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Our finance columnist offers up six fun and frugal ideas to keep the family active and adventurous this summer.

It is almost that time of year, where the kiddos will be home more often because school is out. The weather will be beautiful, and you will need creative ideas to make sure the kids do not waste their summer in front of the television playing video games and talking on the phone. It can be challenging to keep children engaged, while maintaining your sanity at the same time. Because let’s be real, do kids play outside anymore? I am sure there are kids that play outside but the media just wants us to believe all kids are wasting their lives away in front of the television, tablets, and cell phones, right?. While I love technology and understand the need to be tech savvy in this world, we have to feed our creative and engage with others in person.

Moms and Dads, I have picked my top fun and frugal activities to do with the children in Cincinnati this summer to break up the day from all that television and tablet watching.

Fun activities for Cincinnati and surrounding areas:

1. Pure Beauty Bar Cincinnati is hosting a Pure Beauty Camp. The camp is designed to help young girls, ages 13 to 18, embrace their own pure beauty. Fun activities such as a sleepover, vision board, health & fitness, hair/skin care, etiquette, anti-bullying, and financial fun (with yours truly).

2. Smale Riverfront Park is located in the banks of the Ohio River in downtown Cincinnati is filled with many attractions such as Carol Ann’s Carousel, oversized swings, rock climbing canyon, twin racing slides, water jets, and so much more!

3. The Public Library of Cincinnati and Hamilton County has an awesome summer reading program entitled Summer Adventure. As a participant, your child would receive an awesome Adventure Kit which includes a Summer Adventure passport, a free book, and a voucher for a free view level ticket to a Cincinnati Reds game. Each week has a theme and weekly prizes are given based on the themes.

4. The Kenwood, Mariemont, and Esquire Theatres are letting the kiddos enjoy free movies on Monday and Wednesday mornings. Additionally, several communities such as Anderson Township and Deerfield Township offer ‘Movies in the Park” on select days during the summer.

5. S&S Western Bowl, Heid Bowling Lanes, and Colerain Bowl offer a Kids Bowl Free program.

6. Parkey’s Playbarn, located at Parky’s Farm in Winton Woods, has an indoor, farm themed accessible playground and admission is $2.50 per child.

In the summer, the outdoors are a great way to get your kids moving and away from the television. It can be hard nowadays to keep the kiddos entertained but your local cities, parks, libraries, and neighborhoods are here to help you out. Do a little research if your neighborhood was not mentioned above, Google is a great resource to find inexpensive activities for the entire family to enjoy.

Summer activities for the kiddos should not break the bank. The key to remember is expensive does not equal more fun. I have heard of tons of parents who state their kids have more fun with the cardboard box, then with the millions of toys they have in their room. Summer is almost here, so do some research and have some fun with the children this year.

Stay frugal my friends!


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Ready to get your SWERK on? Keep reading to learn more about this fun, innovative dance craze that’s making its way to the Tri-State!


SWERK is a new fitness routine that helps you shed weight while having fun.

Rachel Vickhouse and Chelsea Mozel were searching for a way to get back to their pre-baby shape after kids. As avid hip hop lovers, they didn’t just want to get fit again, they wanted to make it fun. So they launched SWERK, a newest dance fitness routine.

“Our upbeat routines are paired with the hottest pop and hip hop songs to make you sweat, work, and twerk your way to weight loss and toned bodies,” says Mozel. “SWERK focuses on slimming your core and rounding your glutes while building your confidence and self-esteem!”

The two were inspired to launch SWERK through their love of dance and hip hop music. “We channeled our inner college club nights and feelings of letting loose and really getting down in a format that is easy and fun to follow,” explains Vickhouse.

The routines include a hint of high intensity interval training that’s developed into the playlists they use in order to help maximize your workout experience and burn calories.

SWERK isn’t just any group fitness class, the duo says, adding that it is an experience. “It’s an hour of kid-free, judgement-free, me time while reliving the glory days,” says Mozel. “We pride ourselves on providing an environment that will make you feel good about working out, and make you excited to keep doing it!”

