“Impossible is just an opinion.” -Paulo Coelho
For many years I had this opinion. I had this opinion and belief about two things, one being that it was absolutely impossible for me to ever think that I would ever have the financial means or family support to open up my own health and fitness brick & mortar business and two, that there was absolutely NO WAY in H-E-double toothpicks that I was EVER going to EVER JUMP OUT of an AIRPLANE, “WERE YOU KIDDING ME?!!!”
And, then … something “clicked.” Just one day, I decided to CHANGE ME!!! It wasn’t just like hot to cold. It was like coming out of a dark hole, trying to get out of quicksand, deep quicksand…all by myself, at least at first. Then I began finding a mentor, well… make that a few mentors – people that scared me – challenged me – moved me, made me work for the BETTER. Along the way, I met this very strong young athlete who began taking my early morning boot camp workout, she asked lots & lots of questions, why this and why that about exercises and body aches, etc.. Before I knew it, she started training with me as a personal fitness training client. As I learned more about my new energetic and very strong athletic client, I found out that she was an Exercise Science student at FSU. You just know my mind was beginning to churn. You see, my numero uno mentor, Todd Durkin, taught me to start finding my tribe – my team. Well, before I knew it, this client of mine, became my first Just Get Fit employee in 2009. Things were beginning to move…
Only, not so fast. We both were training out of another gym and traveling to peoples homes, so still I was feeling that brick and mortar business was completely out of reach. Still an impossible dream. At the end of 2011, my young athlete and I parted ways – as I felt it best that we both find our own wings, our own dreams, and soar.
Well…year 2015 arrives, and WE ARE BACK, together again, STRONGER THAN EVER. That young athlete, now a graduate of FSU in Exercise Science, plus she followed up with going to massage therapy school to become a licensed massage therapist (sounds like somebody else I know) and to top that off, she completed the IRONMAN. She is an IM, make that – she shines “I AM POSSIBLE!” Meet Jen Bricker, Health and Fitness Coach!
Jen and I teamed up in 2015 to co-manage Sweat Therapy Fitness Uptown. We are both grateful for the opportunity and time managing STF Uptown as it opened our eyes to “OH YES WE CAN OPEN UP OUR OWN BRICK & MORTAR BUSINESS.” So, after six months, we both gave our resignations and decided to go for the gusto, go into a partnership – Just Get Fit, LLC, and that we did!
Here’s where today’s picture comes in… I said to Jen Bricker (her name at the time), “If we actually sign a lease for a brick & mortar (which I never ever would think could or would happen) I want to face my other absolute fear, jump out of an airplane, announcing the opening of Just Get Fit.” She was like, “…HECK YEAH!”
So, that’s our story for the most part… and we’re sticking to it.
-Alexis, Founder/Owner of Just Get Fit, LLC
“Nothing is Impossible. Even the word itself says ‘I’m POSSIBLE.’” -Audrey Hepburn
Never would I EVER have thought 10 years ago that I would be where I’m at today…in fact, if you told me that I would have my own business, let alone a storefront, I probably would have laughed and said “yeah right.”
I had recently changed from an Actuarial Science major to Accounting at FSU because I thought I was going in the direction that I “should” be. Around this time I had re-discovered fitness and was focused on bettering myself after a period of “letting myself go” if you will. A few months later I had begun to pursue what I thought would be a fun “hobby” of teaching Group X classes and decided I needed an additional push from a trainer, since I had had a “Coach” for as long as I could remember as an athlete. All of this started coming together very quickly when I met Alexis, a trainer with energy and drive I had never seen from anyone else at the gym before. After training with her for a bit she quickly convinced me that you can in fact make a career of the fitness industry. After struggling through boring Accounting courses decided it just made more sense to switch to Exercise Science. Shortly after I began working for her, helping with a Boot Camp she had started, and training some clients too.
Not only was I learning SO much about health and fitness, but about my self as well. She became the mentor and “big sister” I never had growing up. She said the law of attraction brought us together.
We took a break for awhile, at the time I couldn’t see as a good thing, but looking back now I think it was what we needed to grow in other parts of our lives.
They say everything happens for a reason. And I had to believe this when we came together again to manage another fitness facility in town together. At this point I think we both realized that the TEAM we were together was one of a kind, and started talking more seriously about opening up a brick and mortar “Just Get Fit, a ‘Dream’ that we had thrown around from the beginning. After leaving that facility and re-grouping, crunching the numbers, and putting pen to paper, we decided to seriously start looking for a place to open. At a lunch meeting one day she said to me, you know what, the day we sign a lease, I want to go sky diving, are you in? …of course I said HECK YES! So we didn’t tell anyone. Which was quite the surprise to her husband and my boyfriend at the time (now hubby) when they got the text with us standing in front of the airplane, parachutes on, READY, GO!
Then just like that. We are OPEN! Even now almost 2 years later, a year in our second location, it still seems surreal from time to time. I love the TEAM that we have become. Are we Perfect? Heck no. I think we are more like the sisters I thought we were years ago now, more than ever before. Some days we are best friends, other days not so much, but I think about every STRONG relationship and you know what… the BEST one’s are not the ones that are perfect, but the ones that persist through ALL situations.
We are your #go2girls… Just Get Fit.
-Jen Bricker Simpson, Owner, Just Get Fit, LLC
We are both excited to have you follow along our journey. Get ready for a blog full of inspirational content when it comes to everything mindset, food, and fitness! Be your BEST athlete!