How I Get Sh*t Done : Liz Rozman
Meet Liz Rozman, a civil engineer by day and an app co-founder by night/day! Along with her boyfriend Rob, Liz launched Sweatbl back in July! It’s a health and fitness app made for anyone who hosts fitness events, creates programs, or who wants to discover new types of fitness to add into their routine (you can find it on the App Store now!). This week on HIGSD, I sit down with Liz to chat about the launch of the app, her ambassadorship with BOLO and so much more!
Q: It’s your average morning; tell us about your morning routine?
A: My average day starts at 6:15 am. I won’t lie to you and say that I’m a morning person; my main priorities at that time are getting dressed for work, brushing my teeth and washing my face as quickly as possible. I arrive at my desk around 7:30 am which is where my real routine begins. I’m a major list person so once I get settled, I write my “Work To Do”, “Side Hustle To Do” and “Personal To Do” lists as well as adding anything in to my agenda and calendar for the day. That process may seem like overkill, but for me, I feel so much more relaxed once I’ve spent time organizing and prioritizing my tasks - I like to think it’s my preferred form of meditation.
Q : What is Sweatabl and why did you want to create it?
A : Sweatabl is a health & fitness app available on the App Store that my boyfriend Rob and I created and launched this July! We want Sweatabl to be the go-to tool for community fitness. It’s made for anyone who hosts fitness workouts, creates fitness programs or who wants to discover new types of fitness to add into their routine.
As someone looking to attend these free workouts, you’ll be able to filter our database of community fitness classes by type of workout, date and distance from where you are and easily reserve your spot directly on the app. On the flip side, if you’re a gym or instructor, you’re able to easily create and upload these events onto the app in order to meet as many potential clients as possible and ensure that every class you teach is a full one. You’ll also be able upload any workout programs for our users to download directly onto their phone with the option to sell entire e-books through the Sweatabl marketplace.
We created Sweatabl for the simple belief that everyone should have the freedom to enjoy their fitness routine. We want Sweatabl to encourage growth and development in the fitness industry while being equally beneficial for both the people hosting the workouts and the clients living in it.
Q: You’re also a BOLO ambassador, what does the space mean to you?
A: BOLO is a very special place to me. It was the first gym I tried after moving to Toronto that instantly made me feel welcomed. I’ve met and continue to meet so many close friends there either while attending classes, hanging out in the cafe (with a full service bar, I may add) or getting a quick “sweat style” in the salon. It’s truly a full service facility which is why it was so easy for me to commit to a long term membership. If I’m ever needing to switch up my routine, I simply just change up some classes!
My fav BOLO workouts? Hot Tabata and BOLO Boxing!
Q: What’s your favourite way to get your sweat on?
A: My favourite way to sweat seems to change by the minute haha. I like to follow a strength training program with 3-4 sessions per week and then fill the rest of my week with boxing, spin, HIIT, barre, and/or restorative classes. At the moment, I’m prioritizing my strength workouts and really focusing on perfecting my form. For that, I turn to Alena Luciani (@training2xl) and Cassie Day (@cassiedayyy) for inspo.
Q: You’re constantly on the go, what’s your favourite snacks, smoothie place, coffee place, etc that you like to have on a busy day to keep you going?
A: I always try to have some Larabars, ONE protein bars or just a good old fashioned banana to snack on, especially if I’m on my way to a workout. Post workout, I try to keep a shaker cup with a scoop of Blessed Coconut Chocolate protein powder in my gym bag so that I can just add water and go.
Q: What’s your favourite way to unwind after a long week?
A: I am an introvert to the core, so after a long week my favourite way to unwind is putting my phone on airplane mode for a couple of hours, doing absolutely nothing and not feeling guilty about it!
Q: What’s your bedtime routine look like?
A: Because my boyfriend Rob and I are both the founders of Sweatabl, making time to spend together where we’re not working on the company is very important to us. We try to close our laptops and put social media away for at least one episode of any show so that we can hang out like we did pre-Sweatabl. Once I’m ready to actually go to sleep, which is usually around midnight, I wash my face with a mix of Fre Skincare and Cocokind products, put my phone on Do Not Disturb and make my way to bed.
Q: What’s the best piece of advice someone has given you?
A: The best advice I’ve ever received was that “you do not need to justify your degree by dedicating your life to it”. This was said to me right at the time I was debating whether or not I should go full force into Sweatabl as a business or not. Having a Civil Engineering degree and currently working as a junior engineer, I constantly feel the pressure to work in the field until I’m able to retire because of how much time, money and effort I put in. And while staying in the engineering field is very much a respectable choice, I recently allowed myself the freedom to see what else is out there too.
Q: What’s next for you? (projects, aspirations, partnerships, etc)
A: We plan to promote Sweatabl as much as we can! We’re aiming for the app to be available on Android and updated with several new features by the end of the year. We also want to host a couple Sweatabl group workouts to bring our community together.
Q: What does Healthy is Hot mean to you?
A: To me, Healthy is Hot means prioritizing what makes you feel your best rather than what you’re told you should be doing to look your best. I have definitely fallen victim to low self-esteem for the large majority of my life which led to an eating disorder, extreme exercising, body dysmorphia, and constantly trying to change the way my body looked. Being healthy is way more than just getting your workouts in- it’s everything from what you put into your body, what (and who) you surround yourself with, and being content with who you are.
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