Tracy Vaughn - Woman to Watch Class of 2013
Founder/General Manager/PT/Instructor, Rockstar Gym
TITLE: Founder/General Manager/PT/Instructor
COMPANY: Rockstar Gym
Rockstar Gym is dedicated to making clients better through functional training. At Rockstar, you're not just a member of some gym or club. You are part of an elite group of individuals. YOU are a ROCKSTAR! Since 2008, Rockstar has prided itself on personal attention. From private training, group training, workshops or classes, we want you to feel like a Rockstar! Our most recent accomplishment is the expansion of Rockstar to a new facility that is three times our prior size, and the sale of Rockstar Gym to new owner Steve Stahl.
I have been in the fitness industry for over 25 years. For 14 years, I was the Director of Fitness for a few large health clubs in the Michiana area. In starting Rockstar in 2008, it was a personalized training studio with an emphasis on kettlebell training. I have lived in Elkhart all my life and am married to Mike, with two wonderful sons Nick (18) and Tony (16).
WHEN I GREW UP I WANTED TO BE...
An artist. I loved to be creative in every way imaginable.
HOW DID YOU CHOOSE THIS LINE OF WORK?
I chose this profession because I love to make people feel better, look better and have confidence in everything they do. I love instructing classes in the hopes that I thoroughly entertain you into burning lots of calories and achieving your best.
Not sure...I can't imagine not striving for it day in and day out.
Rockstar raises money yearly and participates in events for March for Babies (March of Dimes), JNS Foundation and American Heart Association.
Continuing education is a very important aspect of the fitness world. I attend yearly conventions on new and/or improved methods of training, equipment and other business related topics. NATIONAL CERTIFICATIONS: AFAA CPT, AFAA Primary Group Fitness, Johnny G. Spinning, Lemond Advanced Cycling, Kick Fit Kickboxing, Body Pump, Pre/Postnatal by Healthy Expectations, CPR/AED Certified and AOS Certified Kettlebell Trainer.
WHY I LOVE MY JOB
Changing peoples’ lives and also mentoring other trainers/instructors to do what they do best!
To step back and enjoy, once again, what got me to where I am today. Motivating others to be their best or want more for themselves.
Best business advice you ever received and who gave it? Go for it! (From my husband, Mike.)
Who professionally inspires you? Todd Durkin - very sucessful gym owner, trainer and motivator. Pink! The right attitude and hard work go a long way.
What is your biggest pet peeve? Laziness and not being prepared.
What was your first job? Assistant Credit Manager for Riblet Products, Elkhart, IN at age 21
Where would you go on your dream vacation if cost and time were not a factor? Some tropical area where only the famous people go!
What is your favorite stress-reliever? Riding my Harley.
If you were to describe yourself as a shoe, what kind would you be and why? A black leather boot with fringe. It's chic, stands out and it’s edgy!