Focus Fitness celebrated it’s second anniversary in March and we couldn’t be more proud! We have developed a wonderful community around the gym and it’s been exciting to see how well the business has gelled into a family. Below is an interview with boss man, trainer extraordinaire (who turned the big 4-0 this month), Dave Schulze.
What have been the highlights for you since opening Focus Fitness?
It’s gratifying to build something from the ground up and see your vision come to life. I’ve always enjoyed training and I continue to enjoy the relationships I build with clientele and to see the culture develop around the gym. Watching people becoming friends with each other and hearing the conversations that people have is great. They talk about music, movies, chickens, and food. Building a culture and community has been cool and humbling.
What have been the challenges for you?
I’ve been wearing so many hats. As a trainer you are constantly doing many things – sales, marketing, and delivering the product and services. I came from the software industry where there are staff for each of these roles, but now I wear all the hats. Learning new stuff has always been fun for me, but becoming a business owner has taken more time and energy than I thought it would. The hardest part has been the organization.
How have these things made you grow?
Growth can be uncomfortable, but I think I’m always growing and getting better. It’s rewarding to share my experiences with my members and watch them grow as well through training and coaching. Everyday I’m learning new things about myself and my business and growth is happening all the time.
How have your members benefited from Focus Fitness?
The people that came with me and the people that have been with me, I feel they enjoy the privacy and appreciate the attention and community over a bigger gym. When people comment about Focus Fitness, they mention how they like the individualization as well as the connectivity with other members. We’re building a community here.
What’s next for Focus Fitness?
There are times when I think this is perfect. However, I do want the community to grow and for there to be more people. I want the business to thrive and be more successful. I know what it’s like in this city in this business. There are lots of choices for health and fitness. Some better than others. And it is a challenge to build a successful fitness business.
It’s all a creation process. I want to help the members succeed and grow. I want to create the best workout environment for people. I want to deliver the best techniques and systems to make it the best training experience for them, where they want to train and get better results. I also want it to be a place where the staff prefer to work more than anywhere else because there is opportunity to them to learn more and grow more and make a better living. I want to provide that for us all!