The Evolution of MOVE Fitness/Movement Evolved, Part 1: The Beginning

MOVE Fitness was started in 2010 by Kristi Bachelder. She ran classes at the Bethel School and then had a small studio behind a hair salon in South Royalton. She moved the business to Randolph in early 2012. (Dates are approximate)

I first met her in November of 2012 when I was seeking some guidance from a personal trainer for my own fitness programming. My friend Trista recommended Kristi to me as she had recently started using Kristi’s services at MOVE Fitness. In January of 2013, we did the Polar Bear 8-Hour Obstacle Course Challenge at Shale Hill Adventure Farm in Benson, VT...it was cold and beautiful, challenging and fun! Kristi and I became fast friends as we are kindred souls and have much in common. Over the first half of 2013 we got to know each other better, she mentored me in my quest to find a personal training certificate that would be a good fit for me, and we trained for and ran obstacle course races together. Here’s a picture of Kristi and I starting (top) and finishing (bottom) our second lap at the Polar Bear!

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In the late summer of 2013 over dinner at the Worthy Burger, Kristi asked me if I would be interested in taking over MOVE Fitness. She was relocating to Chicago and wanted her clients to continue having their fitness needs met, and knew I was interested in becoming a personal trainer. I had been toying with the idea of getting a certification, but hadn’t actually pursued one yet. For the next month or so, I talked this idea over with my husband Jeremiah, and spent plenty of time thinking about it on my own. By the end of September, I had made my decision - I was going to move forward with buying the business! This would be my second time being self employed - I had done it for 2 years from 2008-2010 after our second son was born, when I ran a home daycare.

In early October, I gave my notice for one of my 2 nursing jobs - at the Coumadin Clinic at Gifford Medical Center. I would finish up there at the end of October and spend November shadowing Kristi at MOVE full-time to get plenty of on-the-job training before I took over in mid-December. I also started working on studying for my personal training certification through the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and got my Level 1 Functional Movement Screening (FMS) certification. I continued with my second nursing job as a school nurse at The Barnard Academy and The Pomfret School, as these were very part time positions (though I would end up giving them up in June of 2014 so I could focus solely on my work at MOVE).

Throughout November and December, I did many hours shadowing Kristi and some time working on my own, learning the ropes of how the business was set up and getting to know the many amazing clients. By mid-December, I was fully on my own running all of the sessions and classes. We had a wonderful farewell party for Kristi/welcome party for me at the home of Susan and John Westbrook. From a distance, Kristi continued to be a source of support, and offered much valuable guidance to me over the next 6 months (and beyond). I visited her in Chicago in June of 2014 to attend the Perform Better 3-day training summit and in August of 2015 when I got my FMS Level 2 certification. She and I also attended a GMB training together in Philadelphia in October of 2017. She continues to be a great friend and sounding board for ideas, and I visited her at her new home in California this summer - just for fun, no training was attended at that visit!

Stay tuned for the next installment of this blog to hear about how MOVE continued to grow and change and get to where it is today as Movement Evolved