Hosted by Steve Harvey, entrepreneurs pitch in a head-to-head competition to “The Funderdome” (a live studio audience) for the chance to win up to $100K in capital. The pitch that gets the most votes wins the money. Before the winner is announced, both competitors get the chance to “cash out” for a lower sum of money.
Brandon Andrews of Values Partnerships sat down with Sherry for an exclusive interview after the show.
(PoundPoms creator Sherry Leetham and Steve Harvey. Image: ABC/Lisa Rose)
Why are you so passionate about fitness, and how did that passion lead you to create PoundPoms?
Wow…I’m not sure there’s enough space to explain my passion. When I first became a professional in the fitness industry, a mentoring colleague said, “If your body breaks down…where ya gonna live?” That struck home for me because prior to becoming a professional in the fitness industry, I was a social worker and although I didn’t have a weight problem, I did have a stress problem.
As an LCSW (Licensed Certified Social Worker) who specialized in child sexual abuse, I saw the wicked of the wicked. Stress led me to scratch my hair out in my sleep and most horribly, dislocate my shoulder in my sleep. I would awaken to a nightmare of me screaming and then immediately having to calm myself so I could relax and put my shoulder back in. Even talking about it now gives me the heebie-jeebies!
Stress can lead to a variety of health disorders and exercising helped me to become healthy both inside and out. I strongly believe that health starts from ones’ mindset. It’s important to keep positive and motivational thoughts. My passion for fitness starts with my personal mantra “Internal Health, External Beauty.” What I learned as a counselor benefited me greatly when I became a fitness pro.