How is it possible that we have officially been in business for one year? When I think back to all of the excitement I felt a year ago today, I’m so incredibly proud. I’m not just proud of what The Sweatshop has become, I’m also proud of our staff and members. I think it’s safe to say that we are resilient and determined to keep our community together! What I’ve found really amazing, is the amount of new people that we’ve welcomed to the club. The members and instructors that we have are so passionate about what we have, it’s nearly impossible to describe, you just have to experience it for yourself. When you come to our club, don’t expect to walk in and not be noticed. Don’t expect to put your head down and go about your workout mindlessly. We want to know who you are and what you want out of your experience because ultimately we want to help you get whatever that is.
One year ago we started modestly with 6 programs and big hopes of being able to add on slowly. Less than a month later we added BODYFLOW, knowing that it was in high demand. From there, in the Fall we launched GRIT. The first round sold out in 2 days! This was a program I was incredibly hesitant about even adding! The success of GRIT made it so we needed more space.. that thought process went something like this…
I received an email from a former member of Fit Rev that said “I love what you’re doing with your club! I would SO be there if you had bikes.” I clearly remember sitting on stage in the group fitness room reading it as I was learning BODYJAM to get ready for launch. A thought popped into my head – “I wonder what’s going on with the vacant space downstairs, maybe I’ll shoot an email to the real estate agent!” So between learning tracks, I sent out an email and waited to hear back. That night I went and looked at the room and knew it would be perfect for GRIT. It was a massive decision to add that space and bring on bikes, but I now know it was absolutely the right one. I really thought long and hard about whether it was a crazy idea. Actually I knew it was crazy, the question was: Crazy great or crazy stupid? My husband convinced me to do it, so you can all thank him.
From there came the decision to bring back my first love; BODYSTEP! If you haven’t seen this program in more than a year, I beg of you to give it another chance. This ain’t yo momma’s step class! They’ve taken all the best music, put some really fun and some really (REALLY) incredible athletic options in and changed the program completely from what it was years ago.
From 6 programs to 9, plus GRIT, plus an additional space in only 12 months? Wow. What’s next you ask? Well, I have SO many ideas. I’m currently working on ideas to launch our newest addition: Born To Move children’s programming! Starting with ages 6-16 this July, be on the lookout for some incredible workouts for your kids (and I have something up my sleeve for parents too!). I’m so excited to bring this on! As a Mom and someone who cares about the future of the world, I think that this is a game changer. There is a massive lack of non-sport-specific fitness classes and I’m so excited to offer a program to fill that void!
I can’t wait to see what the next year brings. Every time I lock up the gym and look around, I feel so grateful. I still pinch myself every Saturday when I walk in and see how packed the classes are. To everyone who has worked hard and everyone who has shed even a single drop of sweat at our club – thank you. I hope you know how much it means to me. Here’s to another amazing year! Bring on year 2!!
Here are some of my favorite moments in photos (excuse the quality)..
This time last year (early June):
4th of July
Packed GRIT class in the new studio
And lastly, always remember…
Believe in the power of sweat!!