I have been watching this amazing lady since she took over the Gold's Gym in Totowa NJ. She is truly the definition of strength and determination.
Gina is someone to follow if you are looking to save a business or start a new one. She and her husband are friends of the community and build strong relationships, which is an important character to have in
any successful business.
Tell us about your business and how you became the successful business woman you are today.
My name is Gina Mortman, I own the Gold's Gym of Totowa NJ. My husband Jeff & I are business partners. Last year we took on quite the challenging task of completely renovating our 40,000 square foot facility. We purchased this iconic gym in August of 2017 and we had a vision for making it one of the best gyms in Northern New Jersey. Our beautiful club has been completely renovated, painted, all new cardio equipment along with more strength equipment to our already huge offering, added staff, added cutting edge fitness classes & programs, newly renovated women's only work out studio within the gym, redone basketball court, new 5,000 square foot turfed functional training area added, more healthy options added to our shake bar, expanded our Kids Club to be double the size with added Kids Gaming Lounge and so much more! I am a hands on owner and involved in every aspect of the business. However, my main focus is our Social Media, PR & Advertising and group fitness classes & programs.
Describe yourself in three words:
Passionate, Genuine, Loyal
What do you consider your greatest professional achievement?
I would say taking on this challenge of buying this business at this stage of life. This is not a business I had any experience in nor did my husband. My background was in the Fashion Industry as a Buyer/Designer followed by being a full time stay at home mom. We were members of this gym for 6 years prior to buying. When we decided to buy this business we knew it needed updating and would be something completely different and a challenge for us both. I was very excited for the challenge and get such a thrill every time we complete a project or bring in something new. I truly love seeing our members happy. I just want a place that they love coming to, that allows them to live a happy & healthy life. So honored to be a part of their fitness journey!
What are your professional goals for the next six months?
We just launched our new "Gold's Fit" Functional Group Training Program so getting the word out about this amazing new program is definitely a goal.
We also do a ton of community events. This December once again, we will be collaborating with The Marine's running the "Toys for Tots" program at our gym where we are an official drop off site for gifts for less fortunate children in the North Jersey area. Last year we donated a ton of gifts thanks to our generous community of members. Hoping to do the same this year!
What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
A Veterinarian or a Zoologist. I am and always have been a crazy animal lover!
How do you maintain a work/life balance?
It is challenging! Running this business, 2 young kids and 3 dogs! I am a planner and try to plan out my weeks in advance as best as I can. My husband and I definitely love to sneak away for a few days here and there (we love Atlantic City!) and I also throw in nights with girlfriends as well...that's a necessity! I love girl time. Keeps me sane!
What websites do you visit every day?
Instagram & Facebook
What are your top three favorite people/places/things to do in your city?
My favorite place to work out is Gold's Gym of Totowa haha! No on a serious note, I do love working out and training at our gym. We have the most amazing energy, vibe & team....the BEST group Classes and Trainers...truly my happy place!
I love the city of Montclair to simply walk around, shop in all the cute boutiques, have lunch outside and bring all my fur babies to the Brookdale Dog Park!
Also enjoy going out for a nice dinner & cocktails. Love supporting all the great local restaurants in our community. Some of our fav's are The Sushi Lounge, Uncorked Wine Bar & Lounge and Nicolas Italian Restaurant all located in Totowa.
What is your goal for retirement?
Snowbirds! - NJ in Summer & Florida in the Winters
Do you have any advice for women who'd like to start their own company?
Whatever it is you MUST be very PASSIONATE about it. I am so very passionate about our business. I get such a thrill when our members are happy and tell us how much they are loving all that we are doing and all that we've done to enhance the Club. When they tell us how outstanding our energy is, our programs, our Kids Club....whatever. I love this business and our team. They are truly outstanding. They genuinely love the gym and this Iconic brand of ours. We all share the same desire to enhance peoples lives by doing all we can to give them the tools they need to live a healthy & fit lifestyle. We make people feel good about themselves inside and out....it's such a wonderful thing!
Any final comments?
Thank you for choosing me to be your Leading Lady Spotlight. This was fun!
I wish all the women reading this the very best of luck with whatever path you choose. You can most definitely slay your goals with some hard work and a lot of PASSION!
See links to contact Gina and Gold's Gym below...
We’ve all heard about “mindfulness,” but what does it actually mean?
