By Joce Blake
The great Mile High City is listed as #5 among the healthiest cities in the United States, according to Forbes Magazine. Every area in Denver has a host of gyms, golf courses, parks, and recreational areas, and of course, the beautiful Rocky Mountains set the scene, serving as a background and a playground.
With so many ways to stay fit, there is always a new and innovative trend in the fitness world. Whether you are a health nut or someone seeking a customized routine, feeling comfortable and enjoying your workout are most important, but not every space offers that experience. However, our very own Women of Denver member, Sheryl Langley, loved the fitness plan at FIT36 so much, she decided to open a new location after a year of high-intensity interval training.
Over a year, Langley dropped three sizes, and she says that it is all thanks to the “work harder and smarter” mantra that rings throughout the FIT36 locations. In just 36 minutes, the goal is to provide an intense but fun workout regimen perfect for any Mile Higher ready to see results and work hard. The 53-year-old entrepreneur and guru opened her FIT36 studio with hopes of inspiring others to “train to live” because she knows how great the muscle memory program works.
Inspired by this transformation, we asked Langley how it started. This woman of Denver told us, “The moment I decided to stop going the safe route and follow my passions to create the life I had only dreamed of. My year of transformation followed a divorce and there was a whole new life I was ready to create.” Langley recalls reading books that helped her overcome fear and self doubt. She also attended workshops on how to discover her calling and truest life passions. Langley went on to say, “I also joined a mentorship program to get the support and internal work I would need in making this big change in my life and believing in myself. I created a plan and knew I was willing to do whatever it took. Support was crucial, both with my circle of friends and my business mentors. In a short year, my experiences were beyond any challenges I had overcome in my entire life, and this was the transformation that has led me to where I am today, a stronger and more confident woman who is driven to live her passionate life.”
For every powerful transformation, there is a moment that is life altering and Langley recalled that moment happening at a workshop in Chicago. At this juncture in her life, she was considering her next move after being unhappy with her job at the time. “We all talked about what our greatest passions were and put them in the order of most important and I realized during that time that I was spending very little time in what really mattered to me,” Langley says. In that moment she asked the facilitators about mentorship and ironically they had just started a program designed for people like Langley who were looking to redefine their life. According to this brave woman, “That was the start of my journey.”
Social sciences have proven that giving a woman resources provides stronger benefit to the world. The resilience and strength that women exude is quite inspiring. That applies to Sheryl Langley. She too believes that as she shared with us, “Women have a sense of compassion and depth of being in touch with their inner self that allows us to connect on levels I feel some men struggle with (okay, most men). Women find and build their tribe and the level of support and love we give each other and the trials and tribulations we are willing to share with each other is a very special thing.” Above all things, we loved when the Mile Higher said, “We dream big and love to pursue those dreams. We are soft yet strong. Yes, being a woman is incredible!”
The Women of Denver was created to help achieve that very goal. For Langley, finding other women who shared her yearning to learn from each other has been amazing. “This group supports each and every member in every way you can imagine, personally and in business matters as well. To be able to share my story and experience with other members and inspire them has been something that truly transformed my life. Having a powerful support network has been a major ingredient for my personal transformation and WOD has been a part of that. The relationships you build at WOD can truly transform your life,” the Women of Denver member exclaims.
Becoming more passionate about inspiring others on a deeper level, you can expect to see Sheryl Langley doing more speaking and one on one life transformation coaching and mentoring. Langley believes that transformation challenges will be an integral part of her fitness business while integrating a full on mind and body transformation program that can be duplicated and used to help women and men who are ready to do the work on themselves both inside and out. She says, “It's going to be about focusing on the entire being and for me about slowing the aging process and helping others to focus on happiness that starts from within. From self care and self love.” We are excited for Sheryl Langley’s continuous transformations as she continues to make the world a more passionate place.