“The Wright Brothers started in a garage. Amazon started in a garage. Hewlett Packard and Disney both started in garages. Mattel started in a garage. The Ramones started in a garage!”
On November 3, 2012, HALE Strength and Shape started in a garage… our garage, a two car garage, situated just outside our home where our driveway ends. The inside of our garage had never seen a vehicle, though. Our garage was home to weights and bars and platforms and sleds and a mess of homemade contraptions constructed from wood and metal and stone.
Having grown weary of training only with me, my wife asked if I could design a program that could accommodate a handful of her friends. She had embraced strength training and loved the way it made her feel but there was something lacking. She was looking for some external motivation and a bit of camaraderie and so, a training group consisting of my wife and four of her friends was born. We met twice a week. The group learned how to move heavy things and I learned how to tweak my programming to maximize its effectiveness and efficiency.
Before long, other friends learned of our training group and inquired about how they could take part. We invited a few more women when we could and slowly, things began to grow. In January of 2013, we registered as a business and began a quest to slowly expand and share our training with the public.
Throughout the following year, we continued to take on new trainees, adding a session here and a session there in an effort to accommodate growing interest in HALE. Other than our Facebook page, we did no marketing. Word spread via our trainees and the population of our little community began to snowball. We dodged falling walnuts, chased away our share of red squirrels, withstood hostile neighbors and saw a group of amazing women train through the infamous polar vortex in an uninsulated, barely heated garage!
By early summer, it was clear that our home could not be the future of HALE so we began to look for a commercial space. After visiting the long-vacant property at 406 N. Main, we fell in love. The building was dated, bricks were falling off the outside and the interior was in need of major updates. And yet, it was perfect for us. There were two garages that would become our training space! Through long periods of negotiations and trials and tribulations involving lenders who simply couldn’t take a chance on a guy in a garage, we finally purchased our building at the end of 2013. After several months of renovations, we were ready to move our community over. We had grown from a group of five women to well over a hundred HALE girls and in March of 2014, we ran our first workout in the “East Garage” of our new building.
Since our inaugural workout, we’ve continued to expand in the manner we always have, taking on new trainees and friends who hear about us in one way or another. In the summer of 2014, I took a leap of faith and quit my seventeen year career as an engineer to devote myself fully to HALE. As our community has grown, so, too, has our list of offerings. Our “East Garage” is now home to Strength, Metabolic Conditioning and Kids’ classes and after months of work, we are proud to offer Yoga, HALE Barre, Gyrokinesis®, Cardo HIIT and Cardio Hip-Hop classes in our beautiful “West Garage”. All of the training sessions and classes we have added are conducted by long-time HALE girls and we feel very fortunate to have these amazing, talented women in our community!
We are far from done and as time passes, we will continue to alter our building and services to turn HALE into what we ultimately want this place to be. So far, though, we really like what we’ve got!
I can't say enough good things about HALE. Everyone is so supportive and I have never felt "less" when people are lifting more than me. It's a low-key atmosphere that pushes you to achieve and do your personal best. I've never been able to stick with a gym routine, but I never miss my sessions here.
HALE is great! It's one of those workouts you're excited for and dread at the same time (in a good way!). The group atmosphere is small enough to avoid intimidation but large enough to form a quick bond with the other ladies you're there with. Kurt is a very knowledgeable and laid back trainer. He knows how to push you more than you ever would yourself, but he's careful to watch your form and listen to you to avoid injury. I go into each session knowing I'm going to get my butt kicked but that's what most of us need! You definitely feel like a true rockstar when you leave!
I had a great first workout this morning at HALE, and am looking forward to many more. It was fun and definitely worked my muscles. Kurt and the women in the group were friendly, fun and welcoming. Thank You!
I love that I'm getting stronger and leaner. Thanks to Kurt at Hale for making me work hard.
HALE is an amazing place for women in every stage of fitness! The small sized sessions allow for personalized training, while still enjoying the company of other determined and enlightening women. In shape, out of shape, pregnant, post pregnant, post operative (in my case), young, not as young, it really doesn't matter! I've never seen anyone leave without a smile and a little chalk dust. Try it!
Hale Strength and Shape is the best workout ever, challenging, fun ,exciting all wrap up in one.
I heart Hale! Super fun and challenging - Exercises I would never do on my own - Kurt pushes you to be your best - Addicting workouts - Love the group atmosphere - I leave Hale feeling like an athlete!
HALE Strength and Shape is the best workout I've ever had! Only 6 classes and I already see a difference in my body. Before strength training I was stuck on being skinny now I'm stuck on being fit and strong, I'm amazed at how much I can actually lift and I would have NEVER done it on my own. Thank You ♡
This was so much fun... Always love trying something new. I can't wait to go again.
Hale Strength and Shape is the absolute best workout experience ever! You are strong, you are invincible, you will conquer your fears and feel the empowerment that comes only from strength training. Try it! :)
Such an amazing barre class with a wonderful teacher Kristina!!! I loved every minute of it and was sad it ended, an hour flew by! Can't wait to come back soon!!!