YARDLEY BOROUGH >> There’s a brand new place to work out in town, meet new friends and have some fun burning calories.
On Saturday, State Rep. Perry Warren (D-31) and Yardley Borough Councilman Jef Buehler were on hand to help Colleen Faltot, her family, friends and employees cut the ribbon on Grist Mill Fitness located inside the iconic grist mill property at 40 North Main Street.
“It’s great to welcome another new business to the community,” said Warren. “The owners and instructors are motivated and excited. They’re going to bring a lot of energy and enthusiasm to the business and to the community. Grist Mill Fitness offers a great opportunity for people to focus on their fitness and health.”
He also commended Yardley Borough Council and the Yardley Borough Enhancement Team (Yardley BET) for supporting small businesses in town and encouraging new and exciting businesses to locate here.
“Small business is the life blood of the community in our boroughs and in our towns and it’s great to see new entrepreneurs coming in here and our local government working to make them a success,” he said.
Faltot, the owner of Grist Mill Fitness and a Certified Holistic Health Coach and Certified Fitness Professional, was born and raised in Yardley. Prior to opening Grist Mill Fitness on March 1, she ran Fit4Mom, a health and fitness community for local moms.
“It’s been going awesome,” said Faltot of her first few days in business. “Everyone has been loving it. We’ve had some really positive feedback.
“I could not be more excited to bring this health and wellness resource to my community,” she said. “Everyone needs a fun, no judgment zone – where they can go for support, accountability and an awesome workout! If that is what you are looking for, you have found your home!”
Grist Mill Fitness offers 24 small group classes each week as part of its membership. In addition, they have 8-Week Challenges – 56 days designed to teach members how to fuel their bodies, move more, live healthier and enjoy themselves while doing it. They also offer health coaching and personal training.
“We have workout routines for every level,” said Faltot. “We’re here to provide a fun, effective workout. We switch it up every time so you’re never taking the same class,” she adds. “It’s also about community. When people come to Grist Mill Fitness we know you by name. It’s a totally different experience.”
One of the unique aspects of Grist Mill Fitness is their emphasis on regular, caring accountability. The first week of every month members go through a Fit-Test to track their progress and celebrate their non-scale victories. Seeing how many more push-ups and sit-ups one can do in a minute can be incredibly motivating.
“The Fit-Test is an objective opportunity for members to track results and push through that infamous “extra inch” we talk about in every workout. Fit-Tests also help our members stay accountable and motivated to keep on top of their fitness,” emphasized Faltot.
“At the end of the day,” continued Faltot, “at Grist Mill Fitness we believe in empowering people, we believe in community, and we believe in results! Our mission is to make fitness fun. We strive to help our members take ownership of their health and improve their life as a whole.”
To reach out and engage the greater Yardley community, Grist Mill Fitness is offering one week free in March to anyone in the community that would like to see what Grist Mill Fitness is all about.
The new fitness center fills a gap left by the departure of Yardley Fitness, which moved to larger quarters in nearby Morrisville.
“We’re happy they could incubate here,” said Buehler, the chairman of the Yardley BET. “But we’re even happier to have Grist Mill Fitness move in here, invest in the borough and use what was a vacant space and turn it into something that is positive and proactive.
“It also adds to our wellness niche in Yardley, which we are known for along with our specialty niche restaurants and eateries. We are really excited to have Colleen and her team here,” he said.
“Strengthening our wellness niche, Grist Mill Fitness is a great asset to us. We look forward to working with them and working out with them,” he said.
The opening of Grist Mill Fitness in the latest in a string of new businesses that have opened there doors here in the last few years. Others have included Yardley General and O So Inviting.
Looking ahead, Buehler said T. Foster & Company Fine Jewelers will be holding a grand opening in the next month or so.
“And hopefully we’ll have two other business announcements coming shortly thereafter. This spring, we’re going to have a lot of new and wonderful businesses growing in our community,” he said.
Grist Mill Fitness can be found on the web at www.GristMillFitness.com and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/gristmillfitness. Information about Yardley BET may be found on www.yardleyboro.com/doing-business/ and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/YardleyBET/.