Balancing the Grind with Corey Calliet, Body Transformation Specialist

With nearly 20 years of experience in sculpting and transforming physiques, celebrity trainer, body, transformation specialist, motivational speaker, and actor, Corey Calliet formulates and implements techniques catered to the specific goals and needs of each of his clients.

We’d love to know what a typical day is like for you. Could you describe a recent workday?

I start every day the same, whether at home or on the road. It feeds consistency, discipline, and reminds me I get a fresh start – I make my bed! Like the quote says, “If you can’t do the little things right, you will never do the big things right”. Your success is found in your daily routine, so I take it a step further with another non-negotiable, I move my body! I get some quick cardio in to connect with my body. This also programs my mind to take care of myself before anything else in my day gets my attention. After cardio I fuel myself for the day and it’s up from there! Outside of the way I start, no two days are the same. Meetings, events, training sessions with my clients and athletes, coaching calls – the schedule is ever-changing but I always make time to get my own workout in.

Can you define work-life balance for yourself and share with us your approach in maintaining it?

The foundation of my work-life balance is the fact I work in my passion. I allow life and work to find their way to co-exist. I wouldn’t call it balance but more of an ebb and flow. Through my work I am able to connect, socialise, and have new experiences daily. But there are definitely days where meetings and business matters get heavy. Regardless of how the day goes, my daily workout is always the anchor for me to steady myself from being pulled in different directions.

Change is constant, and it’s essential for growth. Have you made any lifestyle changes in the past year to improve your work-life balance?

Not so much a lifestyle change, but I re-prioritized putting myself first. Being an entrepreneur comes with great responsibility to your business, but you cannot lose sight of the even greater responsibility to yourself. Meetings and other obligations started creeping in on my “me time”, the gym. It was the first thing to get pushed off my plate when the schedule filled up. I had to realise that if I am not at my best, my business won’t be either. So I started scheduling my gym sessions the same way I do any meeting, or obligation to my business. I actually used this experience to provide better programs through my coaching and ACHV Fitness training app. We all have goals to feel better, function better, and just be the best version of ourselves we can be; I wanted to make it possible for people to reach goals regardless of time constraints or things that threaten their consistency – like having to dine out or be social.

We’re always on the lookout for new resources! Can you recommend any books, podcasts, or newsletters that have helped you in your journey towards balance?

I am big on motivational videos and speeches. Chances are, if you pull an earbud out my ear during cardio or a workout I’m listening to words to fuel the drive. Another powerful resource for finding balance, and often overlooked and under-utilised by many, is my inner circle. I keep great people around me.

Before we wrap up, do you have any final words of wisdom or insights on work, life, or balance that you’d like to share with our readers?

Three words – choice, chance, change. You have the choice, to take a chance, and make a change. Identify where you want to be, take inventory of what is preventing you from getting there, and make the change. 

About Author

Hey there! I'm Hao, the Editor-in-Chief at Balance the Grind. We’re on a mission to showcase healthy work-life balance through interesting stories from people all over the world, in different careers and lifestyles.