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Working out to pursue her dreams: Christina Boyd opens up boot camp studio to help people reach their goals

By Liz Moomey
liz.moomey@salisburypost.com

ROCKWELL — Two years ago, Christina Boyd need a change in her life so she began a six-week challenge to get in shape.

Now she has opened up 4140 Fitness, which offers boot camp-style classes.

“Two years ago, I started working, because I was at a really low point in my life and I was like ‘OK, I got to do something,’ so this thing came across my Facebook and it was a six-week challenge,” Boyd said. “I said ‘OK, I can do anything for six weeks.’ I went in there and within the first week, I fell in love. I was like ‘Oh my god.’ It completely changed my life. So now two years later I opened my own studio.”

On Sept. 8, she began offering 45-minute classes to help transform people’s lives like working out did for her.

“I love to help people and see the changes that they make and their goals,” Boyd said. “I love seeing them lose weight. I love being to see them at the very beginning and then transforming and being able to squat all the way or do a push up. Those were all things I couldn’t do. I couldn’t do any of that. It’s cool to see people transform and how it makes them feel. It makes me feel good too.”

4140 Fitness has rowers, weights, medicine balls and more for people to get a specialized workout with a coach present to correct form and give encouraging words to complete the sets.

“I’m here to help you,” Boyd said. “You’re going to have a set structured workout. When I say structured, it’s going to be there ready to go. The workouts are different all the time. We’re constantly varying it, changing it up so your body doesn’t get used to the same routine over and over again.”

Currently, Boyd offers 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. classes. At 9 a.m. on Saturday, she offers a free class to the public. She has free childcare for the evening classes. She said she has plans on adding more classes as the studio grows.

“That’s going to come with people joining,” Boyd said. “The faster I can get them in here the faster I can quit my other job. I am a single mom with two kids working full-time pursuing my dreams.”

Boyd said she was going to open up a gym last year but at the last minute decided not to, but with the encouragement with her kids she went for it.

“I freaked out a year ago,” she said. “I put it on hold. I was just like, ‘You know what I’m almost 40 years old.’ I love this. I miss this. It’s my heart. It’s my passion. I miss coaching people. I miss being in the gym all day. I work. I would go do my workout at the gym and then it was like ‘Ugh I got to leave.’ I don’t want to leave. I want to stay in here. I want to hang out and chat with everyone afterwards. I was like ‘OK, I’m doing it. I’m going for it. If I fail, I fail at least I tried. At least I’m not going to be 40 and say I wish I tried that when I was 38.’”

Boyd already has a customer base with three people from her previous gym following her for the boot camp workout. One is Kenny Medeiros who Boyd coached previously.

“He was one of my first people that I started coaching and I got to see him at the very beginning to where he is now,” Boyd said. “It’s awesome to see where they came from and see where they are now. He’s here now. I absolutely love it.”

All in all, the most important thing for Boyd she said is people walking feeling a sense of community.

“I just want people to have a place to go that they can feel comfortable working out,” she said. “I don’t want anyone to have that intimidation. You hear people going to other facilities and say ‘I work out two hours a day.’ OK, they’ll come in here and they’ve never had a work out like that before. I’m like if you’re working out for two hours, I don’t know what you’re doing. My goal is to help as many as I can to reach their goals.”

4140 Fitness is located at 610-B W. Main Street in Rockwell. First month membership is $59, and $99 after the first month. The drop-in price is $10 and the first class is free.

For more information, visit www.4140fitness.com.

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