It's crazy to see how this place that took such a long to go up; commerical permits, plumbers, electicians, contractors... (4 months total), and yet torn down in just 3 days. We stayed open at our 45th Street location as long as possible, but with the perpetual noise complaints, loss of parking, and constant upward pressure on rent rent, we finally had to close down after almost 7 years in business.
Fuerte has changed over the years, actually now 14 years old... For those of you who don't know, Fuerte used to be "FunkeytoFitness" and was located in Capital Hill. Prior to that, Adriana worked at 24hour Fitness in the downtown location, Kent, WA and Boise, ID, for three years as their fitness manager. Now, we are here in the Wallingford location of Excellence Fitness with whom we partnered on June 1, 2015.
Our vision and mission, however, has not changed. It is what keeps us motivated and passionate about what we do!
Vision: "My vision is always to empower individuals to take control of their health and fitness
Mission:“My mission is to get my community to take control and to play an active role over their bodies. Starting with fundamentals of strength training to empowered them personally, and then to provide a community that will motivate individuals to continue their fintess outside the gym."
It has been one hell of a fun ride and this ride is always bringing me closer to what I want to do. I love working with people by support their health and fitness goals. I love seeing transformations and helping people find power over their lives. It's funny how much time we spend in our schooling, in our marriages and relationships, hobbies, and yet little time on our bodies and our relationship with it. We become disconnected at times. We want instant results without putting in the time. It took me 6 years of college before I figured that one out. That's when my life changed. I never grew up being fit or healthy. I had to work at it, against my genes, my culture and against my business schedule! But it changed my life. I got my BA in business administration, left a comfy job with benifits and a retirement plan to jump into something I was starting to love: Personal Fitness.
So what I have learned is:
When you change someones's life, they are forever grateful. (makes me want to cry). I have friends all over the world because of Fuerte Fitness. Having a membership doesn't ensure your fitness, you still have to work at it. Not everyone works as hard as the owner does. I've not only touched my clients lives but also those of their family and friends. You cannot pay me to make your skinny. A solid team makes everything easier. Don't trust every professional you hire. Learn your systems and double check. Fake it until you make it and then do the research. Don't take anything personally. Be kind and consistant, a smile changes any hard face! You can't please everyone all the time. Change is an opportunity to grow and expand. Everything does happen for a reason. You are never alone. You, will always have a community where you build it! Surround yourself with people who beleive in you and your dreams. Get rid of the haters. Surround yourself by those that succeed and inspire you!
It was a great opportunity to partner at Excellence Fitness. Now my team can share responsibiities and I can focus on what I love do, train those who are serious about their health, speak about my journey, and help bring together a community that fosters health. I feel like I will have that opportunity here. I now have 13+ other fitness professionals to bounce ideas off, and also help them in their own business. My clients and members can be motivated by others that do differnt types of training. We are only going to expand! So look out for more news to come. I will try to get a newletter out at least once a quarter so be sure to stay on the mailing list.
Thank you Fuerte Community!