Initially, Kellie Dziemianzuk, 36, got here to Stow for her dream home — a small cottage subsequent to a stream — however she stayed due to the group.
When the pandemic shutdown occurred and group members have been remoted from each other, Dziemianzuk knew one thing needed to be carried out. In her toolbox, she had 20 years of instructing health lessons and one other 13 of educating particular training. The massive takeaway? How you can use management expertise and compassion to create a secure, all-inclusive house.
She began a Fb web page devoted to health and started posting energy coaching, cardio drumming and kickboxing movies. As the web page continued to develop, an growing variety of its followers started asking for in-person lessons.
“I discovered that folks have been feeling very remoted, they usually needed to get exterior and be round different individuals, however safely,” Dziemianzuk stated. “So, we began assembly in parks or parking tons exterior as quickly because the climate received good.”
Dziemianzuk resigned from Aurora Metropolis Faculties in June 2020, proper after Stow-Munroe Falls Metropolis Faculties introduced that its fall semester would observe a hybrid mannequin. She didn’t really feel proper educating different individuals’s youngsters when hers wanted a instructor at residence.
This transition enabled her to each train her two youngsters and focus extra on the health group she had fostered, now referred to as Tyrannosaurus Flex (T-Flex) Fitness.
A major a part of that focus was aimed toward giving again to the group. Since T-Flex Health started, it has donated items, cash and free health lessons to greater than half a dozen native organizations and establishments.
One such group is Bulldog Baggage, a nonprofit serving to to tackle meals insecurity in youngsters within the Stow-Munroe Falls Metropolis Faculty District. Bulldog Baggage receives donations from the health middle each week. T-Flex Health additionally donated 40 yoga mats to particular training school rooms in Tallmadge Metropolis Faculties.
Inside the previous couple of months, Dziemianzuk has donated cardio drumming lessons to each a Stow Woman Scout Troop and Studio Luminance, a neighborhood dance studio.
Cardio drumming is a program the place contributors use yoga balls, buckets, drumsticks and high-energy music to finish a full-body exercise.
“We’re consistently attempting to give again to the group,” Dziemianzuk stated. “We simply did a $500 fundraiser for Stow United Methodist Church preschool as a result of they have been actually struggling financially.”
With out a set location, Dziemianzuk and her prospects bounced from place to put. As soon as, they even discovered themselves drumming to “Shake It Off” by Taylor Swift exterior of Stow Metropolis Corridor. Generally it was solely Dziemianzuk’s most loyal patrons who attended. Different instances, their numbers swelled to extra 200 individuals.
However these months of drifting are at an finish. As of Saturday, T-Flex Health has discovered a everlasting residence at 3073 Graham Highway in Stow, between Vimi’s Nail Spa and Fringe Salon and Spa.
Dziemianzuk partnered with 12 native artists to brighten the new house. Inside the health middle is a boutique the place prospects should purchase gear for her health lessons and merchandise from the artists.
“I’m a giant believer in empowering others,” she stated. “I am a feminine enterprise proprietor empowering different feminine enterprise house owners. I’ve met all these individuals and now these native artists come to my cardio drumming lessons, which is actually neat. So, it is like they assist me, and I assist them.”
With a view to additional immerse different native companies within the new house, T-Flex Health and two native artists will collaborate to supply a four-week enrichment camp for kids this summer season.
Whereas many individuals are launched to T-Flex Health by way of cardio drumming, it’s not the one train program that Dziemianzuk presents. She additionally has extra conventional programs resembling Aumba, kickboxing and yoga, together with different distinctive choices that contain bungee cords (T-flex fly) and kangaroo sneakers (T-flex bounce).
Moreover, T-Flex Health has lessons tailor-made to particular demographics locally. Health programs for seniors, teenagers, children and people with particular wants are supplied every week on the new enterprise. Father or mother-child lessons and a strolling membership are additionally out there.
“The general objective is for everybody to have entry, be included and really feel like they’ll be part of it,” Dziemianzuk stated.
One other necessary side of serving the group that Dziemianzuk has thought of is the affordability of her health programs.
“I try to make my lessons extraordinarily inexpensive,” she stated. “I would like it so that folks can afford it and that is not one thing that holds them again. I feel your psychological and bodily well being needs to be inexpensive.”
At T-Flex Health, drop-in lessons begin at $7, however month-to-month memberships and punch playing cards additionally can be found.
“I am attempting to hit each demographic in each space so that it is an all-inclusive group middle,” Dziemianzuk stated. “A place the place there is no judgement, everyone seems to be welcome and everyone seems to be invited to return in and be part of it.”
Contact Beacon Journal reporter Tawney Beans at firstname.lastname@example.org and on Twitter @TawneyBeans.
Artists featured within the T-flex boutique
- Adriann Swan (Cre8tive Instincts)
- Alana Powell
- Melissa Croy
- Emma Swisher (Curious Creations)
- Tiffany Keller
- Sean Brown (Pink Canine)
- Christa Tomplait (Love Dream Journey)
- Kimmy Henderson (Makikisart and The Bipolar Butterfly)
- Anne Geraghty (A-Squared Wine and Watercolor)
- Leila Griffiths (Elkaysthings)
- Kelly Saucier
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