Last year my husband and I moved from Sugarloaf Key to Key West. Besides the ocean view, I also had to give up my membership to the gym I had joined (and fell in love with) just a few months earlier. That left me with the tough task of finding another gym that I both felt comfortable at and was convenient to get to. I asked around and kept hearing about Stay Fit Studio at 808 White Street in Old Town Key West.
The beautiful flower arrangement above is from Love in Bloom Florist who delivers a cleverly designed bouquet weekly that cheerfully greets clients at the door.
Stay Fit is not your regular "gym" with rows of treadmills and stair climbers with multiple machines for working every part of the body but rather a quaint, friendly studio specializing in a diverse variety of classes and private training with optimized equipment.
I was skeptical at first, since I'm on the introverted side and generally feel excruciatingly uncomfortable and self conscious exercising in "crowds". Well, all it took was attending one strength class with Raquel, the new owner of Stay Fit, and I knew I had found my fitness "home". Not only was the entire staff genuinely helpful, friendly and non judgemental but so were the people who worked out there.
That was over a year ago and I still feel the same way about this wonderful place and the amazing people there so even though my specialty remains in the realm destination wedding photography, you can imagine how excited I was and jumped at the opportunity when Raquel contacted me to cover their Grand Re-Opening!!!
It was a fun and inspiring day!
Raquel organized a full day of 30 minute classes, FREE!!!, to existing members and potential clients alike with an unprecidented turnout resulting in classes filled to the brim with outgoing and adventerous people from all around the lower keys. Several troopers even attended EVERY class offered and those although short, are NOT easy, breeze through without sweating, classes.
It wouldn't be a party without a DJ and there isn't one more full of life, (or more beautiful for that matter) than celebrity DJ Shawna Lacy Wynd with Soundwave who got the crowd started early and didn't quit til it was all over.
Shawna really does bring the party and is responsible for the new black lighting added for cycling classes not just during this event but year round now. Seriously, how fun is that?!!!
Did you know everyone looks tan under a black light? If you haven't tried it yet, get your butt down there! You'll have a blast!
Nobody has asked me (yeah, because you know I am the authority.. haha) but I think all of the classes should use the black light!
Yoga, strength, TRX, Zumba, Stretch AND 80's Aerobics! What do you think?
Now, who can host an open house without food?
Not Stay Fit Studio!
Great Events Catering was on hand with healthy and delectable treats, keeping the table (and patrons) full and energized all day!
Certainly, no event is complete without cake and Key West cakes did not disappoint with their beautiful and scrumptious creation! If you haven't tasted one of their cakes, you are truly missing out.
Raquel rallied local businesses and after each class held a drawing for cool prizes from awesome companies like Sebago Watersports, La Petit Paris, The Bistro, The Cafe and Love In Bloom Florist. She has the pictures of the winners but out of respect and because I know I wouldn't really want a photo of me immediately after working out posted anywhere on line, so I am not going to post those pictures here.
If you have not taken the chance to check out Stay Fit Studio, I encourage you to do so. It just might change your life.
While you are there you can pick up some really cool work out gear too.
Thanks for reading! If you've worked out here, please comment below on what is/was your favorite aspect of it and if you haven't, well I would still LOVE to hear from you! :)
Vendors for this event include:
Venue/Host: Stay Fit Studio
Photography: Me :) Mary Veal Photography
Catering: Great Events Catering
DJ Services: Soundwave Productions ~ DJ Shawna Lacy Wynd
Cake: Key West Cakes
Flowers: Love in Bloom Florist