Fitness Together

Fitness Together

460702759-Alita-Brown

408 H Street NE Washington, DC 20002
www.fitnesstogether.com/capitolhill

“Part of how a neighborhood like ours gets revitalizes is by businesses like mine staying here…It makes me feel good that Wacif is actually interested in what I’m doing and giving me ideas. And they believe in me. It’s been a great journey but it was difficult. Without them, I honestly can’t say that I would be here.”

Alita BrownOwner of Fitness First

THEIR STORY

Alita Brown recalls the days before she owned Fitness Together, a gym with two outlets in the District of Columbia.

“I didn’t hate my job, but I knew I had a higher calling,” said Brown, a certified personal trainer.

Brown dreamed of owning a personal training studio — one that would serve her community.

“I wanted to get up every day and know, no matter what, I was doing something to help someone,” Brown said.  Unfortunately, Brown lacked capital to make her project a reality.

That’s where Wacif came in. In all, Wacif gave Brown two loans totaling $114,000 to enhance her first location and acquire a second. Even with Wacif funds, it wasn’t easy to get Fitness Together off the ground.  Brown chose a location on H Street, N.E., four blocks from Union Station, as the location of her flagship gym.

But in opting for the District’s H Street Corridor, Brown had put her business in the center of a rapidly developing neighborhood, complete with sprawling construction projects. At that time, many of the basic comforts of a neighborhood were missing. For a long time the area didn’t even have a sidewalk. And that made getting to the door rough.

“Part of how a neighborhood like ours gets revitalizes is by businesses like mine staying here,” Brown said.

It took a lot of work to achieve her success, but today Brown’s studio operates by the mission that she dreamed of years earlier:  “Whether you are looking to lose weight, tone and tighten muscles or simply work toward better health, Fitness Together pairs you with a personal trainer in a private setting equipped with a workout plan tailored just for you.”

Brown is enthusiastic about the support that Wacif gave her when her dream was a nascent idea nine years ago.

“It makes me feel good that Wacif is actually interested in what I’m doing and giving me ideas. And they believe in me. It’s been a great journey but it was difficult, Brown said. “Without them, I honestly can’t say that I would be here.”