When I first thought of doing this series, I immediately started thinking of a list of women that I find inspiring. I also asked some of my gfs who they thought were inspiring. One person came up a couple of times in my circle of friends. Yep, you might have guessed who it is from the title. If you’re in the Twin Cities area and active in the fitness/wellness/yoga/crossfit/lululemon (you might have seen her pics at the Mall of America store!) /Alchemy community, you have definitely met or seen or heard of Molly Hanten.
I knew I had to interview her because, duh, she’s a freakin boss! Molly is one of the owners of my gym, Alchemy, and that’s where I first met her. You read that right.. one of the OWNERS. Oh, and did I mention she’s younger than me? I’m pretty sure when I was in my late 20s, I had no idea what I was doing or wanted to do, let alone own my own business.. ok let’s be honest, I still don’t know what I’m doing but I’m slowly finding out what I want to do.. ok but I digress, this post isn’t about me :p Let’s just get into the interview before I start gushing and embarrass myself, shall we?
1) Tell us a bit about yourself!
– I am 28, living in Minneapolis with my Ross and my dog Summit. I have been in the fitness industry for nine years, went to UST and love the Twin Cities. I am a one of the Founders and Owners of Alchemy!
2) How did you get started in the fitness industry?
I was a big marathon runner (even competitive for a bit) in college. I over-did it and became injured so found my way into CorePower Yoga. I love the group aspect right away and took the teacher training the summer I started. I started teaching soon after! After a few years, I noticed I was not getting stronger or more fit with just running and yoga and found my way into a CrossFit gym. I then met my current business partners and we talked and talked about how we could come up with a concept better, more sustainable, approachable and effective than both yoga and CrossFit… and after a lot of work, trial and error and fun, Alchemy was born.
3) How would you describe Alchemy to someone who has never tried a class there?
Exhilarating and empowering. The workouts don’t get easier, you get more fit and work harder. You can always improve and will leave the class feeling alive and empowered no matter what your fitness level is.
4) What is your favorite A10/A20 moves?
I enjoy pull-ups and burpees!
5) Any advice to anyone who wants to start their own startup/ business?
Find business parters who are your perfect match. That is MUCH easier said than done. I am so blessed that not only are my partners some of my best friends, but we compliment one another and know how to work well together. I would never be where I am without my awesome team. Many hands make light work.
6) Any favorite recipes you would like to share? 🙂
OMG- I honestly LOVE food very much but my cooking is super simple, I also rarely follow recipes. I have a kale salad i eat like every day. Kale, coconut amino, garlic, red onion, Apple Cider Vinegar (or dijon mustard), nutritional yeast and smashed avocado. Mash it all up together and it turns into a creamy delicious dressing for the kale. I know it’s lame to say a salad but I love it. In the morning I will add roasted sweet potato and eggs or some other protein/ carb if I have it for lunch or dinner.When I’m not being healthy, I live for desserts. I am a good baker, but I don’t bake often. I will for Holidays but that’s about it. So my recipe for your sweet tooth? Find the best bakery in town (Cocoa and Fig in MPLS) and treat yourself to a pistachio and a salted caramel macaroon. I could live on macaroons, eggs, roasted brussels sprouts and avocados 🙂
If you’re in the Twin Cities and haven’t met this boss yet, you definitely need to check her class at Alchemy! It will be an amazing workout for sure!
You can also check out Molly here: