Get Fit Studio is one of the newest additions to the Boutique District, located at 277 S. Washington Street. They’ve got your fitness needs covered all without leaving Old Town!
We sat down to chat with Ann Pham & Carlo Pascasio about owning a business in OT and much more!
What drove you to start your business in Old Town?
Old Town is special place for us: Carlo started his fitness career years ago in Old Town and it’s also where Ann came to kick-start her fitness routine. Our paths intersected on a fateful day at a big box gym in the area and the rest is history.
What have been the biggest challenges you’ve overcome or biggest successes you’ve celebrated?
Our biggest challenge came in finding a space that would allow our business to grow peacefully. Prior to having our own facility two years ago, we were forced to move the business around from gym to gym, trying to lease space that was comfortable and convenient for our clients. Being in such a competitive industry like fitness, no matter how we tried to get along with others, some conflict would always arise when we had to share space. But every time these barriers popped up, we were ultimately led to something better. Plus, it was a great experience for us as business owners to deal with and learn to work our way around opposition.
We don’t have any one particular big success we’re most proud of. Our most prized successes occur when clients reach their fitness goals and thank us for putting them on a healthier path. When they share their stories and recount their struggles from the beginning of their journey, it’s just a reminder of why we do what we do.
What’s your favorite part of owning a business in Old Town?
We love all the fellow small, local businesses and the feeling of community! There is no other place with the essence and soul of Old Town and our shops. We’ve got so much uniqueness, historic charm and vibrancy here. Putting down roots in a place like Old Town and feeling like you belong somewhere special is awesome!
Advice to future OT business owners?
Don’t be afraid to be different! Every business is special so just show passion and kindness in everything you do and be genuine.
What do you love about being a part of Get Fit?
Carlo: Building and leading Get Fit Studio is my ultimate dream! My love for fitness and sharing knowledge with people has always been front and foremost; It has never felt like “work”. The feeling of being able to help others reach their fitness goals and change their ways for the better is indescribable.
Ann: I had always been a shy introvert who secretly loved being around people. Helping Carlo build Get Fit Studio really pushed me out of my shell and forced me to be more outgoing and less afraid of small talk. Now, I love approaching people and welcoming them to our fitfam!
What’s your favorite work out?
Carlo: HIIT style training. I love the variety that can be implemented! I can burn the most calories by mixing in strength and cardiovascular training. I also love calisthenics.
Ann: Get Fit Studio’s Iron Strength! I like to think I was the muse behind the development of this group session! As much as I loved using dumbbells and other apparatuses, I would watch people use barbells and become so intrigued. I pleaded with Carlo to teach me, I love how strong I feel when I pick up a barbell.
What are your favorite places to eat, shop, & relax in Old Town?
Carlo: Favorite Restaurant is Vola’s – love the view of the river (and the new view is even better!) while enjoying the seafood options since we are Pescatarian. Pacers for all my running gear and they also host some great local runs, including one of my favorites, the Parkway Classic. Alexandria Massage Therapy for my massages.
Ann: Favorite Restaurant is Fontaine’s. Who doesn’t love it when you can get both sweet and savory crepes?? I’m an athletic wear addict so now having Lululemon just two blocks from us has been awesome and bad at the same time. Especially since I’ve been missing my regular Lulu bottoms and recently discovered the magic of their Nulu fabric which enables me to get items in my pre-pregnancy size! To relax, i just love strolling by the water. I love the breeze and people watching.
How can we find out more & sign up for classes?
Get Fit Studio offers customized one on one personal training with nutrition guidance, plus we have HIIT and strength training group sessions ranging from beginners level to advanced heavy weight lifting level.