Opening in the wake of a financial crisis, Romer understands that his hard work to keep Force Fitness open for a half-decade has paid off, however he isn’t dwelling on it.
“My focus is not so much on celebrating that we made it to five years,” he said. “But how the next five years are going to be better and different.”
Force Fitness Club has added classes to train members to compete in the popular obstacle course races, such as Tough Mudder and the Spartan Race.
“A gym is just a big box full of equipment and you can pick any of them,” he said “People stay because once they got in they were hitting their goals, noticed we were offering different programs, and that we keep it interesting.”
When new members sign up for a gym, they are often given a tour of the facility. However, at Force Fitness all members are given a consultation with a health coach to create a blueprint to meet their workout goals.
Agatha Natkaniec has been a member of Force Fitness for the past three years. She has been to other gyms, but felt bored and unmotivated.
“They have a little but of everything for everyone,” she said. “It’s my home away from home.”
Instead of hosting a party or celebrating the five-year anniversary, Romer was teaming up with another organization to help feed less fortunate families for Thanksgiving in keeping with the club's focus on the community.
In the past Romer has donated money to the cause, however this year he baked 22 pies in coordination with “Roxies Dare to Be” for less fortunate families who would not have had a Thanksgiving meal.
“I can donate money, but that’s impersonal,” Romer said. “They may have a lot of hardships, but in that moment when they taste a bite of homemade pie they are going to be happy.”