Today we’d like to introduce you to Paige Fetzer.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Paige. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
Growing up, I had always been a competitive athlete, all the way into college where I was on the lacrosse team and triathlon team. My career, however, did not line up with a daily training schedule. It was an international career that took me abroad to Colombia, Brazil, India and Iraq – places where triathlon training or any training, were challenging.
Needless to say, during those years I got out of shape and unhappy with my health and fitness. When I moved back to the States I decided I needed to get back into shape and feel healthy and fit like I once did. I got back to the gym, started lifting, taking classes, whatever I could do. Eventually, people started asking me to train them, or write them programs and I thought.. hey, I think people do this as a job! Within a month I was certified to teach group fitness classes, and three months later, certified to teach cycle classes.
Though teaching was part-time, as I was still working full time in my career, I was able to grow a community, inspire and help folks get active and make the best friends of my life. I was recognized by the community to be a brand ambassador for Athleta and their Power of She campaign.
Currently, I am teaching through VIM fitness in Central Square, but I am also offering several classes through community partnerships and outside with the entire premise of affordable classes. I believe fitness should be accessible for everyone and sometimes that means not being able to pay $200 a month for memberships, so I like to over low cost, high-quality classes so everyone can come, workout, and hopefully learn some new fitness skills!
I am also standing up a chapter of a non-profit called True U. True U empower youth through fitness movement, yoga, mindfulness practices (like breathing and meditation) with Truetalks and journaling. The sessions are set up to promote self-worth resilience, community leadership all within a culture of support, to equip youth with the tools to face the challenges of growing up.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
Is there such thing as a smooth road?!
I think one of the biggest struggles is getting started. Taking the first step is always the hardest because you are walking into the unknown, putting yourself out there and don’t know what to expect. And there have been a lot of first steps during my progression.
Secondly, I think the biggest struggle is just the long-term resiliency. I chose to follow this as my passion while maintaining a career (that I also love), and it has taken some grit to stick through the really busy times, the really exhausting times and the frustrating times. Especially when I have that voice saying, I don’t NEED to do this… but as soon as I reconnect with someone through fitness or get in front of the class, I’ll remember and say, ah yes, its because I love this.
We’d love to hear more about your business.
All about fitness!!
I teach Spin, boot camp, HIIT, total body conditioning and in the summer paddleboard boot camp to classes of any size!
I think if you were to ask my students, I would be known for kicking their butt. I design all my workouts to be a workout that I would be satisfied with. It is a terrible feeling, leaving a 45-55 minute classes, not feeling like you put in enough work and wasted your time, so I make sure my students never leave feeling that way.
If you had to start over, what would you have done differently?
Not a thing, everything that comes your way is either a blessing or a lesson and I like to take them in stride and keep charging!
- $15 per class (for classes outside or at community venues)
- Website: https://www.gosesh.co/c/pefitness
- Email: Fetzerfitfam@gmail.com
- Instagram: @P.E.Fitness