The two say their ultimate goal is to help you build your confidence while building and shaping your booty as well.

SWERK classes vary by price depending on where you are attending, with most drop-in rates ranging between $5 and $10. To sign up or find a class near you, visit

When you attend a SWERK class, you’ll sweat, laugh, and shake things you’ve never shaken before. Vickhouse says that students will get a high cardio workout without realizing how many calories they burn. She also prides SWERK as a place where everyone is welcome. “You will never feel out of place and you will make new friends,” she says. “It’s honestly booty-ful!”

SWERK is currently located in six different cities around the Dayton and Cincinnati areas, with the main hub being located at MVP Dance Fit in Kettering.

Vickhouse and Mozel hope to continue expanding SWERK throughout 2017. They’re currently certifying new instructors in order to offer SWERK at gyms, studios, events, and fundraisers throughout the area. “We are working hard to build our SWERK Squad so we can deliver the exact same sweaty, awesome experience all over the world,” says Mozel.

You can learn more about SWERK on their website or by checking them out on Facebook. Interested in learning more about SWERK or ready to start building booties in your town? Send Vickhouse and Mozel an email at


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Ready to change your life for the better? A local gym is focused on inspiring a positive lifestyle change while you work on your fitness.


Transform U Fitness inspires you to change your lifestyle for the better through group and semi-private training.

Mike Seta has spent the last decade building an understanding and love for the fitness industry.

“Healthy living has always been exceedingly important to me personally,” he says.

That’s why he launched Transform U Fitness, a gym that aims to create an environment of acceptance and encouragement. “I want our clients to come into Transform U Fitness and feel understood and supported so they feel prepared to run confidently toward their goals,” he says.

Seta says that launching Transform U Fitness has not only allowed him to share his knowledge of health and fitness with clients, but it has allowed him to take his passion to the next level and pursue his calling as both an instructor and a motivator.

“My main focus is inspiring a positive lifestyle change in my clients and working with them to develop real world skills to sustain their success, whether it be in body building, weight loss, or overall health,” he says. “I love what I do and I feel grateful to be in a profession that allows me to help people on their journey toward fitness and strength.”

At Transform U Fitness, clients can choose from team training and semi-private personal training.

Team training is ideal for clients who have always wanted their own personal trainer but didn’t want to have to confront the costs of it. The fitness program at Transform U can be adapted to all shapes, sizes, and fitness levels. “By delivering our distinctive personal training program in a group, we help our clients do complete transformations ranging from weight loss to wedding day makeovers,” says Seta.

If you’re looking for a more personal approach to your fitness regimen, you may want to consider the semi-private training sessions. These 60-minute sessions are built custom to fit each individual’s needs. “You will get a program created for your personal goals while training within a small group of 1-3 clients,” says Seta. “By training with a friend or in a group, you will push and motivate each other to get the most out of each quality workout, plus you’ll have lots of fun!”

For those who are dedicated to changing their lifestyle and fitness, Transform U Fitness offers a free 14-day trial, which you can sign up for here. According to Seta, the program includes personal training and help with accountability, daily nutrition guidance, goal setting, measurement racking, and overall lifestyle changing.

To learn more about Transform U Fitness, visit You can also like them on Facebook.


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A local fitness studio has given itself a new image to help clients reach their health goals through one-on-one training, personal training, and a specialty bootcamp. Read on for more!


Cincy Chic: Tell us more about FitZone!
Chris Witbrodt, Owner of FitZone: FitZone is a private personal training studio in Cincinnati Ohio. We specialize in creating efficient, individualized programming for 1 person, in a small group setting. Our sessions have between 1 and 4 clients per session and each person has their own program, and 1 coach.

Cincy Chic: What inspired you to open FitZone?
Witbrodt: FitZone’s inspiration is based on the poor direction the fitness industry has taken. People need real help with what to do, how often to do it and how to do it, with the intensity required to actually make a change. Large group fitness provides little direction and only way to workout, 1 on 1 personal training can be very expensive and large gyms with $10 a month dues only care about the transaction, not the client.

