In today's Smart Girl Spotlight, we heard from Elise Manolakos, kinesiologist and entrepreneur extraordinaire! Read Elise's advice on fitness and careers. Be sure to read about her proudest fitness accomplishment too - it's pretty cool!


Name: Elise Manolakos
Twitter/Instagram: @elisemanolakos @elisemanolakos 


Tell us about your job in 100 words or less. As a registered kinesiologist with over 11 years of experience and education, I have mastered the art and science of fitness and lifestyle management. From a physiotherapy assistant, weight loss management, to personal training professional athletes and executives, I have a wide range of abilities to offer my clients. I started Health Community for women to maintain an active lifestyle for life. Programs are designed by the participants for them. Sometime women’s voices are not heard and this prevents them from continuing with the fitness classes. We are open for feedback to help develop and grow the Embitious Community. 

Career accomplishment you are most proud of? Building a well-rounded resume of hands-on experience. Having worked in various health care settings: one of the top hospitals in the city (Toronto General Hospital for Arthritis Research Foundation), personal training professional athletes/CEOs, and Physiotherapy for Long Term Care.  

Best piece of career advice you’ve received? Find something you enjoy learning about, become an expert and share it with others. Spread your passion. 

What advice would you give to other young professional women? Show up with confidence. Know what your value is and that you’re worth it. 

Where do you see yourself in 5 years? Leading the next generation of young professional women through workshops, and retreats. 


How do you like to stay active? Being active outdoors daily. During the winter months, I look forward to ice skating and snowboarding. 

Fitness/health accomplishment you are most proud of? Completing my first half marathon on the Great Wall of China. 

What tools and resources do you use to help you stay on track with your fitness goals (apps, journals, books, websites, gadgets etc.)? I use Instagram and Youtube to keep myself accountable. As of January 2016, I recorded my muscle building progress and feedback. It is great to look back on how far you have come, and set your next goal. 

Favourite spot for healthy eats: Fresh Restaurants

Favourite spot for tasty treats: Sweet Jesus Ice Cream Bar 

Last book you read: Me, Inc. by Gene Simmons 

Favourite quote: Thinking is easy, acting is difficult, and to put one's thoughts into action is the most difficult thing in the world. Johann Wolfgang von Goethe 



Do you prefer routine or spontaneity? What does a typical day look like for you? I prefer spontaneity. Early morning personal training clients. Creating content and workshops. Networking meetups and events.

What’s the biggest challenge you’ve faced pursuing both career and health and fitness goals? Time. Business and fitness are both passions of mine that can take time away from family and social life. Learning how to better manage during a time of growth and development. 

Do you believe work-life balance truly exists? Yes. You can have it all. Depending on your relationship and expectations. Having both allows you to re-focus and re-energize to better serve and perform. 

Why do you think committing to health and fitness is important for young professional women? Committing to health and fitness shows you care and respect yourself. It keeps you grounded/humble, and pushes you outside your comfort zone.