"playing BIG" ISN’T SOLITAIRE.

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7 years of owning a successful gym, 5 of which I was diligently working toward a second location, and yet ANOTHER demon knocked me down. He stood over me, & said “NO. You’re not good enough. You don’t have the funding. There is no location within a realm of possibility. Accept failure.” I was sitting on the steps at my house with my husband (Mike), and a wave of frustration & anger washed over me.

When I am convicted & passionate about something, I find any way and every way to make it work (some may call it stubborn). But at this point, a defeatist attitude crept into the positive. I told myself “It’s not this hard for other gyms. Think of all the others that had financial backing & multiple locations within only a few years.” It was then Mike said, “maybe this is God telling you that it’s not in the plan.”

Maybe he’s right, I thought, it’s not what is right for me… Oops, I mean us.

I
AM
SELFISH
It feels so good to finally confess that. The business, the second location... was about ME.

Don’t get me wrong… The success in Kadi Fit came from motivating and inspiring others to live their best life. We know (practically) everyone by name. Our members raised enough to build a school in rural Kenya, and then traveled there to break ground. My soul is happiest connected to others. BUT, I never connected that to the ability to scale the business. The responsibility, burden, work & resources to grow were what only I could do.

It wasn’t until my friend Duncan Littlefield (of The Littlefield Co.), de-briefed me on his first experience at Kadi Fit --
“from the minute the first beat of music played, & the whole room started clapping on cue, before you (the instructor) took one step.. I could feel it...COMMUNITY pulsing through the room. People preach it, but you guys breathe it”

“Hello! It’s not even about YOU, Katie.” - ME

That’s where BLOC comes from (intentionally removing the “K”) - Building Lifestyle On Community.

I swallowed my pride, and linked arms with my competition, offering free workouts in the city. “kadi in the park.” taught me that by spotlighting other people, the reward reaped by the whole is far more powerful. Relationships over opportunity. (Including: Jamie Eastley, Rob Johnson, Jaimis Huff, Rachel Ferrara, Sydney Cummings, & GetfitwithChrys…).

I co-led with another, rotating, fitness trainer each week, establishing roots & relationships in the Charlotte fitness scene (Kadi is in Lake Norman).

It was a beautiful love story. The homeless in the park knew us by name, and often entertained us while we were keeled over in sweat. We spent our lunch breaks around a table at 7th Street Market, a wild group, of every age, hair color, and day job. Always new strangers stumbling upon us as we sweat in the park overlooking the Charlotte skyline.

As the group grew, so did the connections. As this wasn’t the initial intention of giving something to people for free, it became a wild investment! This crowd provided immense value for building of a BUILDING, with little funding. They SHOWED up. For 4 months we all literally BUILT bloc, by hand. Demolition (that was fun as hell). 35 coats of white paint. Literal laying, nailing, staining of floors. A community table constructed with our bare hands (to continue gathering). A second location would NEVER have happened alone. It wouldn’t have happened with the few who work here. It took a collective of volunteers, asking for nothing but giving everything because they believed in the “why”. I had to learn that no amount of pride, or guilt in asking for help, would get ME anywhere. But, allowing others to unify in purpose together, for something that ultimately was for all of us, was God’s plan.

LET’S HILIGHT A FEW KEY “PLAYERS” WHOS PLAYING BIG DREAMS collided with mine:


Rob Johnson

at this point, he was an elusive, superhero, leading a team of die-hard avengers at Stax. Intrigued, I asked him to co-lead with me at First Ward Park. The first tip off that we would be friends, was the fact he got the satisfaction of making people ape crawl as much as I did. But the second, most important factor of friendship, was coaching through mindset. He was as intentional, and (arguably) longer-winded in that category than I was. It was at this point that the park was serving as a magnet to others, in search of provoking greater thought and connection, through the acceleration of a sweat.


GREEN BROTHER’S JUICE

fueled both the park & bloc’s construction. Josh and Stephie are an example of two insanely savvy, yet incredibly generous humans. They now sweat with us daily at bloc & serve our neighborhood with wholesome goodness.

SWEATNET:

was also in their visionary stages at this time. I met with them at 7th Street after a park workout as they pitched the genius idea for their brand. There were obvious benefits on either end of partnering. But, they also happen to be good humans. They painted alongside us, & promoted the opening of the space during the “building of bloc.”

“YOU” (PREVERBAL OR LITERAL)

Whether you hammered a nail at bloc. or not. The story isn’t over. The space was built for you too, the future “us.” We have yet to meet all the “players.”

AN INTENTIONAL CREW WILL ELEVATE YOU. I never want to stop finding you. Whether “YOU” are a homeless person with music advice, or a mother of 2 with a new-found identity in boudoir. We all have something to provide. Whatever you’re doing to “PLAY BIG” that has you sitting on your stairs in a ball of tears, maybe, you just haven’t met the right people. And maybe, just maybe, those people will show up for you in a building at Camp North End.

READY TO BRING A BIG DREAM TO LIFE?