Cincy Chic: Who’s behind the studio?
Witbrodt: I’m the trainer behind FitZone. I have 15 years experience, 20,000 hours logged worth of transformations, methodology for adherence, and programming for busy men and women looking to go back 10 years.

Cincy Chic: When did you launch FitZone?
Witbrodt: FitZone has been here for one year but with little direction or culture. The change is now though. May 8th FitZone will host its first 21-day challenge. FitZone now has a leader, a direction, and a culture that is here to stay.

Cincy Chic: What types of classes do you offer clients?
Witbrodt: FitZone offers personal training, 1-on-1 training, and a specialty bootcamp that only last 45 minutes. FitZone’s bootcamp is created by an NFL strength coach and has not only a great metabolic conditioning component but an efficient workout for busy professionals looking to burn max calories.

Cincy Chic: What makes FitZone unique?
Witbrodt: FitZone uses MyZone technology with their bootcamps and training. MyZone is a heart rate monitor based training made popular by OrangeTheory Fitness, but not exclusive to them. The FitZone leader board is very unique. Every client has a defined goal and that goal is recognized publicly. The client’s percentage to goal is monitored and given a number, and is annotated on the client leader board for other clients to see who is in the lead each week.

Cincy Chic: Is there anything new on the horizon for FitZone in 2017?
Witbrodt: Everything from the paint, the energy, and the unparalleled interaction with your trainer. May 8th starts our 21-Day Belly Buster Challenge and we’re also hosting an upcoming Charity Bootcamp that will benefit veterans.

Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more and follow along with FitZone?
Witbrodt: Check out our Facebook page, follow along with our blog, or visit


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Busy schedule keeping you from a healthy routine? Learn about a new Barre3 studio offering online and late-night classes.

Barre3 recently opened a new fitness studio in Mariemont.
Barre3 recently opened a new fitness studio in Mariemont.

In an effort to bring fitness opportunities to additional parts of the Tri-State, Barre3 recently opened a studio in Mariemont on Oct. 3.

But what is Barre3, you might ask? According to Corporate Communications Lead Michelle Jahnke, “Barre3 mixes athleticism, grace, and the latest innovations designed to balance the body.”

The concept of Barre3 was inspired by ballet barre, yoga, and Pilates. “Our instructors guide you through a specific sequence of movements that tone and lengthen all major muscle groups, rev your heart rate, and strengthen your body,” says Jahnke.

The Barre3 studio in Mariemont is owned by Karey Matteucci, who says that bringing a Barre3 to Mariemont was a no brainer.

“My husband and I both grew up in a neighborhood about 10 minutes away from our studio,” she explains. “I started my Barre3 journey while living in California. As a new mom in a new city I instantly fell in love with not only the classes but the community the studio built as a client and then as an instructor! I knew that I had to bring this amazing whole body program back to my hometown. I can’t wait for this adventure with the Mariemont community. My passion is teaching and connecting with clients beyond the barre. I am excited to share my passion and barre3 with the local Cincinnati community and inspire others to find their own internal mantra and appreciate their own beauty from within.”

While the idea of attending a class like Barre3 everyday sounds like a good idea, it isn’t always something that can fit into the schedule of a working mom.

But, thanks to their on-site signature childcare classes, Barre3 Mariemont has flexible class times that begin as early as 6 a.m. and go as late at 7 p.m. “This allows us to encourage every client, male or female, to make their Barre3 workout their own,” adds Matteucci.

To help with the craziness of a busy schedule and lifestyle, Barre3 is offering online classes in addition to their in-studio classes.

Matteucci says the online workouts are highly efficient and adaptable to those of any fitness level. “It includes a new workout posted every Monday combined with a discussion forum that gives you access to the instructor featured in the video, who acts as a guide for that week,” she says.

Matteucci adds that additional information regarding the online classes can be found here.

