“As an owner over the past two years, I’ve been able to help women lose countless inches, drop dress sizes and more importantly rid themselves of medications needed from heart disease to high cholesterol to blood pressure and get a new lease on life. That has been the most rewarding experience I could’ve ever imagined. I wanted to create a culture and community within the studio that went beyond logging miles on cardio or weights lifted. I wanted to build a community of members that cared about one another as an extended family. I wanted a staff that acted as health coaches to motivate our ladies to lose more than ever. And we were successful. We were just named Top Franchise for 2015 and we couldn’t be more proud. Given our success in Winchester, I wanted to expand our reach to help even more women and recently purchased the Weston studio. It was like coming home again and a wonderful way to get back to where my career at GISFW started. I am dedicated to helping both communities continue on their path of health and fitness.”
– Maria Pennington, Owner of Winchester, MA and Weston, MA. Winner of the 2016 Multi-Unit Franchisee of the Year award, and 2016 Franchise of the Year
“Managing the studio has given me the opportunity to bring the next level of fitness (whatever that might be) to hundreds of women over the years. I can think of few more rewarding careers. With the help of an exceptional staff of trainers (Linda and Kirk), we get to know each member and their individual goals. I believe the experience of being a client in the studio gives a manager a special perspective that is invaluable.
Fast forward to a few weeks ago, the studio became available for purchase. I felt, without hesitation, it was my turn to become the owner. Similarly, the experience of being a client and a manager brings an owner insight that can only enhance their studio and the community they serve. I am so fortunate to be spending each day in the company of amazing women who’ve come to us with the same commitment to their fitness that brought me to Get In Shape For Women so long ago.
Lastly, Lexington is not only the location of our studio, it has been home to my family for nearly 20 years. It’s where my sons attended school (my youngest still does). You’ll see me at Wilson Farms, at Lexx, at Chamber of Commerce Events, at Parent’s Night Out……I’m here for the long haul……and couldn’t be more pleased!”
– Caryl Dlugy, Owner of Lexington, MA. Winner of the 2016 Top 10 Franchise #4 award