Six years ago I sent an email out to my friends and neighbors in my neighborhood inviting them to workout with me Monday morning at 6am at the basketball court. My hope was to offer free and easily accessible fitness opportunities for as many interested people as possible. About 10 people showed up that day and then again on Wednesday...and then again the following week. Over the years, our group has grown in size and our venues have changed from the court, to the field, to my street, garage, the clubhouse parking lot, Snap Fitness and now ITS Baseball. While I had been a part time fitness instructor prior to offering these classes, this was really the starting point for my own fitness business and over the past 6 years, “Maria Finnegan Fitness” has grown to include more group classes, personal training, yoga parties, Pints and Poses and SUP.
As with any business, MFF continues to evolve with the ever-changing needs of my clients, the growing fitness industry and the “always-in-a-state-of-flux” Finnegan-family schedule. In order to grow and move forward with new ideas and ventures, I am writing to share that I am going to take a break from teaching my morning classes.
My last group morning class will be Friday, September 15th, Power Hour.
I LOVE teaching and am proud of the community we have built over these years. I am beyond grateful to all of you who have committed to your workouts with me whether it was at the beginning, for a little while a few years ago, or just recently. My heart is heavy because I know I will be disappointing many of you who have relied on the consistency, challenge and quality of our classes.
Please know that I am considering this a “sabbatical.” Not necessarily a good-bye....just a break from teaching my morning classes for now. I will still be out and about in the community offering Pints and Poses, SUP Fitness, SUP Yoga, instructor workshops, private training, and retreats as well as coaching youth sports, teaching my four courses at Duke and planning other fitness-related events. I hope to continue to see many of you at these events and I hope you will please stay in touch through email, Facebook and Instagram and watch my website for updates.
Thank you for your dedication, commitment and friendship. It has been my pleasure to work with all of you.
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