Partner Spotlight: Inergy
By: Christine Bean
This week, we sat down with Kelly Young, owner of Inergy in Chantilly, VA, to hear about their unique combination of outdoor bootcamp classes supplemented with an indoor training studio, and how MightyMeals has been a huge convenience for their members, in more ways than one.
How did Inergy get its start?
Kelly: Inergy actually started as “Kelly’s Bootcamp.” I lost my father in January of 2008 and held a fundraiser bootcamp in his honor. The “Black Friday Bootcamp” was the first of my outdoor bootcamps, and it was a really positive experience. I loved the vibe of seeing all levels, all ages, working out outside and coming together for a cause. I realized that it was truly my calling, and soon started an outdoor bootcamp on Saturday mornings. At that time, my entire life revolved around my kids, so this was something that I could do for myself. Everything happened very organically, and once people started telling me they wanted to workout more than just Saturdays, I began adding more classes. In 2017, I decided to open an indoor space to compliment the outdoor bootcamp. My clients really wanted to have more variety, more impact and less restrictions. It has been a success, although my true dream has always been to teach fitness outside in a parking lot! The energy is amazing, and it’s opened the door to a different group of people who wouldn’t normally walk into a gym. We have really established ourselves in a unique way.
What makes Inergy unique?
Kelly: We have a small community feel, but we offer so much. The introduction of Inergy was such a positive thing for our bootcamp members. I always tell people to start where they’re comfortable. For some people, that’s a barre or yoga class, something that isn’t super intimidating. When they get more comfortable and want to explore more, we can still keep them within our community, and they can slowly try a new type of class. It’s a comfortable, and not intimidating, environment. People usually come in with one type of workout class in mind, and within a few months they end up doing ten different things! Another unique factor is how much we truly care. Money, or the number of people who walk through the door, are not what drives me, it’s all about making a difference in people’s lives. The coaches I’ve hired have come from within our community. We all really want the best for each person there. It’s a very inviting, and positive place to be. Our atmosphere is, “just show up and come as you are!” Some people really thrive in that type of environment, they can see themselves improving and get really excited about it.
How did you get connected to MightyMeals?
Kelly: We had a food prep service we were using, but when they went out of business, I was definitely on the look-out for another one. MightyMeals co-owner Dan Graziano reached out, and coincidentally, a friend of his took a few classes at Inergy, so we formed a connection pretty quickly. I was impressed with how seamless the set-up process was!
How does MightyMeals benefit your members?
Kelly: When I hear clients talk about their struggles and challenges, it all comes down to meal prep. Everyone wants to eat healthy food, they just don’t always have the time to prepare it. I am very into food and my personal nutrition, so I know that knowing the macros up-front and having everything listed-out makes life ten times easier for my clients. It’s just a fantastic convenience. There’s even an added motivation to go to the gym on MightyMeals pickup days. I’ve heard people say, “I really was not in the mood to workout today, but I need to get my MightyMeals!” The menu variety is great, you can really mix it up and try new foods each week.
What’s your favorite MightyMeal?
Kelly: I really love the Mediterranean POWER Bowl! I’m not a vegetarian, and I don’t eat a ton of carbs, but it’s so good! My son is a big fan of the Low Carb Bulgogi.
About Kelly Young
Kelly has 25 years of experience teaching and training as a fitness professional. She is a certified Personal Trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine, and has her Masters in Public Health (MPH). Kelly has thoroughly enjoyed a rewarding career of helping people make incredible, lifelong transformations. She spent much of her career teaching group exercise classes in studios and gyms. She takes her role as a health and fitness professional very seriously, and believes that she has a gift when it comes to bringing out the best in her clients, helping them to see how powerful being healthy, and strong, can feel!
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