The new owner of The ComeFIT Zone Group Exercise and Fitness Studio in Damariscotta hopes to help everyone find a fun and engaging way to stay active at all ability levels.
Chelsea Taylor, of Wiscasset, took over the ownership of The ComeFIT Zone, across from the entrance to the Miles Campus, at 96 Bristol Road, on Tuesday, Nov. 1.
Taylor grew up playing sports and being active outside. When she left high school, she realized it takes more effort to have a regular exercise routine. As she created her routine, others noticed.
“My friends started asking if I could help them work out,” Taylor said. “It never occurred to me that I was inspiring others.”
In November 2014, Taylor became a certified personal trainer through the American Council on Exercise to continue helping others find fun ways to stay in shape. She also teaches fitness classes and coaches at the Wiscasset Community Center.
Earlier this year, Taylor heard that Wendy Pendleton, the former owner of The ComeFIT Zone, was looking to sell the business. Taylor had previously held a membership at The ComeFIT Zone and is friends with Terri Herald, who teaches classes at the studio.
After some consideration, Taylor decided to purchase the business.
“This was something I had in mind for sometime down the road, but the opportunity presented itself now, and I thought I’d take it,” Taylor said.
Since taking over The ComeFIT Zone, Taylor has added new classes to the schedule. The Morning Mix class, a mix of cardio and strength training, starts at 5:30 a.m. three times a week. A half-hour class at noon has also been scheduled for those who wish to work out during lunch, Taylor said.
Taylor has also started offering personal training sessions for individuals or small groups, a part of the business she hopes to grow. Taylor will work with people to create a specific plan to meet their goals.
“I love helping people find something that they like to do,” Taylor said. “It’s about a lifestyle; it’s not about making yourself miserable to lose 5 pounds.”
The ComeFIT Zone also offers BodyPump, a unique class of choreographed weightlifting, which draws people from all over the county at all skill levels, Taylor said. She plans to become certified to teach BodyPump in December.
One of the things that makes The ComeFIT Zone unique is the group atmosphere, Taylor said. There are four class instructors at The ComeFIT Zone: Taylor, Pendleton, Herald, and Heather Allender.
The group atmosphere helps a lot of people stay motivated in a fun and accepting environment, Taylor said.
“There is a great community here, and everyone has been so welcoming,” Taylor said. “I have the same core group of women who come to my early morning class, and we’re always laughing. Some people love to go to the gym and put their headphones in and work out alone, but I think this grabs the people who need the group environment to stay motivated.”
Taylor said she plans to have an open house at the studio in 2017.
In addition to running The ComeFIT Zone, Taylor also works full-time at The First National Bank in Damariscotta. She also sits on the Wiscasset School Committee and is involved with Lincoln County Spark.
For more information, go to comefitzone.com or find The ComeFIT Zone Group Exercise Studio on Facebook.