Somewhere between Stone Ave. and the unending sea of red brake lights in front of her, Alyssa Galios knew life needed to change.
"There has to be a different solution," she said.
Like so many late 20s Seattle strivers, Galios tried to make a gym run her nightly routine after work. Crippling drives (rain or shine) brought out the aggressive side of the passive-aggressive when a simple trip from Greenlake to her Ballard gym took nearly an hour.
“Then I would get to the gym. Half of the machines I wanted were taken. The other half I didn’t know how to use,” Galios recalled.
We know those feels.
Bust butt all day, battle traffic home, battle traffic to the gym, and then be too exhausted and intimidated to even make a half-hearted stab at crunches or cardio.
So she struck out on her own, weaving together a powerful and deeply personal story with an entrepreneurial spirit to keep people out of traffic and at home with their loved ones.
All while sweating.
“I knew that this was an option, but I didn’t know how to achieve it," Galios said.
Options haven't always been something she's had the luxury of enjoying.
Galios lost her husband Nick Magnotti in 2013 after a two-year fight with cancer. Their daughter Austyn was less than a year old.
Her deep faith pushed her to continue working as best she could working remotely from home and tending to baby Austyn.
Yet there was a gnawing pang of desire for more purpose and direction, especially after everything that had happened.
"I didn’t have that personal connection and I felt super lonely," Galios said.
The bubbly and infectious charisma turned to life coaching infused with some faith.
That turned to new love with (now-husband) Jay Galios.
But that wedding dress...a little more snug that Alyssa was hoping for.
So came together the great confluence of a impending deadline, an inexpensive dress, zero free-time and a tech-friendly business model all wrapped into one.
Galios had figured a way to take a different spin with on-demand workouts by using texts, Facebook messenger, motivating video missives, and digital guides for clients looking to lose weight.
She can be a personal trainer that connects remotely across the country and "nearly always available."
“You don’t have to make it somewhere by a certain time. You don’t have to find childcare for your kid," Galios said.
Because it's entirely online, the program can be adjusted depending on the day. If someone needs a specific walkthrough, Facebook Live, Skype, or FaceTime are there for Galios to pop up in her own home or on the road.
In the past, accountability has been huge for trainers to be involved. You paid them money to show up to gym and be there with you, right?
But the telecommute philosophy pushed by Galios and others makes the motivation a buzz from the phone in your pocket rather than an expensive manbun spouting new age hokum while you rock in Happy Baby pose.
Technology now equals time. No drive to the gym. No wait for machines. A simple program with little to no gear needed at home.
And an actual person on the other end instead of the same Tae-bo video on repeat.
Because it's okay to demand the best...and be realistic.
"There is a balance. You can still live your life and not just eat kale chips.”
Some photos in our gallery were provided by Tiffany Wellman of Sparrow & Sea Photography.