proud of my past, but I would tell my younger self to take more time off of doing things. It always works out and I put too much of a burden on myself when I should have been enjoying the process more!

How do you enjoy your free time?

I love taking naps, playing music, and going swimming! Any adventure or spontaneous trip is super fun for me!

What is something that not many people know about you?

I am actually also a professional violinist and I play both folk and classical music! I love teaching violin to my students and I love playing music!

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