The white walls at P31 Fitness in Washington are splashed with pink signs of encouragement such as “You’re Worth It” and “You Can Do It.”
Angie Wilson, P31 Fitness owner, hopes that women who use the facility, located at 1646 E. Fifth St., will leave knowing they are taking care of themselves and feeling better equipped to care for the ones they love.
Wilson began the new fitness program for women June 1, after a doctor asked her what she was doing for herself physically.
“The crickets started chirping as I sat there in silence,” she said. So, after 25 years of being a fitness student in many venues and classes, Wilson decided to take the bull by the horns and open her own business.
P31 Fitness is a franchise based off the Proverbs 31 woman in the Bible.
“She’s a superwoman. She’s strong. She takes care of her family and she takes care of herself,” said Wilson said, adding that the program focuses on all four areas of health, including physical, spiritual, mental and emotional.
Wilson said having a faith-based fitness program is important to her.
“I wanted something that focused on the whole woman,” she said. “It’s important to offer women a safe place and an encouraging place where they feel comfortable doing exercises.”
Starting out, Wilson will offer cardio, weight training and kickboxing.
Wilson offers month-to-month sessions that include three classes per week for four weeks.
Girls ages 10 to 18 also are welcome and encouraged to participate in the classes.
The class schedule is Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 10 a.m., low impact class; Mondays and Wednesdays, 5:30 p.m., Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7:15 p.m. and Saturdays at 8 a.m., all of which are a mix of weight training, cardio and kickboxing. Classes are one hour long.
Wilson said the classes accommodate all levels of exercise experience from those who have never worked out to athletes.
Participants are asked to bring hand weights that are 2 to 5 pounds. Interested women are invited to attend one class for free.
“Watching women change from the inside out is the most rewarding,” Wilson said, “realizing that they are worth taking the time and making the effort (to be healthy).”
Wilson said she’s been working to open P31 since January, which included attending training classes and getting certification through P31 Fitness.
She lives in Dutzow with her husband Tim Wilson, daughter, Mackenzie Wilson, 10, and son, Caleb Wilson, 12. She also has a grown daughter, Ashley Anthony, who is married.