Prior to moving to California, Amanda Kloots performed in several musicals on Broadway before she decided to launch her own fitness brand. Though her business didn't immediately take off, she's grateful as to where she landed.
"It's amazing. I love challenging myself. I feel like we don't always have to be one thing since our lives change. You travel, you move, life changes. I love the idea we can keep changing and evolving over time. I've always been a big dream and somebody that loves to think about something and try to manifest it and make it come true. It's been really fun," the 41-year-old exclusively tells Morning Honey while discussing her partnership with Voltaren Arthritis Pain Gel.
The blonde beauty, who shares son Elvis with her late husband, Nick Cordero, said it can be "scary" to fail, but it's thrilling to attempt something new, especially if one succeeds. "If you try and it doesn't happen, at least you tried — and you learn something along the way. If you don't try, it never happens, and it never will," she shares.
These days, Kloots is a fierce business owner, running Amanda Kloots Fitness, but it hasn't always been easy.
"It didn't work out for the first eight months. I had nobody in my classes and I faked it until I made it. I put it out on social media, and I had a bunch of people in class cheering me on — but there was nobody there," she confesses. "In fact, a lot of times nobody would show up, and I would go home and cry to my husband. I would say, 'I don't understand why this isn't working.' But I kept pounding the pavement and kept working and fixing it and fine tuning it to make it more accessible and make it better and then it ended up working out."
"Building a business on your own is one of the hardest things you'll ever do, and you have to believe in it 100 percent every single day and be along for the ride," she adds.
Kloots had never started a business at that time and had no money to her name, and though she was going through a tough time in her life — feeling lost and unemployed — she took a big risk that paid off in the end. "To see it grow seven years later to what it has and be able to work with amazing companies is incredible," she gushes. "It's my baby. I love it so much. I love teaching. I love helping people. I love seeing people get stronger. I love seeing a community build and form. It's such an honor, and I am so thankful for my fitness business and the platform it's given me."
Since The Talk star is such a prominent figure in the fitness world, her partnership with Voltaren Arthritis Pain Gel made perfect sense. "During Dancing With the Stars I injured my thumb and I was diagnosed with arthritis in my thumb. I started using Voltaren on my own as a way to help the pain," she explains. "When they came to me about a partnership, I was like, 'This is a product I know and use and love!' I was honored. Movement is such a part of my life, and it's always been part of my life even before I had my own fitness company. Now, being a caregiver and knowing what it entails, I thought it's a wonderful idea to inspire caregivers to keep moving. Moving is such an important part of keep your body and mind strong."
While working with the brand, the mom-of-one created caregiver-specific exercises to help them prioritize their strength and well-being. "I worked wit the Voltaren team and we figured out what would be the most beneficial to others," she adds. "I wanted to try to break it up into three different segments where you focus on upper body and then lower body and then some full body exercises. These exercises are easy to access, and you don't have to go to a gym — you could be in pajamas, you could be in your kitchen, you could be hanging out in your living room. A lot of caregivers don't have that extra time and need those accessible exercises that are easy to follow but are helpful and assist someone to get into shape."