The Gym cel­e­brat­ing a first year that’s worked out

An­niver­sary will be reached in De­cem­ber

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Things are work­ing out nicely for The Gym, a fa­cil­ity owned and op­er­ated by fit­ness fan Vanessa Pul­ley.

It’s been nearly one year since the busi­ness first opened Dec. 3, 2016, and Pul­ley is happy with how things are shap­ing up.

This is but one of her sev­eral fit­ness ven­tures – she also teaches reg­u­lar fit­ness classes and opened Fig­ures, a fit­ness stu­dio, three years ago – and it’s not even her main job. Pul­ley bal­ances these with her school teach­ing at Digby El­e­men­tary School and Wey­mouth Con­sol­i­dated School.

“It comes down to time man­age­ment. It’s been a busy year, but I’m right where I want to be,” says Pul­ley.

Pul­ley says run­ning her own busi­ness has been a learn­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, full of twists and turns that can be hard to pre­dict. She cred­its her hus­band Dale Wag­ner’s sup­port, along with her par­ents, for help­ing out when the sched­ule gets tough.

Things like pa­per­work, build­ing main­te­nance, sched­ul­ing classes and fi­nances are hard enough to bal­ance when it’s your main job – when it’s your sec­ond or third, things can get dicey. But this hasn’t stopped Puller for a sec­ond.

“I’ve dreamed of open­ing this gym since I bought this build­ing in 2014. I jumped into it with both feet – you never know how some­thing will go un­til you do that,” she says.

And the busi­ness re­ally does come down to her – she is its only staff per­son.

Af­ter want­ing to open the busi­ness for sev­eral years, Pul­ley is do­ing it her own way.

De­spite her busy sched­ule, she makes time to visit the gym and es­tab­lish a wel­com­ing at­mos­phere for its mem­bers.

“I try to be present – to be in the gym as much as I can, in­ter­act­ing with mem­bers,” she says.

“Gyms can be in­tim­i­dat­ing, so I want the at­mos­phere here to be com­fort­able and ac­cept­ing for ev­ery­one,” she says.

Pul­ley also plans to ex­pand a part of her build­ing to in­clude a cross­fit stu­dio for men and women, and is hop­ing to start the process early spring.

To cel­e­brate the busi­ness go­ing strong af­ter one year, Pul­ley will be giv­ing away a one-year free mem­ber­ship for any­one who’s been a gym mem­ber for at least three con­sec­u­tive months, or who buys a three-month or longer mem­ber­ship.

For more de­tails on mem­ber­ships and the con­test, see The Gym’s Face­book page at Vanessa Pul­ley Fit­ness.

Vanessa Pul­ley stands in front of The Gym, her new­est fit­ness ven­ture, which turns 1 year old De­cem­ber 3.

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