“Jax Leaders: Secrets to Success” with Heath Ellenberger from Orangetheory Fitness

Each week on “Jax Leaders: Secrets to Success”, our host, Jessica Franzini, talks to Leaders from around the city about their secrets to success. This week, Jessica spoke to Heath Ellenberger from Orangetheory Fitness.

Orangetheory is a heart-rate based HIIT total-body group workout that combines science, coaching and technology to guarantee maximum results from the inside out.

Heath is also an author. To learn about and buy his book, visit https://www.amazon.com/10-Minute-Leadership-Real-Relatable/dp/1662810482/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&qid=1618256247&refinements=p_27%3AHeath&s=books&sr=1-1.

What do you feel are your key personal factors for your success?: I fell there are 3 factors to success in my life. I call it C.P.R. Challenge always have a challenge in whatever it is that you are doing. Challenges cause you to become uncomfortable which is what creates change a movement. Next is Perform, you have to be able to perform this is in all areas, you can’t be a great practice squad player and then when game time comes not be able to perform. Being able to perform is the ability to take action when needed. Lastly is repetition. This is where you are creating those positive movement patterns of success. You might not see it after 1 or even 10 reps but the accumulation of reps allows for the adaptation of success.

What is the biggest mistake you would tell your younger self to avoid?: I would tell my younger self you can’t do it all yourself. You have to be able to trust others and leverage their skills.

Do you have a mentor and do you feel it is important to have one?: I have a board of directors in my life. Or some people refer to it as who is at their table. I think its important to have mentors always. I think its even more important to rotate through your mentors based on the season you are in. You see some mentors come along and allow you to get past a drought season. Sometimes if you are always looking to a mentor you can become saturated. You need time to allow the knowledge to absorb fully. Don’t take advantage of your table, make sure you are also adding value back to them.

Is there a book you can recommend that would be valuable to read for someone starting out in business?: I think there are so many valuable books out there. I would humble say my book coming out in great for staring out in a leadership role. I think the 4 disciplines of execution is an amazing book! It’s simple to understand and allows a clear path for execution. The energy bus is one of my top and what I have all our new managers read.

How do you achieve balance between your professional life and personal life?: I think allowing the two to bleed together. You will never be able to separate the two. However if I can integrate them together it feels like I have balance then. Integrating doesn’t mean on Friday date nights your wife is only hearing about work. It means you allow your spouse to be pulled into your world and you be pulled into theirs. And at work pull your family life in. If you and your co-workers have kids talk about them at work, make casual conversation about struggles you are having at home and how others have overcome them or steps they have taken to address them. By making your life more integrated with like and work. You will notice less of this separation anxiety and more of peace knowing I don’t have to “separate” life. I don’t live two lives I live one.
Now there are times I do disconnect and there is a strategy around that. But not on a daily basis. I call it T9 communication. Remember when texting used to cost to send a message. Approach your work like that. After working hours. Image that text you are about to send is going to coot you $100 is it truly necessary? Or can it wait and by waiting are you causing less stress for you and the person on the receiving end.