Mindfulness is being aware of the moment you’re experiencing. It’s choosing to be present. It’s about being fully engaged in what’s going on without being distracted by random thoughts or actions that are taking place elsewhere.
The point of mindfulness is to improve your ability to focus and make better decisions. It sounds simple, but it’s a lot harder to practice than you think. That’s why it’s a good idea to teach the concept to children, starting at a young age. Ideally by the time they’ve reached adulthood, they’ll be effortlessly incorporating mindfulness into their everyday.
11 Essential Strategies for Teaching Mindfulness to Kids
1. Tense & Release
Have kids lie down and close their eyes. Tell them to take a deep breath in, hold it, and at the same time tighten as many muscles as they can: squeeze hands into fists, curl toes, raise shoulders, suck in bellies, squint eyelids. After a few seconds, breathe out and release all of the tension.
Ask how their bodies felt. Repeat the exercise and encourage them to pay close attention to the differences between “tense” and “relaxed.”
2. Walk with Purpose
Instead of rushing from point A to point B, guide the kids on a leisurely stroll. Tell them to open their eyes and ears and pay attention to whatever is around them. Try to walk for a minute or two in complete silence and see how that changes the experience.
3. Name the Smell
Make a game out of guessing certain scents. Find a quiet place; ask the kids to close their eyes. Give them something sweet, sour, salty and spicy to smell. Can they identify the items?
Repeat the exercise in a spot where there’s some noise. Is it harder for the kids to differentiate the smells when they’re distracted? Discuss ways to improve their focus and ability to hone in on one thing at a time.
4. Feel the (Heart)Beat
Have the kids sit in a circle with their hands over their hearts. Ask them to count their heartbeats for 30 seconds. Then let them run in a circle for one minute before stopping to feel and count their heartbeats. What did they notice? How does sitting and running impact their breathing and their bodies?
5. Daily Review
In the morning sit with your child in a quiet spot and reflect on the day ahead. Take turns naming three things you’re looking forward to doing in the next 12 hours.
Follow up in the evening. Did you manage to do those three things? Were they as you expected? If not, how could you have changed things for the better?
6. Breath Work
Since the concept of “meditation” may be too intense for some children, here’s a way to gently introduce meditative techniques: have kids lie on their backs and place a small object (or stuffed animal) on their bellies. Have them breathe normally and tell them to watch how it affects the object. Next, ask them imagine different things (floating on a river, resting on a cloud, etc.). How do they feel and what happens to the object?
7. Candle Meditation
This exercise must be supervised since it involves an open flame. Have children sit in a darkened room with a lighted pillar candle. Sit for one minute focusing on the light, and ask them to clear their minds of any other thoughts.
Does having a focal point (the flame) help or hinder the meditation? What else could you use to focus your mind?
8. Body Check
Have kids lie on the floor with their eyes closed. Explain that you will be “checking in” with their bodies, starting with their feet and moving up. First, tell them to focus on their toes and feet. Ask if they are warm or cold, tense or relaxed, light or heavy. Continue with the ankles, calves, knees, thighs, hips, bellies and up to their heads.
Before you finish, have them take a deep breath and exhale all of the tightness and heaviness out of their system.
9. Bedtime Routine
There are lots of ways to “wind down” at the end of the day. Find what works best for your kids and you. Whatever you choose, the key is to practice the routine every night until it becomes comfortable and second nature.
For example, you could light a candle and focus on the flame for one minute before blowing it out and doing a quick body scan (your child may fall asleep before the end of the exercise!). Or you could do a few rounds “Tense & Release” before settling into sleep.
10. Count the Moment
This is a quick and easy way to focus on your immediate surroundings and also diffuse feelings of anxiety or panic.
Take stock of what is around you by naming 5 things you can see, 4 things you can touch, 5 things you can hear, 2 things you can smell, and 1 thing you can taste.
11. “Shark Fin”
When kids have trouble paying attention, help them to regain focus with the “Shark Fin” technique.
Tell kids to open their hands and place the sides of their hands on their foreheads (like a shark fin). Ask them to close their eyes and slowly slide their hands down their faces while saying “sshhh.” Repeat up to three times.
Practice Capturing the Moment
Whether you’re an adult, a teen or a child, being mindful requires practice. The key is to start with simple “do-able” exercises. Approach the kids with enthusiasm and little to no expectations. And as long as they try their best, be sure to offer them positive reinforcement, no matter the outcome.
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