Want to hear the story of how we got started and made the transition from personal trainers to gym owners? Below is our very first blog post after having opened our own personal training studio. This was written in August of 2015 after we overcame a tough situation and ultimately how Body By Bam began to grow. There will be an update next week on where we are now, and what we have accomplished since then to follow.
“…let us throw off everything that hinders, and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with endurance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.” Hebrews 12: 1-3
“Big news for our business was revealed this week. We officially announced the grand opening of our personal training facility, our very own private studio to train our clients and transform lives. This new adventure is a surreal, dream come true. Now that we have shared some of the most exciting news of our lives, I am compelled to share the very tough obstacles we OVERCAME to get to where we are.”
“We have been running our business out of a local gym that allowed outside trainers to train clients using their facilities, with only a membership required. For those who don’t know how personal training works, most gyms hire trainers under their business name and take a percentage or a cut of their sales, usually anywhere from 30-50%! So, as you can see, a lot of independent trainers really utilized this gym we were using to run their own business and keep their hard earned profits. Needless to say, there was an incident, very miniscule, dealing with a trainer, client, and member complaint, leading to the banning of ALL trainers and clients in their local facilities as of Tuesday, August 25th, 2015. Many trainers, including us, were left wondering how we were going to put food on the table.”
“This could have been devastating, but for some reason, with the way God has been so present in our lives, we had an odd sense of peace. With me being a naturally anxious person, it was ironic to say the least. Less than an hour later, we were led to Carlos Handal at CKO Kickboxing in Greenville, SC. It just so happened that he had a very reasonable space about 1100 sq. ft. for rent. That night we decided (or God decided I should say), this would be our gym. God took our 5 year plan that day and turned it into a 5 day plan.”
“From there, we searched constantly, anywhere and everywhere, for reasonable equipment, all of the basics we knew we needed to effectively train our clients. We took what small amount of savings we had, kept our faith in God’s plan STRONG, and trusted it to him. We were also led to Alese Smith, another local trainer put into our lives recently, who underwent the circumstance with us. Together, we were able to afford taking that leap of faith out on our own. Five days from what could have been the most devastating news of our lives, we opened our first personal training facility. ”
“For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jeremiah 29:11