A Dream Come True!
Hanging my new gym sign!
It's been a crazy busy month, but for a good reason. I've made one of my major dreams in life finally come true, which is owning my own gym!
Yes, maybe some people would think that earning my PhD, becoming a Registered Dietitian, or writing two nationally publicized books, would have me happy as a clam, but truly, one of my big dreams has been to have my own training facility - and it's finally come true!
Other than my daughter and husband and wonderful family whom I love so much, I also love being a gym owner!
I realized over the past few years, that group training is what I do best. I've tried being a personal trainer, but I honestly get most satisfaction and am most energetic when I'm leading and helping a large group of people.
So, for the past three years now, that's what I've been doing and, up until just this month, I've always taught classes either in someone else's gym, through parks and rec, or outside in a park.
And, let me tell you, having my own space is absolutely the best way to do it! I love it so much!
I found a stunning warehouse-like location in Vernon CT, situated at the base of 600+ luxury apartments (every time these tenants have to go to their homes, they have to drive right by my door :) - which is great for recruiting new members!).
The space is 2,000 sq feet and I use about 3/4s of that for the bootcamp classes and I have an upper location area as well that I will be using for semi-private training and speciality clinics.
It has a beautiful office space that I use to do nutrition counseling and to house my daughter's toys and pack n' play (what mommy's office is complete without those items?).
Since it's my own location, I also have the luxury of bringing my daughter to classes while I teach, and I allow other members to bring their children too (well-behaved ones that is) :)
This experience has been so great for April (my daughter) as she gets to see first hand what fun exercise is all about and how good it is for her. My members love having her there as she's so easy going - plus, now that she's older, she walks around like her mommy checking people's form and sometimes even joins them in their workouts! It's so cute!
Overall - it's been a crazy May and June; my husband is a total handy man and spent all his time buidling this place into exactely what I wanted it to be.
Also, since I've opened, I've doubled my member base in just one month (in what took me one year to do previously), and I've had many compliments about how energetic my classes are and how much I give my members in order to help them meet their goals.
I'm looking forward to doing this for many more years as it bring me so much joy and doesn't seem like "work" at all. I don't even mind getting up at 430am during the week to teach classes because I love it so much.
My advice to everyone out there: if a new mother (with no family around to help her), a woman with 4 other jobs and 3 dogs, and big shoes to fill can do this, and make her dreams come true - you can do it too!
As my favorite saying goes:
"If you build it, they will come"!
Enjoy life and live it to the fullest!