The word ‘exercise’ is defined as activity requiring physical effort, carried out to sustain or improve health and fitness. The reasons for doing it goes far beyond the usual goals of slimming down or toning up. Getting fit, in fact, can be a key factor in almost every area of self-improvement: from helping to fight anxiety and low self-esteem, to combatting sleepless nights and ageing. Whatever the best version of you looks like, exercising can help you get there and the benefits are endless.
Empowered Living Company (ELC) now has two locations to help people exercise or simply start a healthy lifestyle. The original Empowered Living Company is located at 405 Atlantic Ave in Morris. The new location is (the old Snap Fitness location) at 719 Atlantic Ave in Morris. After the second shut-down the centers will reopen on January 4.
Schultz explained that CrossFit ( a brand used at ELC) is about functional training. CrossFit concentrates on using your body as the machine while doing constantly varied movements at high intensity. CrossFit ELC builds a community relationship which enables support for all fitness levels to help you in your health and wellness journey.
Not only are people using the equipment at these facilities but they can also attend classes and training to educate on the best methods for a healthy lifestyle. Before COVID-19 hit, they also sponsored pot lucks, training and casual gatherings for members where they were given the support and encouragement needed.
Schultz learned last spring that Pat Nelson, who managed Snap Fitness, was looking to retire. However, with the pandemic and shutdowns, the opportunity to purchase was placed on hold until the Fall of 2020. Her vision was to build a community of strength in Morris and having the two facilities with a variety of training and workout options seemed like a great way to do just that. CrossFit ELC only offers classes, so having a 24/7 facility that people can access their workouts at any time is a great way for ELC Fitness to expand its positive impact on the community.
Memberships can be purchased for either facility or a combination of both. There is a tiered membership option depending on what a person wants to do or access. Schultz stated that they can file for insurance reimbursement if a member has that on their insurance.
The two locations employ ten people. Steph Schmidgall is the head coach at the Cross Fit location and Schultz is at the ELC Fitness 24/7 location. They have several other coaches and trainers at each location.
“I am really excited to offer this in our community,” Schultz stated. “I look forward to helping individuals, couples and families live and grow into a healthy lifestyle. “ They do not just encourage a ‘work out’ but also work on a member’s general health. This can include nutrition, positive social interaction, and good sleeping habits.
Now with two locations, ELC has the space to meet each of these needs. Their staff is motivated to support, educate and appreciate all ELC Fitness members in each stage of their health and wellness journey.
As far as the future goes, Schultz stated that she is still trying to figure out how to continue to grow the business. Ideally it would be nice to have both businesses in one location but some expansion or a larger building would be needed for that. She added that the ELC Fitness 24/7 location will have the front doors open for people interested in stopping by to ask questions or become members.
As winter nears, people may need to take their exercise program indoors. Schultz hopes to meet those needs through each of the two locations.