My Favorite Mistake — 249: Breaking Barriers in the NHL and Building Fitness Communities: Sandy Weston

My guest for Episode #249 of the My Favorite Mistake podcast is Sandy Joy Weston M.Ed. She is a keynote speaker, international podcaster, three times published author, and entrepreneur, who has owned and operated health and wellness companies over the past 30 years. 

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Early in her career, she became the first female trainer for the Philadelphia Flyers and spent many years as a media personality and as Philadelphia NBC10’s Fitness Expert. She created the nationally recognized Philly Street Line Dance to help combat Philly’s “fattest city” label. 

For the past five years, Sandy has been focusing on SJW Productions, an international company whose main mission is to highlight all the positive in the world. She does this through her international podcasts, her books, Train Your Head & Your Body Will FollowMy 30-Day Reset Journal and her programs and workshops. Sandy’s mission is to spread pure joy and inspire others to see their true power.

She’s also the host of her podcast, “Let’s Keep it Real,” and I’ll be a guest there soon.

Sandy took her passion for fitness to a whole new level in 1993 by launching her club, Weston Fitness. Her fitness club was not just another establishment; it was designed to be cutting-edge and cater to fitness trends with unique classes like spin. Weston’s focus was on the transformative power of fitness, where she aimed to offer not just exercise but entertainment and community building within her club’s walls.

In her approach to wellness, Sandy Weston didn’t shy away from ground-breaking methods to create a sense of community. Her innovation in this area can be seen in the introduction of the controversial but beloved “porno spin.” It was these kinds of decisions that marked Weston Fitness as more than a gym. Weston’s Club was, and still is, a space where camaraderie and joy are intertwined with health and physical fitness – a testament to Weston’s vision and innovation in the wellness industry.

And we’ll hear Sandy’s “favorite mistake” stories!

Questions and Topics:

  • What was it like being the FIRST female trainer for the Flyers?
  • Was there any controversy about starting with the Flyers?
  • What was it like working on TV — fear of mistakes in that work? How did you get into that?
  • You rarely say “mistake” or “failure” — why? 
  • We’re all busy and have goals… making time can be tough. 
  • Move for a minute – baby steps
  • Mark’s podcasts with Robert Maurer
  • “What keeps you up at night?”
  • Language matters —“Dumb mistake”??