A new Bolingbrook business is dancing to the beat! Kate Ryan and Gene Hicks officially opened Hip Hop Fit with Gene Hicks on February 10, 2016. For the past six years, Gene had been teaching his exclusive Hip Hop Fit classes at area gyms and built up a loyal following. It was rewarding for him to watch people reach their fitness goals and transform their lives from the workout he created. The positive feedback and support from clients gave the couple encouragement to start their own studio and bring Hip Hop Fit to a larger audience.
Hip Hop Fit classes are easy-to-follow, dance based workouts. The studio offers Hip Hop workouts in 60 minute sessions, six days per week. They also offer martial arts based classes and are planning to add a Latin Fusion class. Additional workout formats will be added as the studio expands. Kate said, “Gene’s Hip Hop Fit workouts are exciting and challenging, yet anyone at any ability level can enjoy success in the class because he makes the moves so simple and easy to follow.” She explained that Gene also brings high-energy to his classes to create a fun, party-like workout.
Participants must be ages 14 and up for Hip Hop Fit classes. However, children of all ages are welcome at Kickboxing and Family Hip Hop Fit classes. Clients may purchase a a month-to-month membership or simply pay a drop-in rate as they attend a class.
A ribbon cutting ceremony was held by the Bolingbrook Area Chamber of Commerce on April 26, 2016 at the studio. The guests in attendance admired the large studio space that is available for classes.
While in the planning stages for their business, they reached out to the Illinois Small Business Development Center at Joliet Junior College for assistance with their start-up. They consulted with Michael McClinton, SBDC business advisor, to receive guidance with developing a business plan.
Kate said, “Michael helped us to finish up our business plan by providing excellent feedback. He also helped connect us with ACCION Chicago and prepared us to be ready for the process of applying for a start-up loan with them.” She added, “He was there with us from the beginning and supported us throughout the startup process by always being available to answer questions and give insightful feedback.”
Hip Hop Fit with Gene Hicks is located at 526 East Boughton Road in Bolingbrook, Illinois. For more information and a class schedule, call (630) 312-8732 or visit their website at: www.hiphopfit.net/
Mike said, “The success of Hip Hop Fit is proof that dreams do come true with hard work, dedication and continued encouragement.” He continued, “Gene and Kate are a great team and I see nothing but success in their future.”
The Illinois SBDC at JJC offers consultations, resources and seminars to assist entrepreneurs with the start-up or expansion of their business. To learn more about the Illinois SBDC at JJC call (815) 280-1400 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Illinois SBDC at JJC is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Department of Commerce and Economic Development, and Joliet Junior College.
Photo: Michael McClinton (center), SBDC business advisor congratulates Kate Ryan and Gene Hicks on the opening of their new business Hip Hop Fit with Gene Hicks. The Bolingbrook Chamber of Commerce held a ribbon cutting ceremony on April 26, 2016.Read Recent Spotlights >>