Matteucci says that although the studio just opened, they’re already planning to debut a new program in January, which is something you’ll have to stay tuned for.

The Mariemont studio is located at 7449 Wooster Pike in Cincinnati. To learn more about the studio and the classes offered, click here.

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A local Francophile is bringing a French touch to the Tri-State. Learn about her private fitness studio and how she’s placing an emphasis on self-love to get you to where you want to be mentally and physically.

Jill Landis, Founder of Bell et Bien Fitness in O'Bryonville.
Jill Landis, Founder of Belle et Bien Fitness in O’Bryonville.

To Jill Landis, fitness is more than just an hour at the gym a few times a week – it’s a lifestyle.

“Every decision we make affects our health and happiness; what we eat, how we sleep, what we think, and how we exercise,” says Landis.

This thought process is why Landis started her private fitness studio Belle et Bien Fitness. “We specialize in small group training that builds strength while maximizing calorie burn,” she says. “Our classes blend traditional strength-training with bodyweight exercises and plyometrics.”

The program offered at Belle is structured to meet the needs of each individual client, whether they’ve never worked out a day in their life or are a seasoned athlete, to everyone in between, Landis wants everyone to achieve their fitness goals.

In addition to the private fitness studio, Landis offers information and support for building an overall healthier lifestyle, including assistance with making nutritional choices.

Landis says she was also inspired to launch Belle through a promotion of change resulting in self-love rather than self-hate. “We promote self-acceptance as the path to fitness,” she explains. “For this reason, there are no mirrors in the workout space. Furthermore, our message is that exercise and good nutrition are a reward, not a punishment.”

Landis has a background in the health and fitness world, which is what makes her decision to open up a fitness studio all the better. A certified personal trainer and group instructor, Landis has years of experience helping people make the necessary changes needed to get and stay fit.

“The program at Belle is intended to be used as the best of two models for fitness success: The individual attention of personal training and the comradery and affordability of group fitness,” she says.

There are two categories of classes offered at Belle: strength and cardio. Landis says that the strength classes target specific muscle groups through a variety of exercises and modalities such as traditional strength training, bodyweight exercises, and postures borrowed from yoga and other traditions. The second category is cardio. “Cardio classes are designed, through a blend of strength-based exercises and plyometric movies, to increase overall calorie burn,” explains Landis. One of the most popular classes at Belle thanks to its efficiency in achieving a maximum burn is HIIT (high-intensity interval training).

Although the studio is new, Landis just opened the doors to Belle on October 1, it brings a unique quality to the Tri-State. Located in a converted photography studio, there are hardwood floors, chandelier lighting, and high ceilings – making you feel like you’re in a relaxing atmosphere doing workouts that feel as though you should be in a hardcore training gym.

“It’s an interesting blend that speaks to a core truth: beauty is sweat, sweat is beauty,” says Landis.

Another attribute of Belle’s uniqueness is the name of the studio. A self-proclaimed Francophile, Landis has the tendency to blend the French language and culture into different aspects of Belle. “The studio name and design, the names of workouts, and elements of the traditional French lifestyle including the high value the French place on fresh, lovingly-prepared food shared with others makes the studio unique,” she says.

Landis says that although Belle is a brand new studio, she will be offering plenty of new classes and other workshops. “We are hoping to begin a class just for expectant and new moms in November,” she adds. She also wants to add more 30-minute HIIT classes to the schedule in the coming months and hosting a variety of lifestyle programs.

Belle is located at 1989 Madison Road in historic O’Bryonville, next to Bob Roncker’s Running Spot.

To learn more more Belle et Bien Fitness, click here. You can also follow along on Facebook and Instagram. To schedule a private consultation, call 513-813-0031 or click here to drop in and try your first class for free.

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Two local fitness and supplement gurus are bringing a new type of product to the market. Learn about the company that’s aiming to change the skepticism surrounding supplements in the fitness industry.

Power Blendz Nutrition
Power Blendz Nutrition is a line of lifestyle products and guides to help you improve your health.

