For Those Who Want More
More than Skinny, more than Strong. More than Yourself. Just more.
At Fit FRIENDzy Studios we believe in lifestyle fitness, rather than unsustainable "quick fixes."
We believe in variety and experimenting and stepping outside our comfort zone. We believe in playing just as hard as we work.
We drink wine.
We believe in being a second home for every age, shape and size. We believe "fit" has a million meanings and that it starts with self love, with loving who you are, today.
We believe you belong here just as much as every other FRIEND. We believe our FRIENDz will make sure you feel that way too.
We believe in showing you why you are a spectacular example for your children, family & friends. We believe you matter, a lot.
We already believe in you. Your turn.
Because you're not a Number, you're a Name. You're a FRIEND.
What We Stand For
Elite instructors, intimate setting, dream-worthy results.
No more huge gym classes, no more dull aerobics rooms, no more terrible instructors. Most important, no more being a number. At Fit FRIENDzy Studios, not only will you find the best of the best Instructors and a spirit-boosting FUN setting ... you'll also feel at home.
It's about time you became a Name, a FRIEND. It's about time you join the rest of the Fit FRIENDzy Studios Family and let us help you achieve your goals.
We're all in this together, and if you're willing to step outside your comfort zone ... we at FRIENDzy Studios would be honored to show you who you're meant to be.
BRANDS YOU KNOW, SO WHY COME HERE?
(the local gym has them for $20/month, we get it. not really.)
Overhead white lights make us cringe too. Our lighting coordinates with our classes. Sometimes they're purple, other times red. Lot's of shades. But never white.
Oh, and we dress up. Tutus, wings, costumes, neon. Lot's of neon. All optional, all highly suggested.
Not many fitness studios have a goal for smaller classes. We do. Of course, we want them full ... but we also want you to see us. And, confession, we like to see you too :)
Classes range from 5-25, depending on the format & room. And there are over 150 of them every month.
Remember, you're not a Number ... you're a FRIEND.
The FRIENDz you'll meet in our home will become more than nameless acquaintances in the local fitness class. They'll welcome you, with big open arms. They'll help you, share with you their stories. They'll support you.
FRIENDz come in every age, shape, and size. Just look for yourself.
This is the real reason why.
What Can I Expect?
A Visual of FRIENDzship
From a virtual tour of our home, to a 30-second promo video, or a 2 minute flash through some of our first memories, or a 15 minute video made by one of our very own FRIENDz. Or check out our YouTube channel, or one of our endless collections of photos.
What will you see? Every age, shape, size and any other amazing trait that makes each FRIEND unique. What else? Smiles. Lot's of smiles.
Just a gym? Ha.
What Real Looks Like
Do we deny that being overweight has as direct correlation to serious health issues? Of course not. Do we believe that healthy comes in one shape, size or age? Of course not. Do we believe the only measure of success is the number on the scale? Of course not. And you shouldn't either.
Do we believe transformation, inside and out, is possible without deprivation and unhappiness? Absolutely. And so do these FRIENDz ... feel free to ask them.
The Story of Lauren "Pigtails"
It all started in a big sweaty gym with her mom and future sister-in-law, and a couple of hair elastics. Read this blog post walking you through those early years.
Lauren loved dancing, performing and just basically living a well-rounded life. She grew up dancing and cheering and stuck with it through college. After attending WPI and getting her undergrad in Industrial Engineering and her Master of Science in Operational Design & Leadership, she suddenly found there wasn't time. Correction, she wasn't making time.
Then, she started making time (OK, her mom forced her to try Zumba), and she found she loved parts of it. The classes, for sure. The environment, not so much. Big gymnasium-style classes with bright lighting and often sub-par instructors started to make her question if it was worth making the time.
Then her mom said "let's get certified!" OK ... if she didn't "have time" to take classes, how on earth would she teach, she thought? You can see now why she simply doesn't allow limiting thoughts like that to enter her universe. Ever.
It started with 1 class/week. Then 3. Then 5. At one point 12. All over Central MA. She became known as the vagabond "Zumba teacher with the pigtails" ... tailgater speaker, suitcase of merchandise, obnoxious FB posting, newsletter, punch cards ... and more!
Then, one night, en route to the last standing studio she was renting out she made a decision it just didn't feel right ... so she changed plans. She canceled that class, posted on FB that she'd be at Institute Park in an hour if anyone wanted to join. And join they did. Dozens and dozens joined each week that Fall. Until the opportunity to open our home fell into her lap.
That's Lauren's story. The birth of our home. The rest, FRIENDz, is YOURS.