An open letter to our clients
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As many of you already know, our EF Contractor, Meryl Binder, will soon be moving overseas. Meryl has been a great ambassador for Elevated Fitness, and I would be lying if I didn’t say my first “baby”, this business, is just as much mine as it is hers.
Before I moved from Clovis, Meryl took the time to shadow me in a variety of settings, study hard, ask questions, and attain truly professional certifications. She didn’t cut any corners. When my husband and I drove out of town in November 2014, she wrapped both of her loving arms around Elevated Fitness, 100% respectful of the time, money, and energy I had spent in building a business for both military families and locals. Although we have different backgrounds, experiences, and athletic interests, I knew my clients would be in good hands.
Since early 2017, Meryl and I have spoken at length about the options before us when her family’s impending PCS (aka military move) would occur. Ideally, we wanted to give another person the opportunity to grow Elevated Fitness. Finding a local would be best; no more PCSes, and the added bonus of being able to truly have big ideas and longterm plans. Hiring another military spouse would be great, too, as employment opportunities for spouses in a smaller community can be more than challenging. Our fear was simple: leaving our beloved clients high and dry.
Despite our best efforts, finding someone with the experience (or time for mentorship), who maintained a culture and attitude similar to ours, proved to be rather difficult. And despite my new home being driving distance from eastern New Mexico, I just wasn’t sure how much time I could realistically spend checking on a situation that needed full-time attention.
We have reached a compromise that involves our longtime partner, Athletics Evolved. Anthony Cook, who owns the AE, has years of education, varied experience, and trustworthy certifications. He came to CAFB in 2010 as an Exercise Physiologist and has since been promoted to Health Promotion Coordinator. Shortly after his arrival, Elevated Fitness began contracting at AE for strength-focused sessions of High Plains Boot Camp as well as personal training sessions. We continue our relationship today and trust not only his programming, but coaching as well. It is for these reasons that we will be recommending our HPBC students and clients continue on with Athletics Evolved.
AE has hired a young woman to expand their schedule (and welcome our HPBC schedule). Kelsi Smith is a Certified Personal Trainer through NSCA. She is new to the field but shows promise, has a passion, and is sure to be an excellent coach and trainer. Currently Kelsi will be offering the following schedule for classes:
You may reach out to her for more information on classes at 575-933-0215 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Although Elevated Fitness will no longer be operating locally in Clovis, Meryl and I will continue to provide programming, distance training, and online/phone consults; Meryl will be doing so through her own venture, Wicked Iron Strength & Conditioning. I will likely begin working with clients on-site in Colorado Springs this fall. The two of us are happy to have shared the past few years “together” and there is absolutely no bad blood going forward. We will continue to collaborate and consult with one another as our strengths are quite complementary.
We thank all of you for your business, but most importantly, your support and friendship. Being in this “industry”, the hours we keep often make socializing difficult…you all are our family and the bonds we have had the honor of sharing with you are the sole reason why leaving Clovis has been so difficult. Twice.
Please feel free to reach out to Meryl or myself with any questions regarding the new arrangement in Clovis or how distance training works.
Lastly, please be patient as I re-vamp the EF website and social media outlets; a fresher look to better serve online clientele and possibly a new logo to represent our new direction.
Owner, Elevated Fitness