March 16, 2012

New Business in Alamosa is here to get you in shape

Donna gives personal attention to every client
Who doesn’t want a “Better body, better Life?”  At Body Tune-Up, Owner Donna Mabry hopes she can help you understand that philosophy.  
Donna moved to Alamosa from Kansas City in 2007 when her husband Rob accepted a position at the SLV Regional Medical Center.   
Moving to a small town opened up lots of different job opportunities so she worked part time at the (then) Bed and Breakfast, Avalon Wellness Center and answered phones for a real estate office when she first moved to Alamosa.  “I liked working a variety of jobs and learning new skills.  Alamosa is really great for that – there are so many opportunities for a person to explore various interests.”
Donna was Cathy Jackson’s first client when Cathy opened Just 4 Fitness in 2008.  “I bought some of her equipment when she closed her business and the family moved to Denver last year.”  When Donna decided to open her gym, she stayed at the same location, 420 State Avenue in Alamosa, because it was already known as a fitness studio and it has great exposure.  She did minimal remodeling to increase the use of the space and was able to add more cardio and a variety of strength equipment.
Small group classes and personal training are the main focus of the gym.  The small group classes are limited to eight people which allows for personal attention to a clients’ form in performing the exercise.  People reserve their spot on a sign-in sheet or by calling Donna.  The one-hour class consists of a cardio warm-up followed by strength training  in a circuit timed to music.  Each class offers a lot of variety, works different muscle groups, and people of all fitness levels are welcome to participate.  Donna also offers private training as the schedule permits.  Her flow of clients has been steady since she opened her doors in October.
Donna Mabry used the services of the SLV Small Business Development Center (589-3682) to discuss the project, buying the equipment, how to track income and expenses and deal with sales tax.  She did run her own electrical company in the past so she had some previous knowledge about running a business.  She felt like the counselors at the SBDC were extremely helpful whenever she had a question.  “They are still a great resource, even now that I have been in business for a while.”

Donna rents out the space to other fitness instructors.  Currently there is a Taekwondo and Yoga class that uses the space.  
She said she hopes that she can be instrumental in motivating people to have an overall healthy approach to living.  “80 % of obtaining fitness goals comes from mental motivation.”  Her approach is to keep the classes varied, personal, fun, fresh and interesting.  The vibe that is created at Body Tune-Up is one of a healthy body, mind, and soul.  
Donna Mabry can be contacted at 719-480-9329.