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Meet Trailblazer Amanda Hendren

Today we’d like to introduce you to Amanda Hendren.

Amanda, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I grew up as the daughter of entrepreneurs – sitting in on business meetings as a young kid and working in my parents business’s growing up, I learned alot about what it took to start a business, I learned from their successes and mistake and mostly learned persistence and that’s it all about relationships. In high school, I got introduced to fitness and weightlifting and when I graduated, I was trying to figure out what I wanted to do as a career and the only thing I was really passionate about was Fitness, so I got my degree Kinesiology and health promotion and moved out to Denver where I met my now husband. We were both working as Personal trainers downtown both had a dream of opening our own gym one day to have a greater impact on the community. Fast forward a few years, we took the leap and opened CrossFit Vantage in 2012 in a tiny 1200 space in the Highlands, from there, we moved into a 3000 square foot faculty expanding our space and impact and now we are in hopefully or last home in Wheatridge where or vision of a complete wellness center is coming to life! In the midst of helping those around us transform their bodies, I began to see a component I really wanted to continue to help others transform and that was their mental health and thus begins my coaching business as a coach, to help people be the best versions of themselves physically and mentally.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
Obstacles… of course, but after so many, you start to look at them as opportunities. Hmm, well, I could write a list, financing, staffing, space issues, growing pains as a leader, ahh, there have been many. When we first opened our CrossFit Gym, our first location was under an apartment complex- needless to say, the tenants there were not fans of our noise- but we had signed a three year lease and we were quickly growing out of space, after a lot of negotiation, we were allowed out of our lease but only had a couple of months to find a new place which is not easy in Denver, but we persisted and it worked out beautifully.

Advice for other women; The life of an entrepreneur is that of a roller coaster, never get comfortable as the only constant is to change as in life and that’s the beauty and the curse. When you first get started, you need to have a real conversation with yourself about “Why” and determine what feeling, what goal, what impact your really after, what are you willing to do and not do, after that conversation with yourself, write yourself a letter to read when times get hard to remind yourself what the hell is that you’re doing and why you’re doing it because in the day to day, it can be hard to remember!

Please tell us more about your work, what you are currently focused on and most proud of.
I am Co-Owner of Vantage Movement and founder of Lifescape. Vantage Movement is a Fitness and Wellness Center, we are the Home of CrossFit Vantage, and offer a variety of fitness options from kids, personal training to HIIT training and we house a number of businesses under our brand including BirthFit Wheatridge, Back 2 Movement Chiropractic and Rise Nutrition and Wellness. Our goal is to create a holistic approach to wellness and create a one of a kind member experience. We seek to transform folks in body and mind.

Lifescape is a new offshoot of Vantage Movement that will be also be coaching but instead of fitness, it will be on goals, life, business and leadership and doing it in fun spaces and sometimes include physical activity (outside, retreats, etc.). The expression of Lifescape is still coming to fruition but was started as a way to help people transform more than just their bodies. I believe that as humans, we have unlimited potential when we live on purpose, with purpose, and into our gifts and I want to help people do just that!

In short, I seek to create better humans to make a better world!

What’s the most important piece of advice you could give to a young woman just starting her career?
Decide: Decide what you want, decide what the non- negotiable are, be patient and KFG (keep f’n going).

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Sarah Addy Photography

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