Why open a gym?
I’ve been asked this question a few times in the last couple of weeks, and my why is not short, so keep reading if you don’t really want to know.
Back in 2016 I was working at an acute care hospital performing physical therapy and wound care on a wide range of populations. I’ve seen some get better, but most get worse. I’ve seen diabetic patients go through multiple surgeries, first taking a toe, then foot, then leg, I’ve seen non compliant patients die because they didn’t follow Dr’s orders, I’ve seen people in their 40’s in need of a new heart. You name it, I’ve probably seen it.
After feeling like I couldn’t watch people die anymore, I came home to Scott and told him I needed to do something different. I switched to an outpatient facility where we focus on getting people better and getting them back to what they enjoy most in life. I also went and looked into my personal training certificate around the same time.
So why a gym? My father was a successful business man owning multiple companies throughout his life, his first one at the age of 17. I’ve always wanted my own business and after seeing the lack of knowledge in the health /wellness area, and with my education and background, it seems like a no brainer. Also, having been a member of local gyms, I quickly realized that I wanted more out of it, so what better remedy than to create my own.
Last year my dad was diagnosed with stage four lung cancer and passed away 5 weeks after his diagnosis…. Now dad did smoke (mostly unfiltered) cigarettes for almost 60 years, so needless to say we were not shocked by his diagnosis. Earlier this week one of Abbie’s softball coaches lost his grandfather at the age of 95, and this morning while talking to A about it, she quickly realized that she was robbed of time with her own grandfather as she was 6 when she lost her grandfather and her coach (in his 30s) just lost his this week.
Now I fully believe that everything happens in God’s timing, but I can’t tell you how many times my kids have asked ‘Why did PopPop have to die?’,’Why did PopPop get sick?’, and Why did PopPop smoke?’. Some of these questions are easier than others, some we’ll never know the answers to, but trust that God’s plan is greater than ours. The other day when speaking to a younger patient about why I wanted to open a gym, she seemed appalled to learn that most disease ARE preventable and that our diet is the number one factor to most diseases.
I want my gym to be different. I want to help educate people not only on how to get stronger, but also on how to generally live healthier. I want to see Abbie and Zach as grandparents themselves one day, and the only way that is going to happen is by me taking care of myself and preventing chronic long term illnesses as best as I can. I want the ‘Cheers’ of gyms where everyone knows your name, and we can hold each other accountable. I want fitness to be fun again, the way we couldn’t wait for recess when we were kids. I want to help families live the best version of life, and help parents be great role models. I want education to be spewing out so we can better arm ourselves in this crazy thing called life. I’m excited to say that our gym is coming along.
While we do not have an ‘official’ opening date, I will be posting updates on our new FB page for our gym FourThree Fit. Why the name? You’ll have to check out the next post for that long (but worth it) story! HUGE thanks to all involved of making this dream of mine come true. I couldn’t be more thankful and blessed to have Scott by my side through all of this helping make it a reality. I hope once we’re open, you’ll come check us out and learn why we’re different.
And if you’ve read this far, Thank You!