I never thought I'd say this, but I found a gym that I LOVE. I was always active when I was younger, but as I got older and life got more hectic, my idea of fitness went from running a few miles to "fitness this whole pizza in my mouth". This spring, I knew I needed a change and I found it at WIP.
Work in Progress Fitness (WIP Fitness) offers boot camp classes instructed by experienced and passionate coaches who will lead you through a 50 minute, body changing workout suitable for all fitness levels. The connections you make combined with the energy and motivation from the community provide an awesome group fitness experience. The WIP Philosophy, established by two local West Hartford women, Mary Kate Doyle and Laura Keever, is about making boot camp classes less intimidating and more personally empowering. They opened their first location in West Hartford in 2013, setting out to create a unique fitness environment. They added an Avon location, and just opened a third location on Pratt Street in Downtown Hartford to better serve their over 500 clients.
WIP Downtown is located on Pratt Street, occupying a long vacant storefront. The only gym of its kind in Downtown Hartford, they offer early morning, lunch time and evening classes with shower facilities. Each workout makes you sweat, challenges you and delivers measurable results. Trust me, you will sweat. But you will love it. The coaches are motivating, pushing you to do your personal best each and every time. They will guide you through the moves, and give modifications based on your fitness level. Before you know it you'll be squatting, snatching, and cleaning kettlebells!
On Friday, September 15th, WIP Fitness Downtown will be celebrating their official grand opening all day long. Enjoy free workouts all day, morning snacks and coffee from Spectra Wired, pop up shopping from Athleta and Grace and Grit, InBody scans and sampling from ANC, as well as beer tasting from New Park Brewing and The Bronx Brewery, and bites from Vaughan's Public House and Chief Brody's Banh Mi! Stop by and get to know what WIP Fitness is all about! Interested in taking a class? New clients get a free week trial! They have multiple membership options, and
even a special student discount!
Feel free to email me and meet up at the grand opening, or if you want to take a class together!
Kim Bishop is the Executive Director of HYPE and a WIP Member.