The Search for a New Space and the Long Road to Partnership

In the Spring of 2015 I asked my client and friend, Lee Khan, to mentor me as I was exploring ways to grow the business and move into a bigger location. She’s a successful entrepreneur who I really love and respect, so I trusted her to give me objective feedback about my ideas and plans. The studio space at 22 North Main Street, which MOVE Fitness occupied from early 2012 through October 2018, was very small (little more than 600 square feet of usable area). I knew the space limited what kind of fitness training I could offer, as well as how many clients I could see at one time and how big my bootcamp classes could be. I did manage a 9 person class once - that was a challenge, but I made it work!

Lee is well connected in the Randolph community, and she helped me find and explore some potential bigger locations to relocate MOVE to. It was a challenge to find the right space, and we searched for several years before we finally landed on the building that the business is now located in (at 24 Pleasant Street). It was a journey of ups and downs, but it is the one that led me to where I am now!

Lee and I after completing the Benson Bear Obstacle Course Race in August 2015.

Lee and I after completing the Benson Bear Obstacle Course Race in August 2015.

During the time that I was working with Lee to find a new location, I was also looking to add a partner to my business. In 2016, Kim White and I began discussions of what it might look like for us to form a partnership and grow MOVE to include a wider variety of strength training options. She was connected with Green Mountain CrossFit (GMCF) in Berlin, VT and was interested in working with them to possibly bring a GMCF location to Randolph. We spent time working with the owners of GMCF, Nick and Cady Petterson, discussing and planning this venture; we taught classes at GMCF and got our CrossFit Level 1 Certifications in June of 2017.

By the end of 2017, this idea was stalling out a bit on our end, and we ended up deciding not to move forward with it; it didn’t feel like quite the right fit for us personally. I was headed in to shoulder surgery in February of 2018, and we started discussing how to move forward with our vision in the current location as we didn’t have a new space yet.


At this time, we started exploring the idea of adding a third partner to our proposed business plan...enter Kristen Gage! Kristen had been a client of mine since March of 2017, and has a background in various fitness realms, including teaching Zumba classes locally. The three of us had many meetings to discuss the vision for our potential new business, to make sure we all were in line with that vision, and would work equally hard to make that vision a reality. There were lots of details to iron out, but in June of 2018, we made it official! Kim and Kristen became partners with me, joining MOVE Fitness as owners. For me, this has meant fewer early mornings and fewer late evenings at work, which equals more time with my family and more time to take care of me! 4.5 years of running a training business on my own was starting to take a toll on me personally, and having these two amazing women to share the work with, to bring fresh ideas and new class options for the clients, has been very refreshing and invigorating for me.

One of many meetings with my two amazing partners - always with plenty of good food to fuel our ideas!

One of many meetings with my two amazing partners - always with plenty of good food to fuel our ideas!

We re-branded the business with a new name - Movement Evolved, and over the summer and fall worked to build a new website, get our business up and running with online scheduling through MINDBODY, create a new class schedule (which continues to evolve)...and with the purchase and renovation of the 24 Pleasant Street building by Lee Khan and her new business partner Jerry Ward, we were able to relocate into our NEW, MUCH BIGGER space in early November!! We’ve been getting settled in, getting the new class schedule up and running - which now includes mat classes with a core focus, advanced boot camps with focused barbell work, a cardio-focused class as well a soon to be added low-impact class (coming Friday March 1st!), and would love to have you come check us out!! Visit our website at www.movementevolvedvt.com or stop in to the new gym and see how we can help you reach your health and fitness goals!!

Kim, Kristen and Sarah in the new gym space.

Kim, Kristen and Sarah in the new gym space.