Ready to take your health (and life) to the next level? Whether you think fitness and nutrition is for you, it is, and that’s where Power Blendz Nutrition comes in.

“Power Blendz Nutrition is a new lifestyle line of products and guides that is the culmination of over two decades of formulating quality supplements for the fitness industry,” explains Power Blendz Nutrition co-founder Chris Hack.

Jim Riggs and Hack were inspired to launch Power Blendz Nutrition after encountering a plethora of “nutrition brands” that were more skeptical than realistic. “Consumers need a supplement brand that they can trust and turn to for information and advice,” says Hack.

The lack of trust has resulted in an era of skepticism for the supplement industry, an era that Hack and Riggs hope they can turn around. “Power Blendz assurance exceeds industry standards to always meet label claims and provide meaningful products with proper ratios and doses,” he adds.

Power Blendz, which launched in July 2016, offers products from several categories including:

  • Essential Nutrition: Products that everyone can benefit from and are “essential” to the human diet.
  • Performance Nutrition: Products for those individuals who are looking to get the most out of their exercise routines.
  • Health Lifestyle and Nutrition Books: These books are an evolving series of easy-to-follow guides to help with adopting a lifestyle change through diet, exercise, and proper supplementation.
  • Smoothie Bundles: Coming soon, these will be smoothie bundle packages and recipes for people to make goal-specific smoothies at home or on-the-go.

Hack says that Power Blendz is a unique product that this duo prides itself on. He explains before the company would put its name on a product, they had to ask themselves one simple question: “Is this something we would recommend to our friends and family, including our own children?”

As individuals who come from fitness and nutrition backgrounds, Hack and Riggs have been in the supplement industry since 1994. They’re passionate about what they do, including providing products and services that will truly make a difference in people’s lives and help in achieving their goals.

As far as the future of Power Blendz Nutrition, Hack says that the remainder of 2016 and into 2017 will focus on getting Power Blendz Nutrition established in the marketplace. “We plan to continue using our experience and all of the materials that we have developed over the years and put this into a format that we can share with our customers,” he adds.

To learn more about Power Blendz, visit

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We chat with the local lady behind a local fitness studio that encourages you to grow and transform through a custom-created new lifestyle design.

Tracey Palmer, Founder of TruFyre Fitness.
Tracey Palmer, Founder of TruFyr Fitness.

Cincy Chic: What is TruFyr Fitness?
Tracey Palmer, Founder of TruFyr Fitnes: TruFyr Fitness is both concept and concrete strategy for finding the fire that is simmering in everyone and is ready to ignite, grow, transform, be strong, and motivate through lifestyle design.

Cincy Chic: What’s the inspiration behind TruFyr Fitness?
Palmer: TruFyr Fitness came to life from my personal transformation. With a background in nursing and understanding how the body can work both for us, and against us, I wanted to use my education to help clients begin there own journey of transformation and get the most out of their lives. I want to help clients feel strong, powerful, and alive.


Cincy Chic: Who’s behind it?
Palmer: I am the founder of TruFyr Fitness.

Cincy Chic: When did it launch?
Palmer: I conceived and launched TruFyr Fitness in January 2016.

Cincy Chic: What types of classes do you offer?
Palmer: I currently offer my Tru-Power 45 class. This is a unique program that incorporates many unique aspects of fitness through an intense 45 minute full body workout. Proper technique, safe physical activities and a fun flavor to the class creates an atmosphere of fun and excitement!

I also provide one on one coaching by appointment. Group training sessions, assisted stretching, nutritional education along with innovative ideas including lifestyle design are all part of services I provide.

Cincy Chic: Can you give us price points?
Palmer: Price points for classes, group training, assisted stretching and other available services vary depending upon the session you choose.

Cincy Chic: Where can readers go to learn more?
Palmer: You can find me at TruFyrFitness on Facebook and Instagram.

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Get all the details on a new fitness class in the Blue Ash/Montgomery area that lets you get active while your kids watch from the comfort of their strollers.

