Belgium training center settles into new space to reach more clients
Over the years, Sandra Large figures she has done a lot to enhance the health and wellbeing of people from her cozy 261-square-foot Belgium workout studio.
Now Large is ready to expand that influence, by moving her classes into a more expansive space.
With the start of the new year, Inspired Fitness has relocated to a 2,400-square-foot training facility on her family’s property at 1214 Hwy. A in the Town of Belgium.
Large has been operating the personal training business for nine years, typically leading morning sessions for no more than six people at a time.
Unlike a lot of health clubs, Large insists on providing one-on-one attention, typically with small classes that she said become like family.
Large’s impact on the fitness of the 40 or so people she works with weekly is nothing short of transforming.
“I am a very real person. I am right there with my clients every morning,” she said.
“If you need to be pushed, I will definitely do that. But I will also be supportive every step of the way. I want my workouts to be something clients look forward to, so I change them up every day and never let it get boring.”
That approach has resulted in a devoted roster of clients.
“My wife and I started training with Sandra this summer as part of her outdoor boot camp,” said Belgium resident Troy Hartfiel.
“We enjoy exercising together and were bored going to the gym and just doing cardio and lifting. No one likes spending two hours at a gym waiting for weights or machines to free up. Sandra’s training program is a full-body workout, high-intensity circuit training for 30 to 60 minutes. The workouts are fresh, unique and challenging.”
Another client, Sheboygan resident Mary Hermann, said the training she receives at Inspiring Fitness makes it worth the drive.
“I found out about Sandra and her business about two years ago from a coworker and have been hooked ever since,” Hermann said.
“I can’t get enough of her great training. Sandra offers a variety of workouts inside and outdoors, so there is always something new and different. Not only do I get a great workout, I also made a great friend.”
Large is gratified by such testimonials, but she wasn’t satisfied.
“Things were going well, but I began wondering how I can help more people,” she said.
After her father died last June, family members suggested she convert their large, insulated shed into a training center. Approval from the Town of Belgium Plan Commission came in November.
Now, much of the more physical training that was done outside can be sheltered from the elements — a real plus considering how unforgiving the Wisconsin climate can be.
“We have room now where I can bring a lot of the training inside. It is a dream come true,” Large said.
She has classes five days a week, leading clients in 24 weekly sessions that gather mornings, evenings and on Saturdays.
Large leads every session herself, and also offers her expertise as a personal trainer and fitness consultant.
“A lot of people say they want to start a new, healthier lifestyle, especially this time of year. My goal is to see that they stay at it come June and beyond,” she said.
“I want all of my clients to feel better and stronger.”
Large takes her role as compassionate taskmaster very seriously.
“I get very emotional when I think about the changes clients have seen in their lives. I am here every day, but it doesn’t feel like work,” she said.
The new space will allow Large to offer fitness sessions for at-home mothers, with a place for their young ones to play.
Large handles class schedule through her Inspiring Fitness Facebook page which includes testimonials and plenty of before-and-after photos of satisfied clients.
Image Information: INSPIRING FITNESS OWNER Sandra Large awaited visitors at an open house last week at her new training center in the Town of Belgium.
Photo by Sam Arendt