Local mum and owner of KX Pilates Miami, Linda Wisbey, says there is no age limit to achieving business success, it can happen at any stage of life.
Linda Wisbey, 54, has found success later in life, bringing locals a new workout that complements the Coast's laidback lifestyle while pursuing a lifelong dream.
A Broadbeach Waters local of 22 years, Linda's passion for health and wellness led her to take a risk and open her own KX Pilates studio on the Gold Coast.
Determined to pave the way to her own success, Linda left behind a steady job as a Bookkeeper, aged 33, to pursue her passion, completing her Certificate III and IV in Fitness, while raising her two sons, Ryan, 21 and Sam, 17.
Followed by a career as a Weight Loss Consultant at Jenny Craig, and PT and Pilates instructor at the Runaway Bay Sports Super Centre, Linda thought she had mastered all fitness trends until one KX Pilates class led her to become her own boss.
"A friend in Melbourne told me about KX Pilates, so I flew to Sydney to meet with the owner, KX Pilates Master Trainer and Founder, Aaron Smith, and try a class in Surry Hills.
"One class was all it took - I was addicted. From then on, I knew the Coast needed this form of fitness and it was the perfect venture to pursue my dream of owning my own fitness studio.
Linda says taking a risk to invest in a franchise has paid off by allowing her to achieve the balance she desired.
"It's always a risk investing in anything. Coming from a steady income, to putting it all on the line to invest in your own venture or franchise is daunting, but well worth it.
"I now make my own hours, achieve the life I always strived for and I get to work in an industry I'm passionate about.
Linda says KX Pilates is the fitness trend Gold Coasters crave.
"The lifestyle is like no other. I knew KX would be a great business opportunity because it complements all areas of fitness, whether you are a runner, a swimmer or a surfer, by strengthening and stabilising core muscles.
"It's perfect for the locals, offering a high-performance workout in 50 minutes, so they can get back outdoors.
Linda credits her studio's success to creating a welcoming and friendly environment for her clients.
"I wanted to ensure we created a place unlike other fitness franchises on the Coast, where clients feel comfortable to work out in a safe space with no pressure or peering eyes.
"We want to encourage our clients with workouts that suit all forms of fitness levels, even high-level athletes," she said.
Linda's advice for anyone looking for a career change at any age is to be prepared to put in the effort and have a true passion.
Question: What originally inspired you to make a career change later in life?
Linda Wisbey: After having two children in my 30's and being a stay-at-home mum for a few years, I decided that if I was going back to work, it was going to be on my terms and to do something that made me excited to show up every day! I studied at Tafe for a year to obtain my Certificate 3 and 4 in Fitness, and haven't looked back since. I had previously been a bookkeeper and the thought of going back to an office job no longer appealed.
Question: When did you first try KX Pilates?
Linda Wisbey: After reading about the KX workout, I flew to Sydney to try a class and meet with the founder, Aaron Smith to discuss becoming a franchisee.
Question: What do you love about KX Pilates?
Linda Wisbey: First and foremost the amazing workout! Reformer Pilates works way more muscles than your average gym class or weights session. Plus it's fun and upbeat with great music! I also love the staff and clients at KX - our studio is such a happy place to be. It's extremely welcoming and non judgemental.