Murfreesboro is filling up with fitness studios. Whether it be open "big box gyms" (Planet Fitness or Gold's Gym) alternative, sport-specific facilities (The Ascent Murfreesboro) or personal trainers, there seem to be endless options.
Just when you thought there wasn't another concept. Mary Carol and Kerry Knight found a new one with their franchise of F45 Training.
Started in 2012 in Australia, F45 Training was created as a group-training facility that features dynamic and functional training styles in a 45-minute workout.
Led by certified instructors, F45 creates a structured workout that combines elements of High-Intensity Interval Training (HIIT), Circuit Training, and Functional Training.
To help the community understand what makes them different, Mary Carol Knight took time between workouts at F45 West Murfreesboro to explain the concept and why she and her husband were drawn to it.
How long have you been interested in fitness and why did you start?
I have always been active over the years participating in a number of group exercise classes from Jazzercise and Zumba to step aerobics. I was a dancer in high school and loved being active. I feel so much better physically and mentally when I am active.
What are your favorite and least favorite exercises?
My favorite exercise is a sled push because it makes me feel super strong, my least favorite exercise is a burpee just because it's a burpee.
When and why did you decide to open an F45 franchise?
About seven years ago, my husband and I were introduced to functional fitness and absolutely fell in love with it.
We jokingly commented over the years about being a part of a gym and secretly having a dream to own our own studio. Neither of us realized the other shared this same dream until my husband came across a Facebook ad for owning an F45 franchise.
Even though we have both been extremely active we did not have a personal training background, so we felt limited and unequipped to open our own studio. After talking with leaders at F45 and learning about the company we knew the franchise helped fill the gaps we had in our experience.
Now we are both addicted to the workouts and can't wait to go to "work" every day.
What inspires you?
There are so many things that inspire me but one of the biggest is getting to be a part of someone's health journey.
We believe that everyone has a calling and purpose for their life but if they are not healthy, they can't walk out their purpose. We feel blessed that we get to play a role in helping people regain their health so that they are fully equipped to walk out their purpose.
What is something people would be surprised to know about you?
As a trainer, I now get to stand in front of large groups of people and talk. At one point in my life, talking in front of groups larger than two or three people would cause me to almost hyperventilate.
What is one thing you wish you knew more about?
As a homeschooling mom, something I would love to know more about and now have the chance to learn alongside my kids is the history of this great nation. We love to learn all about our nation's history, and we enjoy spending time just down the road from our studio to learn about the Civil War and the people who fought in it.
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