Raleigh Group Fitness
Ashley and Brittany
Back in late January, I received an email from Ashley and Brittany. They are the leaders of a Raleigh area fitness organization called Raleigh Group Fitness. They were looking for a photographer for an upcoming event in February. The event was Raleigh Group Fitness’s first 2018 pop-up workout, and it was taking place inside of Marbles Kids Museum. I had never heard of Raleigh Fitness Group, but any event involved with Marbles Kids Museum will always get my interest. Ashley and Brittany described themselves as “wellness #fitfluencers” in the Raleigh area. Raleigh Group Fitness provides resources for fitness, wellness tips, special events, and ongoing fitness opportunities. You can follow Raleigh Group Fitness on Instagram and Facebook @raleighgroupfitness.
Big Kids Corps
After meeting with Ashley and Brittany and learning more about Raleigh Group Fitness and Marbles Big Kids Corps, I had the feeling that this event was going to be something special. Marbles’ Big Kids Corps volunteers are on a mission to be the “most playful volunteers in town.” The members volunteer their time and talents to a wide variety of museum events, fundraisers, and community programs all year long. The donations from the pop-up event are going towards purchasing tickets for children who can’t afford to come to the museum.
Marbles Winter Workout
The day of the winter workout came. The turn out was unbelievable. Over 150 people turned out and raised more than $1000 for Marbles Full Access program. The enthusiasm and energy at the event were strong from start to finish; probably stronger at the end, with the raffle prizes.
To get a different perspective on the whole event, I decided to set up a time-lapse of the workout sessions. It turned out better than I had hoped.
Everyone that attended was given a colored sticker at check-in. After the introductions and warm up they were split into three groups according to their sticker color. Ashley led the main room, Brittany was in the Zanzibar room, and Conner, of F45 Training, was on the stair loop. Each group spent fifteen minutes with each instructor. The instructors’ passion and enthusiasm for wellness and fitness were palpable. One of the highlights of the event had to be the legendary Raleigh DJ Joe Bunn, of Bunn DJ. His music kept the workout going at a great pace. He knew exactly what to play for each circuit and even the cooldown times. Every great work out needs a soundtrack, and Joe Bunn created that for all the guest.
The Cool Down
After a great group cool down, all the guests went to the Zanzibar room for refreshments, to mingle, to check out all the raffle prizes, and get their swag bags. Even after the intense workout, the energy of the room was still high. Being my first pop-up workout with Raleigh Group Fitness, I was impressed. Not only with their professionalism but also their love for the people. Their genuineness and caring translated to everything they did at the event, whether leading a workout, giving out raffle prizes, or just a quick high five. The area is fortunate to have an organization like Raleigh Group Fitnesses and to have its two compassionate leaders, Brittany and Ashley.
If you are interested in going future Raleigh Group Fitness events, go follow them on facebook
Marbles Kids Museum
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G2G Protein Bars
Bunn DJ Company
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Parlor Blow Dry Bar
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