Fit4Mom Blue Ash/Montgomery is a fitness group that includes moms and their babies.
Fit4Mom Blue Ash/Montgomery is a fitness group that includes moms and their babies.

Once we become mothers, taking care of ourselves sometimes falls to the wayside. With caring for the little ones, making sure dinner is ready, and giving the kid a bath before bed, it’s easy to see why many mothers don’t make “me” a No. 1 priority.

To help moms take back their health and fitness, Lisa Druxman founded Fit4Mom back in 2001. “It’s the nation’s leading fitness program designed for the conditioning and well-being of mothers and their babies,” explains Fit4Mom Blue Ash/Montgomery founder Colleen O’Connell.

O’Connell says that she was inspired to bring a Fit4Mom group to Blue Ash and Montgomery after she took a mommy-friendly fitness class called Stroller Strides while living in San Diego. “I have returned to my hometown of Cincinnati to launch a new Fit4Mom franchise offering Stroller Strides and Fit4Baby classes,” she says.


O’Connell has more than 20 years of dance experience, including 3 years on Xavier University’s Dance Team, so she knows what it means to lead a high-energy and active lifestyle.

She also knows first-hand how important your physical fitness and wellbeing is. When she was pregnant in 2014, O’Connell developed pre-eclampsia. As a result, she was placed on strict hospital bedrest for 5 weeks.

“I lost most of my muscle tone, strength, and energy during pregnancy and postpartum,” she says. “I had an emergency C-section at 32 weeks and I was determined to start working out again after my doctor gave me clearance.”

Clearance meant that she started participating in Stroller Strides classes in January 2015. She also became a Certified Stroller Strides and Fit4Baby instruction in December 2015. “My fitness background, passion for motherhood, and my marketing degree from Xavier University will hopefully allow me to enthusiastically inspire other women to achieve better health,” says O’Connell.

According to O’Connell, her favorite part of Fit4Mom is that it was founded by a mom and lovingly created for mothers. “Coming from a career in the male-dominated automotive industry, I was working over 50 hours a week and was floundering trying to figure out how to be a mom,” says O’Connell. “I needed a village that was accepting and nurturing of my new role as a mom, and Fit4Mom has filled that void for me.”

Now, O’Connell gets to bring her son with her to work everyday, and he’s surrounded by fitness, health, and a village of loving and supporting women.

O’Connell also hopes to bring a sense of community to her Fit4Mom group. “Fit4Mom Blue Ash/Montgomery is here to help women through all stages of motherhood,” she says. “We are more than a fitness class or gym membership. We foster a village of moms that support and encourage each other.”

To O’Connell, Fit4Mom is about more than just helping moms get their pre-baby body back. It’s about helping to shape the next generation.

“Our children are watching us exercise, push ourselves, encourage others, share, and many other important values all from the seat of the stroller,” she adds.

According to O’Connell, Fit4Mom offers different programs. Altogether, these programs are available in more than 1,400 locations in the United States. As for the Blush Ash/Montgomery locatio, it opened on April 30, 2016 and offers Stroller Strides and Fit4Baby.

You can find the following programs available at the Blue Ash/Montgomery location:

Stroller Strides: A stroller-based fitness program designed for moms with little ones. Each 60-minute, total body workout incorporates power walking/jogging, strength, toning, and fun for kids.

Fit4Baby: A program designed to strengthen the body for all the changes it will experience during pregnant. These classes exclusively focus on pregnant moms!

Stroller Strides classes are offered at Weller Park on Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. The Village Playground is free and is usually held Wednesday at 10:30 a.m., although the locations vary from week-to-week.

Since its launch 15 years ago, Fit4Mom has been recognized as the Best in Category for fitness by Franchise Business Review for 2015. It’s also been included in the prestigious Franchise top 50 for the 5th year in a row. The organization also partners with companies including New Chapter, LUNA, and BOB.

If you want to try out Fit4Mom, the first class is always free. O’Connell says the group offers several membership options. “Our most popular plans are the maternity leave package, teacher’s special, and unlimited monthly membership,” she says. There’s also a pay-as-you-go option for $15 per class.

