Thea Ward Fitness LLC
I am a private training studio that offers a variety of fitness options. I provide safe, fun and effective training for all ages and levels but specialize in tactical training.
What one unique aspect of your business will make you succeed over the next year?
My story makes my business unique and is the why to what I do. As a fitness professional I have a different perspective that I believe allows me to stand out. At one point in my life I weighed nearly 250 pounds. After getting out of an abusive relationship I was able to lose 120 pounds and keep that off for a number of years. I enlisted in the National Guard at 27 years old and came home in the best shape of my life, only to start gaining weight again. I was diagnosed with a thyroid disorder called Hashimoto's as well as Generalized Anxiety Disorder and Clinical Depression. All of this makes me and my business not only unique, but provides me the ability to help others in a way not everyone can. I don't believe in quick fixes but life long changes. I understand that not everyday will be a good day but know without a doubt how life changing fitness can be. I want my studio to be a safe place for people to come in and know that their goals, whatever they may be are priority number one. My personal story is one of resilience and I believe that will translate over into my business and allow Thea Ward Fitness to succeed.
How does your business make a positive impact on the community?
I full heartedly believe in serving others. My clients are very supportive of my on going efforts to enrich the lives of America's Veterans. I am involved in a number of nonprofit organizations where I sit in leadership roles. I open my studio up often in hopes of using health and fitness to help others. We also have a number of drives for local shelters and my clients are always willing to volunteer when needed. I am not always able to provide financial support to those in need, but can use my profession to raise awareness or funds for many local events.
What would you do with a $1,000 Sam’s Club gift card, training, and help from a SCORE mentor to grow your business?
I joke with my clients when I hit it big the first thing I am going to do is head to Sam's and stock up on name brand toilet paper. Along with toilet paper and other day to day items for my studio I would purchase either storage options or a new bench for the entry way in the studio. As for the training, I would take that opportunity and run with it. I am constantly trying to grow as a fitness professional, unfortunately that is usually limited to the fitness aspect of it. Working with someone on the business side would be an incredible opportunity and help me grow as an all around professional.