PLAYING BIG EVENT:

This is a 2 hour experience.
You’ll move.
You’ll cast a vision for your best life.
You’ll work through the goal cycle.
You’ll leave with an action plan & network of support.
Sharing is such a powerful way to spark new ideas, so make the most of the brilliant and generous people who surround you.

THE GOAL CYCLE:

  1. Identifying your values

  2. Visualizing your best life

  3. Setting your priorities

  4. Writing your goal

  5. Getting started

  6. Sticking with it

  7. Detaching from the outcome

a bold experience of movement and mindfulness led by Katie Dixon + Rob Johnson.

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By: Katie Dixon (owner of bloc + kadi fit)

WHY THE SCHEDULES WE CREATE AREN'T MANIFESTING OUR DESIRES

"I can't wait to get back into a routine" may be the most used phrase as summer closes. WE CRAVE IT. Consistency is key to success. But, structure doesn't move us forward unless it's
INTENTIONALLY CREATED, TO SUPPORT EACH AREA OF OUR LIFE.

We allot for time EVERY day to: brush our teeth, make coffee, drive to work, check emails... What if you didn't? Those areas of your life would fail. Your teeth would rot, you'd have no energy, and you'd fail at your job. 
That's why those things will ALWAYS get  a piece of your time. 

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Your DAILY routine has to include fitness and nutrition, or you'll never look and feel good. 

What happens when you don't workout, eat right, take time for you every day?
Your body fails you, and you begin to resent your life, because it's not what you actually want.

IF YOU ARE ACTUALLY SERIOUS AND READY TO STOP SAYING "IF/WHEN..."  TO MANIFEST YOUR TRUEST MOST BRILLIANTLY AUDACIOUS LIFE:

SCHEDULE THESE ITEMS IN YOUR DAY:
-Daily intention setting/journaling
-Continuing education (reading/podcast/workshops DAILY)
-WORKOUTS
-Eating Right (Although, this doesn't have to actually take MORE time)

...INTENTIONALLY GIVE THESE THINGS A PIECE OF YOUR DAY, EVERY DAY, BEFORE YOU EVEN START.

"You have to get rid of the bottom, to make room for the top."
ELIMINATE: What will you get rid of on your schedule, that doesn't serve you? (Time on your phone, netflix, group chatting, 1 hour of sleep...)

 DELEGATE TASKS: Especially parents & bosses- I know our plates are full. But, begin to empower others. Dads ARE capable of feeding/driving children. Kids can be given chores. Employees can be given more responsibilities.  EVEN if they don't do it as well as you. You're not doing them a service by doing it all, all the time. And, you're definitely not a joy to be around when you're overworked and unhealthy.

TAP INTO US! Every instructor here is trained and educated with the knowledge and advice to get you there. There are even several of us with specific areas of expertise to guide you further, such as:
*Nutrition- Grant
*Pre/post natal exercise- Missy
*Mobility/rehab- Liz
etc.

kadi fit is the toolkit to life change.
Your mind and body are the materials.
Our facets of knowledge, hand crafted workouts, and personalized encouragement,
are the tools to sharpen YOU. 

 

1. CREATE A SCHEDULE IN TIME BLOCKING.
 Decide what part of your day, each day, will be spent on each area.

Ex. MONDAYS: 5:30-6:30am workout
7-9am Intention Setting/Coffee/Breakfast
9am Kids to school
10-12am Finance/Bills... 
etc


2. QUIT TRYING TO WORKOUT ON YOUR OWN. I know it's cheaper, and who doesn't need to save money. But cheap should be for something that doesn't move you forward in life (eating out, shopping on amazon, drinking...) If you're ready to finally experience true badassery, invest in yourself! 

GROUP CLASSES WITH AN EXPERT: The best coaches spend hours intentionally crafting full-bodied sweats. Through our energy and encouragement, we have the ability to push you past your "familiar" (aka- yield results), while monitoring you to prevent injury.

YOU ARE WHO YOU SURROUND YOURSELF WITH: The energy you get from the people in class, or aspiration to get to the next level like "Jamey", may be what gets the ball of confidence rolling.  Every person I've seen in our classes here will tell you, they would be NO WHERE NEAR the physical shape they are in, if they were going at this alone. 

HERE'S PROOF OF THAT: 
We offer workouts at a brewery in Charlotte, every Friday at noon. The bulk of the people who show up are fitness trainers. Why? It's when they are available. And, although they have all of the knowledge of how to workout on their own, they understand the success lies in the atmosphere & camaraderie!

3. SIGN-UP WITH SOMEONE

(Forward this to someone who's said "I'm ready to get back in a routine)."
Refer a friend to do the trial and you get $10 off your next month. 

4. TELL YOUR FAMILY/BOSS/FRIENDS, that it's non-negotiable. If they want you vibrant, focused, crushing life ALL WITH PATIENCE, then they give you that hour a day. No. Matter. What.
If they won't give that to you, they don't deserve you. Period.