According to O’Connell, there’s a lot to look forward to for the Blue Ash/Montgomery group. “We will be launching our Fit4Baby prenatal classes in September,” she says.

You’ll also want to stay tuned for the Fit4Baby schedule, grand opening date, and location, all of which will be announced very soon.

You can learn more about Fit4Mom at and by checking them out on Facebook.

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See how one local woman turned her struggles with weight into an opportunity to help Tri-State women and kids get healthier with a practical plan for diet and exercise.

STRONG! Fitness encourages women and children to get healthy is a practical plan for diet and exercise.

It was 2009 and Reagan Zugelter, founder of STRONG! Fitness, had given birth to Sadie, her second daughter. She walked into her second pregnancy retaining weight from the first and was now at 200 pounds. Zugelter openly admits that she has always struggled with her weight but this was her heaviest.

Despondent Zugelter fell deeper into the hole by drowning her sorrows in rich foods and decadent drinks.

She arrived at her yearly physical which started with a weigh-in, ended with a good cry and the commitment to make a change. It took Zugelter two years to loose 35 pounds but this wasn’t just about weight, it was a lifestyle change and the drive to set a good example for her daughters. “I am glad it took me that long because I was able to focus on developing long-term healthy habits,” Zugelter says.

A “before and after” transformation of Zugelter.

During this time, Zugelter fell in love with fitness. She became a fitness instructor at the YMCA teaching Bootcamp, HIIT and Insanity classes and found that she had a talent for teaching and passion for helping women reach their fitness goals.

In 2016, Zugelter decided to focus her efforts on women and opened STRONG! Fitness. “I have always been passionate about empowering women of all fitness levels, as well as mentoring kids on exercise,” she says.

Zugelter is deeply familiar with the unique pressures women face in terms of body image. “As women, we can be hard on ourselves and critical of our bodies because we see so many covers of magazines with this ideal image of how women should look like,” Zugelter says.

Zugelter, however, is on a mission to change this perception. “I want to help women realize that they are beautiful and STRONG! You don’t have to be a size two to be healthy,” she says.

STRONG! Fitness tackles body image issues by focusing on overall health and strength rather than being a slave to the scale. It also teaches women to focus on themselves and honor their needs.

Zugelter today.
Reagan Zugelter, Founder of STRONG! Fitness.

“I understand how hectic life can be for women and how they often put themselves last on the list. I created STRONG! to offer something different for women versus a traditional gym. This isn’t just about working out, I want to build a community of like-minded women that not only exercise together but support, encourage and help one another on their own personal health journeys,” Zugelter says.

STRONG! Fitness is unique in that most classes are outside so clients are able to utilize the elements and keep things fresh.

“I am a big believer in working out doesn’t have to be boring so I strive to make workouts fun by incorporating partner training, games and using unique exercises and equipment. Ladies that attend class and my one on one body program will tell you that they have never done the same workout twice,” Zugelter says.

STRONG! Fitness offers 45 to 55-minute classes that run six days a week, welcomes women of all fitness levels and focuses on gaining endurance, strength and energy.

If you’re looking for a more individualized approach Zugelter offers the STONG! Body program. Each week clients receive a one hour customized workout, custom-tailored meal plan, nutrition guidance, the STRONG! grocery list and a recipe booklet.

STRONG! Workshops also offers nutrition classes that women can host in their home with a group of family and friends to learn the ins and outs of nutrition and meal planning.

A new addition to STRONG! Fitness that Zugelter is particularly excited about is the STRONG! Kids, a summer program starting this June.“This program is a great way to keep kids active during the summer and teach children that exercise can be fun and interactive,” Zugelter says. Not sure if you’re ready to start your summer fitness challenge? Zugelter encourages readers to come for a trial class.

To learn more about STRONG! Fitness and their class schedule visit their website at Connect with Zugelter on Facebook to get free healthy recipes, workouts, a class schedule and other tips.