Shawn Mielke has always enjoyed helping women achieve a healthy lifestyle. Her passion for optimizing the health of females and empowering them physically, mentally and emotionally through exercise, health programs and wellness education is what inspired her to establish Girlfriends Fit Club. She wanted to create a welcoming and supportive environment where female members felt comfortable and encouraged to achieve their goals. A loyal member base of over 400 women is evidence Shawn has done just that.
Before they opened the club doors, coming up with a name for the club that would appeal to women of all ages involved a lot of brainstorming. Shawn says, “My little cousin thought of Girlfriends and I added Fit Club. That is the goal of our club—to make everyone feel like they are one of the girls. We want it to be more of an exclusive women’s club that makes members feel like it’s their second home and the workouts are fun.”
The staff at Girlfriends Fit Club (GFFC) includes front desk and childcare employees, personal trainers, and class instructors. Shawn is proud to say, “They’re all hard working and friendly. They go out of their way to help a member or guest in need of assistance or if the person just needs to talk about their day. The staff has big hearts! We believe in running a Christian-based business.”
GFFC hosts a monthly fitness fundraiser to help raise money for a particular local non- profit, including an annual Turkey Trot 5K fundraiser which raised over $3,000 for the Holland Rescue Mission last year. In the past, they have collected food and bath products for Women in Transition and each year, they donate approximately 20 to 30 memberships for silent auctions at local nonprofit fundraisers.
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