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From Garage to Warehouse…

by Olivia Furlow

IMG_2266In the summer of 2014, I decided to transform my 264 sq. foot, single car garage into a gym.  I prepared myself to have no expectations.  Failure could be a possibility.  I was confident in my work but I wasn’t sure if I would be taken seriously in a garage gym. I decided it needed a name, a name to set it a part from just calling it the garage. To me it was more than just a garage. I put my blood, sweat, and hard work into my gym. It was no longer a place for lawn mowers and bikes. It became, The Box, perfectly describing the simplicity and size. I was coaching in a 264 sq. foot box.

It started with a handful of amazing clients that believed in me. By word of mouth my number of clients grew and so did my confidence that I can do this! I decided failure was no longer a possibility, no longer an option. The search for a bigger place was on. Winter was upon us and so were the fierce single digit temperatures. The Box was freezing! No insulation, no heat. I had a heater that I would turn on for the first few minutes. We would huddle around the heater and talk about the workout. Clients dressed in several layers and the equipment was extremely, bitter cold! At this point I was training 12 clients and not once did anyone cancel because of the temperature. Their dedication was inspiring!

In February 2015, I went to see a warehouse on West Millport Road. As soon as I walked in the door I knew it was the place. After all the pros and cons lists and obsessively analyzing everything and anything I decided that I wasn’t going to do it. Moving into a 3,000 sq. foot warehouse was a huge jump from my current little box. My comfort zone. I was freaked out. It all just got real. But I had too many people behind me that were willing to follow me and support me. I would be crazy to pass on this opportunity. I was told…

If you build it, they will come.

I signed my lease the following week and work began on the warehouse. Saturday, May 16th 2015 Warehouse 37 opened it’s door with 15 loyal, amazing clients in tow. I often thought it would be awesome to have my own training facility but was it my dream? Was it what I envisioned for my future? Honestly no. It wasn’t until my clients brought out that dream in me. I want to thank each and every one of you for leading me to what I truly feel destined to do….Thank you

4 responses to “From Garage to Warehouse…”

  1. Kristie Williams says:

    On Tuesday, May 26th, I stepped into Warehouse 37. My best friend said ‘Come one, you will love it’. I had my doubts…I was used to working out by myself in a huge gym where no one could see me. I surprisingly enjoyed my first session and was invited back for another two sessions that week. I came back for one more session and made my decision…..I was quitting ‘the gym’ and coming to Warehouse 37. Olivia is inspiring with her training. Enthusiastic and encouraging. I am so happy I made this move and look forward to my workdays days.

  2. Karen says:

    Love your passion! Keep us updated on your growth and group sessions.

  3. Larry says:

    I never was at the box but I do go to the warehouse. Before coming to the warehouse the last time I really worked out was 2003. Since coming I feel great, I can see a difference in my appearance and the way I feel. Olivia is a kickass trainer and knows her shit. Going to Warehouse 37 was one of the best decisions I made in awhile now I’m addicted to working out.
    Thank you Olivia👍💪

  4. Ed Myers says:

    I first met Oliva at Tim’s Gym, when Barb and I joined. She became our personal trainer; me 3 months after a heart attack and heart surgery and Barb 5 years after cancer. There was an immediate connection and I became addicted to exercise. She saved my life.
    We lost touch for several months during her transition from her Box to Warehouse 37, but connected again, Saturday morning Boot Camp is the best.
    The people and place are AWESOME.
    If you haven’t been there yet, I HIGHLY recommend stopping in. It will change your life too

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