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Celebrating 15 Years of Empowerment: Garage Girls Fitness



I can’t believe we are celebrating 15 years of Garage Girls Fitness this month! Time definitely accelerates as we age. I want to thank each and every one of you who has joined me over the years to develop Garage Girls Fitness into something that I could not have even imagined all those years ago.


Inception and Evolution

Back in 2009, a group of enthusiastic women gathered in a small Zumba class at a private studio. When the studio shut its doors, our determination to continue our workouts didn’t waver. Instead, we decided to continue our fitness journey together, that all began with the simple question: “Jan – can’t we meet in your garage?” Little did we know that this humble beginning would blossom into a vibrant community that transcends mere exercise.


When the world shifted in March 2020, we didn’t miss a beat. We swiftly transitioned our classes online, ensuring that the Garage Girls community remained connected even during lockdowns. Suddenly, Garage Girls spanned not only South Huntington Beach but also Pennsylvania, Florida, Oregon, Nevada, and Illinois. The virtual studio became a sanctuary—a place where women could sweat, laugh, and find solace amid uncertainty.


Reuniting in person was such a relief! What made it even more incredible was that we managed to maintain our online presence, enabling us to keep working out with those of you who live far away. I love that my mom can workout with me in Pittsburgh!


More Than Just Workouts

In an industry often plagued by judgment and comparison, Garage Girls Fitness stands as a sanctuary of support and sisterhood. It isn't about attaining a certain body type or conforming to societal standards; it is about embracing individuality, pushing boundaries, and celebrating progress, no matter how small.


We have found not just workout buddies, but lifelong friends, mentors, and cheerleaders. It is a place where stories are shared, tears are shed, and victories are celebrated with unwavering enthusiasm. Whether it is overcoming personal challenges, reaching fitness milestones, or simply showing up and giving it our all or at least a little, every achievement is met with applause and encouragement.


Garage Girls Fitness isn’t just about pushups and dumbbells; it’s about camaraderie, resilience, and shared experiences. Beyond our sweat-soaked workouts, we have become each other’s pillars of strength. We’ve celebrated birthdays, supported one another through life’s trials, and laughed together during those grueling HIIT sessions.


In an era where self-care is more important than ever, Garage Girls Fitness tries to serve as an example of hope and empowerment, reminding women everywhere of our strength, resilience, and worth. It's a reminder that fitness isn't just about the body; it's about nourishing the mind, uplifting the spirit, and embracing the journey, wherever it may lead.


As we raise our metaphorical dumbbells to toast 15 years of Garage Girls Fitness, let’s celebrate us - those who have transformed parking lots into sanctuaries, calories into confidence, and sweat into sisterhood. Here’s to the next 15 years of inner strength, one squat at a time!


Remember, it’s not just about the reps; it’s about the unwavering support, the shared victories, and the joy of being part of something bigger than ourselves. So, whether you’re in a garage, a living room, or a virtual space, keep moving, keep laughing, and keep celebrating the incredible journey of Garage Girls Fitness.


Happy 15th anniversary, Garage Girls!

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