Fit Fam

Now that The Sweat Life is going full-steam ahead, I have officially decided I have the best job in the world. Aside from the obvious perk of working out for a living, I get to spend the majority of my time trying out, appreciating, and showing off the amazing work of an amazing community of people, whose sole mission in life is to help people get healthier — and they couldn’t be more passionate about it!

While so many of us get to experience amazing classes and workouts throughout this city — soaking in the endorphins while sweat drips from every inch, and pondering the meaningful lessons an inspiring trainer may have shared with us during our 45-90 minute activity of choice — few of us get to take a peek behind the curtain, and learn about the blood, sweat, tears, and true passion that went into creating every minute of the experience we just had. I feel lucky every day that I do, in fact, get to see behind that curtain.

I am nothing but inspired each time I get to sit down with a studio owner, head trainer, or instructor, and hear about why they decided to create their studio or method, the process that went into it, and their goals they want to achieve. While each have different stories on how they got into the business, as well as unique training methods, one answer is always the same: Their one collective goal is to help people live healthier lives, and have the best experience doing so. Even more, they want to change people’s lives - and that is exactly what they are doing.

I am always moved to hear stories from the clients of these varying studios, of how the workouts, the instructors that teach them, and the community around them have changed their entire lives. In addition to physical transformations, these workouts have changed their lives on an emotional level. It’s just powerful. And behind every one of these stories is a person  - and a team - that have created the community and experience these people are so moved to speak about.

While one of our biggest missions here at The Sweat Life is to help all of you see behind the curtain, and celebrate the amazing people who have put everything they are and everything they have into helping you get fit (and so much more), this week we are taking a special moment to truly celebrate this industry - the people, the methods, the good, the bad, and the not-ugly.

This may seem a strange time for me to share the article on “banning” that you will find in our FITNESS section, but I hope you will see why I felt this was the perfect week to share such sentiments.

You will also hear from some dedicated members of the Fit Fam: Barry’s Bootcamp trainer Patrick Frost explains why he bumped his modeling career aside to give full attention to his clients; BurnThis founder Anna Kohanski Mason took the Fit Fam online; Bari Studio owner Alexandra Bonetti has given teens an outlet to #sweat, and we meet one of the newest members of the Fit Fam, Alex Silver-Fagan, who is just breaking into the industry.

As you read through the site this week, and then head out to visit your favorite studios, classes, instructors, and trainers - be sure to take an extra moment to let them know how their hard work has touched you. I promise, you will make their day.

To all of our #fitfam members, this week goes out to you, your amazing work, passion, missions, and all that you do.

Until next week,

Aly Teich
Founder, CEO, and Host
The Sweat Life