Still, Kibby never wants to get too big to the point where she doesn’t know every person that walks into that door, whether they’re with her or one of her several instructors. Money is secondary. Changing lives above the neck and below is forever the goal.
“I don’t want to get ginormous,” she says of the future. “I always want it to be a family where I know everybody. It’s not about making money and I’m not going to retire off of this. I just want to hopefully continue changing people’s lives.”
She also says that she doesn’t want fitness to ever be intimidating, acknowledging that it can be. Come one, come all, she says. And clients agree.
“In the past two years, I’ve lost 125 to 130 pounds,” says Denise McCleese. “I’ve been so excited for the encouragement I’ve received, the accountability, and the fun we have. Jamie has encouraged me through my personal trials my family has experienced with health related issues over the past year. Honestly, I could go on and on about how important HIP has been to me in meeting my wellness goals and I am so thankful to be part of the HIP family.”
“I thought I would feel weird and out of place,” recalls Julia Pulliam, who started with Zumba classes in January of 2012, “but the ladies that work there make sure you do not feel that way. There are outside activities also that we as members are asked to participate in with Jamie and her crew. It’s just a lot of fun and I wouldn’t go anywhere else. We’re a family.”
Monica Derhammer worked in a gym in Avon for over a decade, and she also says that coming to be an instructor at HIP Fitness has been an eye-opening experience for her.