There are changes afoot at the Better Body Fitness Studio as this new year it’s under new ownership.
Melissa Chesini of Woodland now owns the 104 5th Street business in Colusa and said clients can expect much of the same from the change of ownership with some added benefits.
“It’s important to let our customers know that what they are used to in Colusa isn’t changing, but we are adding to it,” said Chesini.
Chesini started working with Better Body Fitness in 2015 under the ownership of Sheryl Faris and Lisa Burkhart.
“I started teaching the 5 AM Bootcamp class, and I fell in love with the concept of helping people become the best version of themselves,” said Chesini. “I loved watching my clients get excited when they hit a goal or accomplished something they thought they never would.”
For Chesini the fitness industry wasn’t her first career choice.
“My first job out of graduate school was in the beef industry at Harris Ranch, then I went to work in the lamb industry at Superior Farms,” said Chesini. “I wasn’t satisfied.”
The last few months of her corporate life were difficult. With additional work added to her plate, Chesini was unhappy. Finding herself spending more time at the gym, she started to consider the opportunity.
“This is uncharacteristic for me. I am not a big risk taker, and this is a whole new venture for me,” said Chesini. “I am cross-categorized; color coded, Donna Green daughter. I always have my months planned out, and now I have no idea what the next week will bring and am good with that.”
In June 2016, Chesini began working as a full-time trainer.
“I found there are many similarities with animals and people with the biomechanics of muscles,” said Chesini. “This was a good foundation for me to build my knowledge upon and to understand how the body uses nutrients.”
While Chesini taught more and more classes, owners Sheryl and Lisa saw the opportunity to transition to new ownership.
“Melissa has proven to be an amazing, high energy, knowledgeable, and dedicated trainer at the studio,” the duo said in a letter to is members. “It seems life has pulled us in many directions, and as the owners, it’s time to pass the torch, and we believe Melissa has what it takes to keep the business running and even make it grow and prosper far beyond what we are capable of.”
Chesini said it was scary taking that step, but at the end of the day, she wanted to feel like she did something better in the world.
“I am humbled to think Lisa and Sheryl thought I would be a good match to carry on that torch,” said Chesini.
However, Chesini added that though she will be the new owner, both Lisa and Sheryl will still be around.
“We’re basically swapping places as owner and contractors. They will still have their clients and provide the classes they teach,” said Chesini. “There won’t be many changes at the moment, we will be keeping many the same classes, and I will be working to add classes and bring more awareness to the business.”
One of the improvements Chesini has made to the gym is providing remote classes in surrounding areas.
“People can’t always drive a half an hour to the gym,” said Chesini. “So I am bringing Better Body Fitness to the communities of Arbuckle and Williams. I am excited about the opportunity, and I know they are excited, too. “
Chesini announced she is offering “Fitness for All” classes at the Community Center in Williams on Tuesday and Thursday and “Bootcamp” classes in Arbuckle Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday in the Arbuckle Parks and Recreation Office.
“All our classes are a done in a friendly environment. We don’t promote competition, and you don’t have to be the best one in class or the strongest,” said Chesini. “I want every person who attends to be better than the person they were yesterday.”
Chesini also added anyone with any fitness level or challenge is welcome.
“I have trained at several gyms, and the one thing that I have gained is I have learned to work with clients who have bad ankles, wrists, elbows, or knees. I can create a similar version of a movement to give them the same workout without irritating their symptom,” she said.
In addition to remote classes, Chesini hopes to bring new classes and training techniques.
“I want to continue with fitness trends and find new ways to work the body,” she said. “When you keep doing the same thing over and over, you begin to lose progress.”
Chesini invites anyone wanting to become a better version of themselves, to stop in and enjoy a class.
“If you want to come to class, reach out and contact us. Give us a shot, and your first class is always free,” said Chesini.
Better Body Fitness Studio is located at 104 5th Street in Colusa and can be found on Facebook @BetterBodyFitnessStudio, by email firstname.lastname@example.org, or give her a call at (530) 701-1268. ■