Aug 23, 2012 - By Joshua Scheer, Staff WriterDowntown business will include youth and leadership programs for children and teens.
A pair of Riverton women has decided to spread their love of working out to the community through their new business, Renew Fitness Studio and Youth Program.
Sarah Remacle and Kelli Gard have been friends for three years. Both started working to get back in shape around the same time and bonded over it.
The idea for Renew came about most fully in the last few months, but it has been a dream of Gard's for a while.
"I've wanted to do something kind of like this for two years now," Gard said.
She presented the idea to Remacle on a run in January, and as the pair began to make phone calls, details fell into place.
"It got seriouser and seriouser," Gard said. "Our husbands were like, 'Wait a minute.'"
Both women emphasized gratefulness to their families for their support.
Renew, which will open Thursday, is located at 307 E. Main St.
The space, as of Aug. 15, was wide open with a bank of brand new spin cycles and a curtain to separate classes from the windows at the storefront.
Renew is made of up two distinct programs, the fitness studio and the youth program.
From 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays, Renew will offer its youth program.
"It will be a structured time of ... quality fitness, instruction and enrichment," Remacle said.
She said the enrichment element means anything that improves a child's quality of life. This could range from emphasizing personal hygiene to performing community service projects.
Community volunteers wishing to share their work or projects with children are encouraged to help out.
The youth program is open for children aged 6 to 12.
For ages 13 to 15, a leadership program will be available. Remacle said those students would be guided through the process of organizing community service projects.
"I want to be their mentor," Remacle said. "I don't want to tell them what they should like to do."
Both women have education backgrounds.
The fitness studio is open six days a week, excluding Sundays, and offers a number of classes with different emphases.
There are several ways prospective customers can pay for the classes: unlimited attendance for a monthly membership fee, per class or with a pre-purchased punch card.
One class offered is Turbo Kick, which Gard described as "like kickboxing but funner."
Zumba, spin cycling and circuit training classes will also be available.
There will be Renew Fitness classes and Renew Silver for older adults. These classes, Gard explained, will focus on using a person's own body weight to build strength. Renew Silver will feature muscle strengthening for use in daily activities.
Gard and Remacle will teach a few classes each, but other instructors have been hired as well.
Remacle said during lunch and after work, Renew will offer short "Power Half-Hour" fitness classes.
Class start times range from 5:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Weight Watchers will be available for a separate cost.
While much of the pair's first few months of offerings have been scheduled, Gard said there would be change, as re-evaluation will take place at the turn of the year.
"We'll always be adding," she said. "We'll never be stagnant."
Through their business, the pair wants to emphasize that fitness is possible. While putting together Renew, both competed in three triathlons and were preparing to run the Grand Teton Relay on Aug. 17 and 18.
Combined, the pair has lost more than 100 pounds since starting to work out several years ago.
"Life has its challenges, but when there's a will, there's a way," Remacle said. "This is really going to be a social place to get fit."
For more information about Renew, call 463-0855.
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