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May 30, 2013

Family matters

Fitness facility specializes in changing lives

BROWNSBURG — Jamie Kibby says it’s not all about fitness, it’s about family. That it’s okay to have a cheeseburger when you want one. And maybe a margarita to go with it.

She says she’s not out to make a ton of money, and what she’s learned since starting her business in August of 2008 is that it’s much more gratifying to change lives.

Welcome to HIP Fitness in Brownsburg, where wanting to be a good example for her children has turned into a lifelong passion that’s become more than just about losing weight or getting fit.

“I was a stay-at-home mom for years and I didn’t necessarily have this physical background,” Kibby said. “But I felt like I was overweight. I wasn’t healthy, and I wanted to be a better mom to my kids. I think that if we show them how to be healthier at a younger age, it’s much easier than doing it at my age.”

Kibby has 40 classes per week and several instructors, but it’s the other things that stand out to patrons and participants. Such as a yearly Chicago trip they take, or the once-a-month margarita night they all share.

“We’re real people,” offers Kibby. “People might ask my why I’m eating a cheeseburger and I won’t sit here and say I don’t do that. I always tell people, moderation. If you want a hamburger, have a hamburger. Just don’t do it every day.”

And listening to the stories of those who have been affected by Kibby’s model, which aims at making sure workouts are fit for all body types to be in the same classroom doing the same exercises, shows a common theme, if not a common story.

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