Northwest Personal Training opened its fitness and training business in January 2000 with hopes of making our community a little healthier. When McMillan opened the studio 21 years ago, it was the first of its kind in the Northwest.
“As a Personal Training studio, we differentiate ourselves from a typical fitness gym because we focus on a more high-end, customer service oriented, boutique-style experience,” says Sherri McMillan, owner. “Our specialty is personalized strength and fitness workouts led by world-class, award-winning trainers. We provide the type of accountability that most people need to help them stick to a program long enough to experience great results. Our process that has transformed lives for 21 years, starts by conducting an analysis to review a clients’ posture, and their muscular weaknesses and imbalances” says McMillan. She adds, “We are celebrating 21 years of fitness, friendships, and fun. Our studio feels more like a fitness family where lasting friendships have formed as a result of people meeting at the studio! In fact, we’ve even been responsible for a few marriages! We have worked hard to create an environment that is motivating, uplifting, non-intimidating, and welcoming. A home away from home. Programming is cutting edge, well-balanced, and safe. Our team of trainers are the best in the industry winning numerous awards – when it comes to your health, you definitely want to work with the best!”
So how do you celebrate 21 years during a Global Pandemic?
“This has been the toughest year we have ever experienced in the fitness industry and the fact that we have survived is something to celebrate,” says McMillan. She continues “We can’t host our normal anniversary festivities so this year we are hosting a Virtual Happy Hour and also a Virtual Workout and a Live Workout. We are not going to let Covid steal our joy.”
In addition to these festivities, Northwest Personal Training is celebrating its 21st year by offering 21 complimentary Introductory Fitness and Training packages which include 6-Free Private Training sessions and 2-weeks of Virtual Group Classes. When asked how they can afford to do that when their business has been so severely impacted during the last year, McMillan responds “Our mission is to help people adopt a healthy and fit lifestyle so they look and feel their best and live their best life – and our mission is important now more than ever. We want to help assure our community is prioritizing their health for their physical strength, mental health, stress relief, and strengthening their immune system. Instead of spending a lot of money on marketing, we are taking those funds and using it to help our community with these free introductory packages. It’s our way of giving back and if someone goes through the process and experiences the benefits of having a coach oversee their entire health and fitness program, then hopefully they will continue with us. If not, at least we helped them get started.”
In addition, throughout the month of February, Northwest Personal Training is offering various free workouts, energy breaks, and workshops on their Facebook page that the community can access. “February is the month of love and we wanted to offer these free workouts and services all month to show our love and appreciation to our community for their support over the last 21 years, and especially this last year,” says McMillan.
Northwest Personal Training currently offers its services at their studio in downtown Vancouver, outdoors and virtually. They offer one-on-one Private Training, Partner Training, and Small Group Training. The virtual class schedule includes over 40 classes per week every day offering programs such as Barre, Yoga, Core, Muscle, Bootcamps, Kickboxing, Rowing, Cycling, and more. “Our virtual training has been a lifesaver for us during this last year. We even have clients who are now training with us from across the country, and even in Canada” says McMillan.
It’s clear that Northwest Personal Training has been hustling throughout this last year to survive and their success has not gone unnoticed. They have been recognized as both the Best of Clark County and the Vancouver Business Journals Best Fitness and Training studio in the community, an honor they have held for many years. Winning awards and recognition is not new for NWPT. They have been awarded the Better Business Bureau’s Business of the Year for their customer service initiatives and the Chamber of Commerce Community Builder Award for their local charitable contributions and community support. McMillan has also been acknowledged within the fitness industry winning the International Fitness Presenter of the Year, the IDEA International Program Director of the Year, the Canadian Presenter of the Year, and the Inaugural DEA International Personal Trainer of the Year.
“All these awards and recognitions just prove that we take what we do very seriously and we’re adding value to our clients’ lives. We aren’t happy until our clients are experiencing life-changing transformations! That’s what’s most important to us!” says McMillan. She continues “You won’t find another training organization anywhere in the world with our credentials. We have multiple trainers on our team that are authors, fitness presenters, and award winners. When we say we are a world-class training studio that hosts the World’s best trainers, it’s a true fact!”
What’s next for Northwest Personal Training? McMillan says “Our number one goal right now is to keep our clients safe and focused on their health. In addition, we have been working closely with many local businesses to provide Workplace Wellness to their employees. People are working from home more and many are stressed trying to juggle all the demands of a Covid-world so we have been working closely with organizations to provide virtual workouts, workshops, and health challenges to their employees to keep them healthy and strong. It’s a great way for a company to show their employees they care about them. Other than that, we look forward to many more decades of health and fitness in Vancouver WA!”
For more information, visit Northwest Personal Training online.