12/31/2009 05:00AM ● Published by Wendy Sipple
Photo by Dante Fontana
Describe your business.
FitCHIX Bootcamp is a 5-day a week fitness/nutrition experience for women in the Placer County area. We not only do indoor and outdoor workouts, but we also enter charity events and have weekend getaways as a group. Our indoor days are done on spring-loaded floors with weights, bands, hula hoops, jump ropes, hurdles, etc. We also offer Zumba, Yoga and Turbo Kickboxing.
Did you find it, or did it find you?
FitCHIX was born from a longtime desire of mine to create a social yet challenging environment for women to achieve their goals and feel fabulous about themselves. Susan, the owner of American Powerhouse TNT in Rocklin, approached me about beginning such a program in her facility and it has been magic since then!
How are you involved with both the community and your customer?
My ladies are not just my “customers!” I tell them that I carry them in my pocket with me and think of how to best get them to where they want to be. They constantly inspire me. I am a committee member of Run Rocklin, which benefits the Matt Redding Foundation and leads free community runs. I just returned from San Francisco with 21 ladies, where we ran in a charity event for Leukemia and Lymphoma. As well, we participated in the “Run to Feed the Hungry” in November.
Why is your staff the best in the business?
My coaches are rock stars! Not only are they trained, certified fitness professionals (one of my coaches has a Masters in Kinesiology), but they have practical knowledge as running coaches, athletes and being fit moms. I have a degree in exercise science and 18 years of industry knowledge, so I strive to lead a program rooted in proven principals rather than fads.
What life accomplishments are you most proud of?
This past year I won a local sprint triathlon. It was very challenging for me without a swimming background and my family was there to cheer me on, as I was the first female finisher.
If you could meet someone living or dead, who would it be and why?
It would be Brandon Whitehurst who recently passed at the San Jose Rock ‘n’ Roll Half Marathon on October 4. I unfortunately was there for his final moments and have now befriended his wife. I run in his honor today, even though I never knew him.
And finally, customer service is…?
Thinking out of the box to help my gals reach their goals of being healthy, and inspiring those around them to do the same.