1) Who are you and what led you to open Fit Happens?
My name is Jade Seperack. I’m a lover of fitness, an eccentric crafter and a person who is passionate about making a change. I always knew I wanted to help people but didn’t know how. I thought it’d be through social work however once I started instructing Zumba, I realized that there are so many people whose lives can be changed by fitness. I love helping people find their best selves— so many men and women don’t even know of the confidence that can exist when you live a healthy lifestyle.
2) What type of background do you have when it comes to fitness?
First and foremost, I am a runner. I have always and will always run—it’s my outlet. I’d love to eventually do a marathon—someday! But professionally speaking, I am a licensed Zumba instructor and member of the Zumba instructor Network, am a certified personal trainer through National College of Sports Medicine, a children’s fitness specialist through IDEA and am Red Cross certified in Advanced CPR/AED and First Aid Training.
3) When will it open and what classes/features will be available to those who visit Fit Happens? What will the hours be when it opens?
Our grand opening will be June 3rd however we’ll be having a HUGE open house on May 25th from 1 PM-4 PM (free stuff galore!).
By way of services, we have Reiki (a Japanese technique used for relaxation and stress reduction for those of you who don’t know what it is) and a variety of massages, personal training ranging from 1-on-1 to 5-on-1 that is tailored to meet your needs, and then all sorts of group fitness classes. Our classes include yoga, pilates, PiYo, Zumba, Family Zumba, Kid’s yoga, Kid’s cardio, Senior Fitness Classes, Senior Chair Yoga, boot camp, warrior training program… the list really goes on and on.
4) What if anything sets you apart from other fitness centers in the Central New York area?
We have something for everyone. Now I know that some of the big name gyms in the area have a daycare so kid and mom can be taken care of… but where can you find a place that kid, mom AND grandma can all go to work out together? Very few. We have something to meet everyone’s needs and we have so many services going on at the same time.
Another thing is that at Fit Happens—we’re about quality not quantity. Those same big name gyms I mentioned before will get you in the door with some crazy introductory rate (say $1 for your first month), and membership is so cheap but there’s nothing that actually makes you get your butt in there. With us, you’ve got one trainer who is assigned to you and works to make sure you get the results you want. It’s not left up to you to make it in—or not because you’re too tired, you don’t have time, you’ll work out tomorrow etc. etc. Your trainer will call you if you miss a week and see what’s up, will work with and around your schedule, will be your motivation, your support system and your foundation for seeing the fitness results you want. You pay for what you get and at Fit Happens, you’re paying for quality. Amazing quality.
5) What type of payment plans/deals do you have available?
If you come to our Open House, you can sign up for any service at 50% off the list price. We have deals running all over (the newspaper, craigslist, LivingSocial etc. etc.).
As for payment plans, that’s another thing that makes us unique. People can mix and match our services to build their own package which will then be offered to them at a discounted price. That way you can meet all of your families needs, benefit from all of our services, and save money.
In addition, you can break any monthly plan down into payments if needed.
6) Can I just attend one class or do I need a membership?
We don’t do “memberships”. We request that you call ahead of time for classes however we do accept walk-ins. But if you’re just interested in one of our services—say Zumba or Boot Camp—then just come to Zumba or Boot Camp. But if you want the benefits provided by a trainer then you work to build a package—which might entail just personal training or might be personal training, a once weekly fitness class and a once monthly massage to relax after all that hard work. Who knows what you’re perfect package will be—well, we will if you call us!
7) What advice would you give someone just starting out on the fitness track in life?
Find something you enjoy. Seriously. It’s so much easier to lose weight or get in shape if you’re having fun. I do Zumba because it’s fun and makes me feel great about myself—the results I see from it are just an awesome byproduct.
8) How important do you think diet and nutrition are to living a fit life?
It’s not that they’re important to living a fit life—it’s that they’re important to living a life period. You need to be healthy. And until you are healthy, you will never really understand how much you did need it. It isn’t always easy getting there, but it’s worth it.
9) Who are some of your other staff members available and what type of training will they assist with?
Well for personal training, we’ve got Dale, John and Debbie. They are all awesome. So passionate about their work. That is why I picked them. Their passion will—without a doubt—become your passion.
For massages, we’ve got Derek. He’s equally awesome. His background is as a physical therapist’s assistant and it really shows in his work. He isn’t just working to relax you, he’s working to fix any issues you have, to heal any pains.
Melissa and Tammy are my Reiki Rockettes—they’re so much fun. The work they do is incredible and they work so amazingly together. For those who are seriously stressed out, I can’t “stress” enough how much they could seriously benefit from 30 minutes spent with Melissa and Tammy.
And then we have some other various instructors leading classes.
10) How would you respond if someone asked if they were too old, too young, or too out of shape to come to one of your classes?
There’s no such thing. We have something for every level. Whether you’re 3, 33, or 73—we have something for you. We have classes for those who want to get into shape, those who need to lose weight, and those who’re just looking for functional classes. We also have classes to expend all that pent-up energy your 7 year old feels after too long in front of the TV. We have all the fitness bases covered.
11) What if someone prefers some one on one training over classes, is this an option available at Fit Happens?
Oh yes. They’d meet with Dale, John or Debbie and figure out what best suits their needs. We have 1-on-1 training. We also have 5-on-1 training. You still get a personalized plan, you just spend a lot less money and are with other people. Which can be a great thing. You can learn about yourself with the help of four others. We only put groups together who are alike in their fitness and health capabilities.
12) This is your space to discuss anything I may have missed or something you would say to anyone who is reading this. The floor is yours so would you like to add any closing thoughts?
I’d love to thank you for the opportunity to be featured on your blog and just tell everyone that I appreciate any opportunity to work with them and hope they feel free to contact me with any questions!