Exercise enthusiasts open new fitness studio in Panora
With a love of fitness and a desire to challenge others, Sue Bump and Julie Fulton, are opening Reshape LLC in Panora.
Located at 111 1st Street, in the old Treasures building, just across the street from the Panora Public Library, the beautifully renovated fitness studio will offer a variety of classes tailored to fun, focused and sustainable exercise.
The first classes will be held there this Sunday, April 29. A Grand Opening is planned for Saturday, May 19.
Sue Bump, a 2004 graduate of Earlham high school, and husband Neil, who grew up in the area, have lived in Panora for six years. They have a two-year old daughter, Stella, and are expecting their second little girl in August. Neil Bump is a contractor for J&K Builders and Sue is a dental assistant for Dr. Larry Spray at Lakeshore Family Dentistry in Panora.
Bump has taught Kickboxing classes twice a week and a weekly Strength Training class at Progressions Fitness in Panora, a 24-hour gym with weights and cardio equipment on the town’s main street, for nearly three years.
“We’ve outgrown it,” Bump said. “We are completely out of space. I have the clients but I don’t have happy clients when I don’t have enough space, and you can’t ask a 24 hour place to shut down for your classes.”
Bump began considering options to expand her classes. She wondered about her garage. “Neil would hate me,” she thought. “I looked at a couple places, but it’s hard to just go buy something as a young individual.”
Then she met Julie Fulton, a guidance counselor at Johnston high school, who lives with her husband, Keith at Lake Panorama. They have two grown sons, Derek and Seth, who live in Des Moines, and have four grandchildren. Fulton has eight years of Yoga experience and has been an instructor at Adel Yoga and Wellness Studio for the last year a half.
“We started talking and got serious in August,” Bump said, of opening their own fitness studio. “If we found the right spot we thought could do this.”
Keith and Julie Fulton purchased the Treasures building from Kass and Karen Duis, who ran the consignment shop with vendors on display for a number of years, but due to aging health were ready to sell.
They began renovations in March. The new studio has exposed brick with a galvanized ceiling, giving it an industrial and rustic feel, with several re-purposed pieces. They replaced windows and installed new flooring and lights. Big store front windows give the studio an inviting touch.
Reshape will offer classes seven days a week. Fulton will instruct three different types of Yoga classes, including a Gentle Flow Yoga, Hot Yoga, and Yoga Fit.
“I look forward to sharing Yoga here, it encourages you to be more mindful,” Fulton said. “It’s stability, balance and strength all at the same time.”
Bump will continue to teach her Kickboxing and Strength training classes, as well as stationary cycling classes. Sandy Leiferman of Panora will also teach the spinning classes.
Kellie Lewis, who resides in Monteith, will teach a Step Aerobics class and Brittany Harney, who owns Britt’s Family Hair Care in Panora, will teach a Saturday morning Strength Training, and possibly a Barre class.
“We want to know what the community wants,” Bump said. “We want to provide what people want.”
Bump said she consistently hears a need for Zumba, a dance-based workout, in town.
“I have yet to find a Zumba instructor, but it’s something we would consider,” she said.
Reshape classes can be booked through the Mindbody App. After downloading the App, each person can view Reshape’s class schedule and prices. Currently there is a new client special of $15 for three classes and also a spring special that includes eight classes for $50.
Those with questions can email: email@example.com. They also have a facebook page.
“We’re just really excited,” Bump said. “We hope people join us for a class, and stop by to see us.”