Taking outdoor spin courses may work well on sunny summer days, but this is western Pennsylvania.
Thanks to a friend and co-entrepreneur, the certified group fitness instructor Tammy Stocker can offer programs in a warm, cozy room when the weather is bad.
“I saw Tammy teaching in the parking lot at Bombash & Earley and I heard she closed Pulse,” said Ashley Cramer-McClintock of Stocker’s previous deal, a victim of the COVID-19 pandemic. “So I called her to see if she needed a home.”
Cramer-McClintock owns the Sanctuary Wellness Spa in Peters Township, where a back room was available for productive use. Stocker accepted the offer and celebrated the opening of the new location for their youngest company, JackHammer Fit LLC, on February 12th.
“It’s great for me. It’s great for you. But it’s also good for our customers. Now we can offer them more services, ”said Stocker. “You can turn around and then sit in the sauna.”
Sanctuary offers full spectrum infrared sauna therapy and dry salt therapy or halotherapy. Stocker and the other certified members of their training staff run cycling, kettlebell and strength classes online and in the studio.
“The space was big enough for our 10 bikes, which I kept from my previous studio,” said Stocker.
She and her husband Chris decided to shut down Pulse – which is on Route 19 near the Sanctuary-Jackhammer location in Lakeview Square – because of the adverse effects of the pandemic.
But she wanted to keep helping people keep fit and her friends Danielle and Tim Bombash, whose store is on East McMurray Road, offered to help by giving her room to store the stationary bikes and plenty of room for the Provided outdoor lessons.
Now that she’s back inside, Stocker is doing her best to prevent the spread of COVID-19: everyone must wear a mask, and the bikes are sufficiently spaced apart. She also bought a commercial AIRBOX cleaning system for the studio.
“It purifies the air of allergens, viruses and bacteria six times in a 45-minute session,” she said. “We keep everything clean. We disinfect it after every single class. “
The Jackhammer Fit inaugural ribbon-cut event, organized by the Peters Township Chamber of Commerce, was part of a Galentine’s Day gathering of local female-owned businesses and their products.
“It’s a win-win situation for everyone,” said Stocker. “We will continue to help each other and help our customers thrive happily, healthily, and fabulously.”
For his part, Cramer-McClintock welcomes the opportunity to work closely with Stocker, who is also a registered nurse and certified personal trainer.
“She’s a doer, has amazing energy and is good to be here,” said Cramer-McClintock. “It brings a lot.”
Stocker also likes the arrangement.
“Fill classes,” she said. “The saunas fill up. You can’t beat it. “