New women’s gym, Switch Fitness, opening soon in Rochester

There are tons of great gyms in the Rochester, MN area, but if you haven’t found your favorite yet, a new gym is opening on Monday, October 31st! And women, this one is just for you!

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New gym for women, [Switch] Fitness, opening soon in Rochester

A lot of people know what my job was before I got into this radio stuff..and I’m sorry if I yelled at you while I was on this job. I promise, it wasn’t a mean shout, it was an encouraging shout and I had to shout because the music was playing in that cycling room at the gym. Yes, I was a gym rat… and I loved it. The gym is my happy place.

Over the years of teaching fitness classes, I saw so many women who felt like they didn’t belong. They struggle with various uncertainties and challenges that life throws at them. And unfortunately, the environment to make us healthier has not always been helpful because, shockingly the gym is not always a female-friendly environment.

When I heard that a new women’s gym was opening, I wanted to give the owner, Shelly Walker, a big hug because I know so many women who really need it. That hug hasn’t happened yet, but I had a short Q&A session about her new place:

Q. So, Shelly, how long have you lived in Rochester? A. Born and raised!

Q. What was the moment you knew opening up was your dream? [Switch] Fitness? A. This dream has been a few years in the making, but looking back I would say the moment it started was over 7 years ago when I made the decision in my own life to really start prioritizing my health. It meant looking in the mirror and being incredibly honest with myself and starting to focus more on the inner work over everything else. I have always enjoyed being physically active, but have struggled with maintaining a healthy weight, body image, and balanced nutrition throughout my life.

I was a working mother of two and I was at rock bottom when it came to prioritizing myself. I had to make some changes. It took over a year, but by incorporating consistent exercise and making sustainable changes to my diet (and more importantly, starting to break my triggers with food), I lost over 80 pounds. It was hard, but I gained confidence by working through the hardships and unlocking a better version of myself – for my husband, my children, my friends, my colleagues, for MYSELF!

I decided to bring [Switch] to life because I am so passionate about helping women who want to improve themselves and would prefer a space that focuses on women. At the end of the day, no matter who you are or what your health or fitness looks like, we’re all in this together!

Q. Where is it [Switch] Is there a gym? A. [Switch] Fitness is located at 6101 Rome Circle NW in Rochester, MN.

Q. What will you offer in the studio for women? classes, individual sessions, workshops? A. [Switch] stands for Supporting Women in Their Long-Term Health. We will focus on this through small group fitness classes and nutrition education and continue to collaborate with various experts to provide education on health and wellness issues specifically related to women.

Q. What type of equipment can you find in your fitness studio? A. If you come to [Switch], you’ll find dumbbells, dumbbells, barbells, medicine balls, impact balls, resistance bands, plyo boxes, jump ropes, cardio equipment (bikes, rowers, ski ergs), and my personal favorite, battle ropes! Our workouts are 60 minutes and focus on a combination of building strength and endurance through functional movement.

Q. One question that seems to be a problem for many women…do you have childcare facilities at your location? A. We do not offer babysitting at our studio. In fact, we now allow children under the age of 13 in the studio. It was a tough decision, but at the end of the day, when women come to training, we want them to be focused on the training, on themselves, on moving safely, etc. We don’t want distractions. This is their time and we want them to prioritize when they are here. We’re going to give them 100% in every class and when they come in, we want them to do the same. We plan to offer some special kids events here and there!

Q. What would you say to a woman who is struggling with traveling or finding a place to help her heal? A. I would say keep fighting for yourself – you are worth it. The journey truly never ends and every day there are decisions to be made to support the goals you have set for yourself. Life ALWAYS provides struggles, ups and downs, distractions, and at no point will you suddenly have extra time in the day or more energy.

Prioritizing movement should be thought of like a doctor’s appointment—you schedule it, put it on your calendar, and then show up for the appointment. The struggle will feel less like a struggle as you continue to consistently work on establishing good habits and routines. More importantly, going through it all together in a supportive, positive, uplifting group of women who are going through the exact same thing makes it so much better, enjoyable, and sustainable through life!

Grand opening for [Switch] The gym in Rochester, MN is Saturday, October 29th

If you love live music, coffee, pastries and want to take a peek at the brand new [Switch] Fitness in Rochester, MN, stop by for the grand opening on Saturday, October 29th from 9am to 11am.

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Know of another business opening soon in Southeast Minnesota?

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