How old are you and where are you from?
I am 41 and from McLean, Virginia.
How did the gym come to be?
After sitting on the shower floor every morning, pondering what the hell I was doing with my life, I quit my job in 2009 and went back to accelerated trade school to learn as much as I could about strength and conditioning. When I finished, I did personal training at World’s, drove to rich people’s homes for mobile workouts, organized boot camps for my friends, ran local high school offseason programs, whatever and wherever I could get my hands on clients. I also barbacked on the weekends to make ends meet.
After building up Performance360 clientele for two years, I reached out to my college teammate, Bryan Pritz, and he didn’t take much convincing. He had just finished his up pro ball career with the Red Sox organization, and looking to start his professional career. We saw eye to eye on the vision for the gym instantly, and well, here we are.
What did that experience teach you?
How to tailor communication. I would go from professional athlete, to full-time mom, to group boot camp all in a single afternoon.
Why did you decide to open the gym?
I believed there was a better way to do all aspects of the gym experience than were currently being done. For something so important (fitness), I felt it inexcusable to make high quality training so hard to access. Still do.
Are there any personal results or transformations you’ve achieved through fitness that you’d like to share?
Less about what’s on my barbell and more about how does fitness support my daily lifestyle needs. I’m a big believer that there is too much gym time.
What’s the biggest piece of advice you can share?
You’re ready as you are right now.
Where are you going locally to destroy food, and what are you ordering?
Four slices at Mr. Moto Pizza and a garlic knot. #PizzaSunday.