At the moment, “us” is just me. My name is Sean and I'm a 35 year old man living in northwestern Vermont, situated about ten minutes down the mountain from a popular ski resort… and I don't ski.
A Little Background
I've never been what most would consider fit or fat. I'm just your average guy going through life happy to eat whatever tastes good. I also enjoy lounging on the couch in front of a good movie. If I had to pin-point when my interest in getting in shape peaked, it would have been the day someone close to me made a comment about about my double chin. It's been about five years since then and apparently that simple statement got to me because I still think about those words often and use them for motivation.
I'd like to say that from slammed into my ears it was all exercise, eating tuna-wraps & salads, and drinking nothing but water... but it wasn't. Making lifestyle changes is hard and I'm certainly no exception.
About three years ago, I finally decided to get serious about toning-up to see what I could do about my chin situation, soft abs, and less than stellar arms. No, I haven't been working out 24/7/365 — "Getting serious" is tough and there have been periods of ample rest (think months).
I did, however, manage to make some lasting changes. I've committed to eating healthier; I bought a treadmill (two, actually); I bought a weight bench; I bought some of the heavily advertised DVD video sets; I try to always take the stairs; I remove the snow from my driveway with a shovel.
Despite my determination, I couldn't get an exercise routine to stick for more than a few weeks to a couple months. The realization that boredom and repetition were the cause of my declining interest was the genesis of Home Fitness on Tap. I decided to embrace my weaknesses instead of fighting them.
I did some preliminary online research for home gym equipment rental companies and found a few results. None were local & all were expensive.
Why I Started Home Fitness on Tap
Once I realized that this service didn't exist and really wanting to personally have access to equipment rentals, I began thinking about others who could benefit from a service like this. A few groups came to mind:
- People who can't afford to or do not want to buy equipment;
- People who workout inside seasonally;
- People who know they get bored with routines and would prefer access to a variety of equipment instead of investing in a single machine;
- People who are recovering from injury and only need a piece of equipment for a short period of time;
- People who don't live near a gym;
- People who prefer to work out at home.
With a fairly broad customer base in mind, I decided that it was worth a shot.
The premise is simple: Provide customers with modern, well maintained home gym equipment rentals at weekly and monthly rates while providing related services.
Those services include: Equipment delivery with in-home setup, equipment break-down and pick-up, host an online [local] community support forum, and if everything goes well, provide a streaming service though the website featuring licensed workout & healthy living videos.
The equipment rental model has several built in benefits:
- The large up-front (often financed) cost of home gym equipment is removed;
- Customers can now trade-in equipment they've out-grown or have become bored with for something that will keep their routine fresh and fun;
- In-home equipment placement and setup is not offered by most delivery services.
Hopefully the above has given you some insight into why this service exists and how I see it benefiting the community. I also hope that you see how the services I offer can benefit your personal health and fitness. Home Fitness on Tap is still very young and I hope to add more services in the future.
Please contact me if you'd like to share your thoughts, comments, or if you have suggestions for new services.
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