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Life is made up of milestones, achievements, and anniversaries. Last week I celebrated 
my business' 21st anniversary with my Metro Fitness family. Metro Fitness' origin story begins
with the opening of "Personal Fitness Programs" in the Fall of 1995 as an exclusive
one on one personal training studio in a small space located in the basement of a 
downtown Syracuse business building
 
Most people will tell you it takes a lot of guts and fortitude to start and stay in business. 
I've seen the space next door to my downtown club open and close five times, and each time 
I wonder if this new business will have staying power. I remember well my motivation to 
start my own business. At the time my wife and I had one little girl, Ashley, and we were soon 
expecting our second daughter, Bradleigh. I had an uneasy feeling about the direction of the fitness 
business I was working for at the time, and something inside kept saying, "you can do this 
better!" The feeling didn't go away, and instead it grew stronger!
 
Finally in the Fall of 1995, after securing loans from a few clients (banks would not even consider 
giving me a loan) and maxing out my credit cards, my business was born as "Personal Fitness Programs," 
unique, one on one personal training studioAt the time there was very little competition for us and 
word of mouth marketing brought us in new clients who were looking for a private, goal oriented exercise 
experience. We tapped into the downtown business community, and we were soon training business
owners and their families. My team and I figured out quickly that we filled a niche, and if we were going 
to grow and become successful, we had to stay focused on our strength in the market. 
 
Well, fast forward to today, it seems a blur. So much has happened along the way including: 
  • My dad passing in 2005
  • The struggle to survive as a business with the economy in 2008 & 2009
  • Several funerals of clients whom I had come to know like family
  • The pleasure of watching my children grow up
  • The celebration of my 25th wedding anniversary with my wonderful and supportive wife
  • Several business loans with banks
  • Technology's challenge in the business world (there were no cell phones, internet, or social media when this all began)
  • I have made financial investments into my team and facility
  • We rebranded the club to Metro Fitness
  • A second location was added at Crouse Hospital
  • The Crouse Hospital location was sold after 15 years
  • We recently opened our East location (the former Track and Racket Club)

 

Today I could not be more proud of where we are! What has become most clear to me is that in 
business, you are only as successful as your TEAM will allow you to be. If you do not invest 
(and I do not mean just financially) into your team, you will not make it, period, no team, no business! 
The culture of Metro Fitness begins with our team mentality. We encourage each other.
We are there for each other. Ideas are shared, and our members recognize the difference the
moment they walk into the club. As one member puts it, "there is a vibe here" and that vibe you can feel!
 
Randy Sabourin, November 14th, 2016
 

 

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