Fitness Within Stepped Up When Others Stepped Down
When Shakti Health Wellness closed in Reading, Fitness Within assisted its clients
Fitness Within was the only health and wellness studio in the area to offer help to former Shakti Reading clients — by offering complimentary memberships equal to what individuals had remaining on their accounts with Shakti, up to six months.
"When I heard that people in our fitness community were being displaced, we had to do what was right," said Domenic Prisco, studio director and co-owner of Fitness Within.
There was no agreement or relationship between Fitness Within and Shakti Health and Wellness, formal or informal. But Prisco said, "Since we are an independent company, we are able to help our community without hesitation."
Fitness Within took it one step further, offering its complimentary memberships on the honor system. "We were told that most clients had between two weeks and three months remaining on their memberships"
Fitness Within's offer to honor the time that former Shakti clients felt they had left on their account, up to 6 months, has continued. The Reading studio has received no compensation from Shakti Health & Wellness or the clients themselves.
What's more, the clients are under no obligation to continue with Fitness Within when their complimentary membership ends. "Though they are welcome to continue and be part of our Fit Fam community," Prisco said.
The individuals who have taken advantage of Fitness Within's offer have found the workouts to be challenging and effective. Prisco says, "We do not simply place clients on cardio equipment as part of their program, instead we use our years of expertise in program design to develop and coach hands-on, comprehensive workouts.
Fitness Within's small-group program comprises 45 minutes of circuit training, mixed with cardio, for groups of no more than two to eight people at a time. Clients get to know one another as they become a fitness community — one that supports and encourages each other to succeed, helping each other to push past their comfort zones.
"I have worked hard to create a community that is welcoming, and everyone feels part of the studio and considers each other like family" Prisco says, "We have developed a unique community, where our clients have formed strong bonds with each other.
Fitness Within continues to welcome former Reading Shakti clients to its studio — and will make sure they feel welcome and part of the community immediately. Displaced clients of Shakti Health and Wellness Centers in Reading who had sessions on their account are asked to reach out to Domenic at info@fitness-