This year as I reflect on things that have happened over the last few months, I have only one word to describe how I feel: thankful. When I heard that the gym I used to work at was closing I was devastated. To back up a bit, in 2004 I walked into Positive Steps Fitness Center, met a crazy (inspiring) woman named Betsy, took BODYSTEP training and the rest is a giant blur of amazingness where I trained in several other programs, PSFC sold to another incredibly inspiring woman Sonja and I got to work for her incredibly inspiring GFM Tiffany, then I ended up being GFM and later Fit Rev sold.
Sometime, however, around 2005 I lost my passion for exercise. It seemed like a massive chore to make it to the gym, try to figure out some kind of exercises to do on my own and try to lose weight. I stopped teaching for a little while and gained weight. I knew I was overweight and I was so uncomfortable, but I also knew how much work it would to take it off so I hesitated.
Me at my bridal shower:
I’m thankful for that experience because I know how difficult it is to lose weight. I know how intimidating it is to not know what you’re doing at a gym, yet you want so badly to get healthier. I worked hard to slowly take weight off. After having my son in 2009 Betsy offered me a chance to teach a new dance program that we were piloting called Sh’Bam. I hesitated, wondering if I could really hack it teaching any kind of dance class. I even filmed myself practicing in my living room to see if I would look completely ridiculous (hint: if you film yourself dancing in your living room it WILL look completely ridiculous). I taught to a packed house at a popular hour for my first class and I fell in love. The butterflies were gone in seconds. This wasn’t a fitness class, this was a full on party! I got a killer workout and never even knew it was happening. That was the turning point for me. After that, I got certified in several other Les Mills programs as well as some other small group training programs. I began working with an incredible personal trainer (shout out to Tiffany Nolan!) and am now in the best shape of my life. I’m thankful for being in shape and for those incredible people in my life who helped get me there.
What we have at The Sweatshop isn’t something you can get working out under a lunk alarm or in a weight room at a big box club. A lot of gyms claim to have something that others don’t, but after you take a class at our club it’s pretty clear that we can deliver on our promises. If you’re looking for a club where you can swipe your keytag without being noticed and go wander around the cardio deck mulling over what to do – we aren’t for you. We deliver quality experiences, every class, every time. If you want to get healthy, have fun and join a community where people will care about you and know your name – then please come check us out.
I’m thankful to the team of instructors and trainers who are so incredible at what they do. None of us wanted to work at another club because we know what we have is special. All of the staff works so hard on what they do and it shows. Every practice, every sleepless pre-launch night, every time you guys arrive early and stay late to meet and get to know the members makes this club what it is. Thank you, from the bottom of my heart.
Mostly I’m thankful to all of the people I’ve met over the last few years who have become an important part of my life. I consider the members and staff of The Sweatshop to be my extended (dysfunctional) family. So many people waited on me to open this gym and to those people I’m so incredibly grateful. The word of mouth about this club has been amazing. It’s the members that make The Sweatshop what it is. You guys make me want to work harder to prove to you that you made the right decision, and I hope I make you proud.
My heart is full this Thanksgiving. Please come sweat with me & my team soon. You won’t regret it.