Talking to She Fit founder Cheryl Nelson, you just can’t help but feel energized and empowered, especially to try a class at her new fitness studio located at 1390 E. Hyde Park Boulevard in Hyde Park.
She Fit is a small boutique fitness concept, with classes focusing on spin, strength, and stretch components. Nelson opened the first She Fit location in Dyer, Indiana in September 2018 and the Hyde Park studio was intended to be a second location. The Indiana studio closed permanently due to the pandemic, and Nelson made the decision to focus her attention on the Hyde Park location, which had a soft opening at the end of June. Despite the name, men are also welcome to take the 30- and 60-minute classes at the studio, including Soul Ride/Spin, Strength & Stretch, Hollywood Booty Camp, Sexy Arms, and more. The Soul Ride/Spin class is a favorite, choreographed to an energetic playlist with lots of upright movement on the bike.
The studio’s motto is “You Fit at She Fit,” and classes can be modified for both beginning, intermediate, and advanced exercise levels. For members looking for a quick midday workout, She Fit offers 30-min abbreviated versions of the classes. There are three levels of membership offered, with four, eight, or unlimited classes each month for a six month term.
Nelson left the corporate world to follow her passion of motivating people through fitness. She was formerly the vice president of operations at a healthcare corporation, and taught several business classes at Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana.
The Chicago native got her start at 19, working as a front desk staff member at a Bally Total Fitness location, and within nine months, had worked her way up to be the club’s general manager before she was recruited as the Regional Director of Operations at Women’s Workout World.
Nelson has a strong commitment to giving back to the community, and She Fit offers “Spin for a Cause,” in which a private spin class can be scheduled for fundraising events, with 75% of ticket proceeds going to the selected not for profit organization. Through residual giving, not for profit organizations that sponsor She Fit memberships for their employees receive a 20% donation from their monthly dues.
She Fit has reopened with careful attention to safety protocols. Before entering the studio, members must change their shoes, complete a health status questionnaire, wash their hands, and have their temperature taken. The studio fans have been removed and replaced with air purifiers. Only ten members may take each class, and for members who prefer to work out at home, She Fit offers real time live streaming classes.