From Fitspiration To Mompreneur Camille Prats, 37, Says 'Di Na Ako Natatakot Mag-Fail'Camille co-owns the Moov Activ brand of workout dresses.by Jocelyn Valle .
"I realized with this thing going around, we gotta help ourselves. We can't just rely on staying home. We gotta do things to be healthy, make your body healthy, eat well to do these things."
Camille mentions another reason she decided to work on her fitness goals: "Ang dami ko kasing back pains because of pregnancy and other things. Nagsa-struggle ako taking care of my children."
A few weeks into her fitness journey—doing yoga as her me-time, working out with husband VJ Yambao, running with their kids—she started seeing results. She beams, "Ang dali gumalaw, ang dali nilang buhatin, ang dali gumalaw around the house, and you don't complain about pain in the body."
The mom of three points out, "For me it's very important pala, especially I have toddlers, and 'yung energy nila, 'yung kailangan ko ibigay sa kanila to keep up with them, that's my main goal."
That's why Camille is called a fitspiration, particularly by her fellow moms and social media followers. But her journey didn't end there. It expanded to another field that's still related to fitness.ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW
From fitspiration to mompreneur
Camille is a co-owner of the Moov Activ brand of workout dresses that takes inspiration from tennis dresses.
She shares the story of her business venture: "Moov Activ was born during the pandemic because una, I got into fitness. So siyempre, working out.
"Nakakatuwa na ang dami ng outfit na really nice for working out. I became a big fan of athleisure. Since we're always home, we like wearing comfy clothes. Ako kasi comfort over style forever."
She adds, "I have a sis-in-law who works out and my sis as well. I found out my sis-in- law, dream pala niya, mag-start ng activewear business. Nalaman ko, 'yun pala 'yung desire niya." Then a thought popped up in their heads: "What if we do it together?"ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOWRecommended Videos
She explains, "It's our passion. Kasi feeling ko 'yun 'yung importante. Kaya maraming napanganak na biz during pandemic kasi they were all borne out of passion. A lot of people realize na ito pala 'yung gusto nilang gawin. Ang dami kong nakukuhang messages na 'yung lawyer, baker na."
As fate would have it, Camille came across a dress that's so comfy to wear, and she liked it so much.
She enumerates the reasons why she fell in love with that dress: "Una bilang nanay, gusto natin 'yung wala tayo masyadong iniintindi. I don't like thinking what I would like to wear.
"Second, I don't like wearing jeans, so uncomfy. Kapag humahabol ka sa anak mo parang ang sakit, ang tigas. I became a fan of athleisure. I would always wear workout clothes everywhere I go, na inaasar na ko ng mga kapatid ko na, 'O, ate, kahit di magwo-work out, nakapang-work out."
Here's another practical reason that moms can totally relate to: "Less labada! Pag sinuot mo siya, wala ka nang lalabhan na sports bra. It has a built-in bra, and then 'yung shorts, 'yung para akong na-happy.
"Siyempre 'yung bulsa—who doesn't need pockets? Come on, especially if you're a mom, lahat ng iaabot sa 'yo ng anak mo, susuksok mo sa kung saan-saan. Pati nga gamit ng asawa mo, nasa bag mo."
From that comfy dress, which is patterned after a tennis dress, Camille, along with her sister and sister-in-law, built a business model that they eventually called Moov Activ.ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW
Business birth pains
Camille admits she and her business partners raised a capital that's "medyo malaki," but she made it a point "to set a budget." She reasons, "Kasi di naman unli 'yung capital and gusto mo rin maging sigurado dun sa pera mo bago mo s'ya ilabas."
She adds, "Although, of course, you're never sure. But, at least, you're like 60, 70 percent sure on where you're putting your money on. Isa 'yun sa mga kinonsider namin before we actually put a cap on our budget."
Camille also admits initially struggling to find the right supplier of the dress, which is the core of their business.
She recalls, "Eh abroad siya, so siyempre, antayin mo shipping. Pagdating, ta-try namin, lalabhan, subukan natin. Stretch ba siya? Fabric? We have to know the right combination. We have to find the right fabric na comfy and at the same time can really hold. You can have the best of both worlds."ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW
After a few trials and errors, Camille and her partners finally found she now calls "our supplier," and Moov Activ officially opened for business in July 2022. Two months later, when she and her family did the Smart Parenting photo shoot, she gives a positive report on her business venture.
"So far, so good," Camille says of how Moov Activ is doing. "Sobrang happy namin na ganun 'yung naging pag-accept ng tao sa product. I think they are so curious about the dress."
She adds, "To be honest, I wish we have more colors available. But it's something that we would eventually bring in kasi ang daming nagre-request ng white, black."
Message to aspiring entrepreneurs
Camille has this to say to her fellow parents who'd like to start a business: "Parang feeling ko, all of us naman meron tayong kanya-kanyang ideas natin. Pero I think your cue or the only way for you to know na it's something na gusto mo talaga, actually more than what you want, it's actually the leading of life. Alam mo 'yun, kung saan ka dinadala ng buhay.ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW
"If it's always in your mind, it means you have to do something about it. Like ito, siyempre, I was also hesitant. It was the pandemic. Siyempre you're gonna shell out capital, babalik ba?
"Una sa lahat, kung sobra kang sigurado dun sa produkto mo, then what's stopping you? If it's your finances, you can get investors, lalo na kung may naniniwala sa product mo. And second, puwede mo s'ya gawan ng paraan, eh. You can always start small.
"And third, kung desire talaga siya ng puso mo, like ako. Siguro isa sa mga nalaman ko na this is really what we're supposed to be doing is even during those times when I'm not thinking about it, it would pop up in my head.
"Like I'm in the shower, 'Simulan mo na 'yung Moov Activ.' So maybe these are the things that you know life telling me na, 'Why don't you try?'
"At this point in my life, I'm 37, di na rin ako natatakot mag-fail. Kasi, di ba, when you're younger...Siguro kung 'yung heart mo talaga 'yun 'yung desire niya, palagi mo s'yang nai-isip eh.
"Kung 'yun 'yung laging nasa isip mo, maybe that's already your cue that you should go for it. It's normal to be scared but you'll never know. Andaming success stories na, 'Ganito kami nagsimula,' and you'll never know maybe you'll be one of them."
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