I met my wife 15 years ago today.
I also started my training career exactly 15 years ago today.
Two really big things happened on October 17th, 2001.
Angie and I met at 24 Hour Fitness, on our first day as fitness professionals, on the first day the club was open for workouts.
We also met our good friend, Brendan O’Neill (owner of the Kor Komplex) on that day, too.
We were hired by Debi Turner (Westhues) that summer, in the pre-sale trailer, to be part of the inaugural team of personal trainers at the St. Charles location.
Fifteen years ago.
Some things have changed.
I remember my first client ever. He wanted “core and functional training.” I gave him hack squats and biceps curls.
Jeff, if you’re out there buddy, hit me up, I owe you a re-do!
At the time, it was impossible to imagine the direction Angie and I would take. Fitness seemed like a stepping stone to something else, not an end in itself. Personal training really wasn’t considered a career, more of a young persons job they have fun with until they get serious and find a “real” job.
And then we realized something. Waking up for work was really easy, and this kind of “work” was invigorating.
We also realized we were pretty good at it.
Some years passed. I managed the personal training staff at clubs in Arnold, Chesterfield, and Overland Park, Kansas, before returning to the St. Charles club in 2006. Angie had built a large, loyal clientele and stayed true to her training roots while I moved from club to club.
In January of 2006, at a dinner at Grappa Grill, Ang and I started talking about our future in fitness (or if our future even involved fitness at all). The idea of a career change came up for both of us. That thought lasted about 30 seconds, both of us knowing what our true vocation really was. Fitness was where we belonged. Emerge Fitness (or at least the concept) was born at that moment. The change we needed wasn’t a career change, it was just a new direction within the field.
We opened the doors to Emerge 1 on July 9, 2007, 9 days after we were married.
Fast forward to October 17th, 2016. Three Emerge locations and 4 kids later, things couldn’t be better. I get to work with and see my family every day. We have made many good friends in the form of clients and co-workers.
Fifteen years of living the dream.
Angie and I love what we do. To all of our family, friends, and clientele, thank you for letting us do it.