By Ellen Garrison
The Sacramento Bee
WWR Article Summary (tl;dr) “Kaia FIT” has grown from one gym in Minden, Nev., founded in 2010 by Nikki Warren to 47 locations in five states. Warren said she designed the program to appeal to the mothers she would see sitting on the sidelines in her gymnastics facilities, waiting for their children to finish exercising.
The Sacramento Bee
It’s that time of year again when everyone will write a list of resolutions for the new year and cross their fingers that they’ll be able to stick to them.
Gym memberships will skyrocket. Chocolate will be evicted from the house.
But the age-old problem is commitment. Polls show that weight loss, exercise and health-related resolutions top the lists of popular resolutions made each year, but further research suggests that only 8 percent of people actually achieve their resolutions.
So how to keep to those goals? The women of Kaia FIT Sacramento, a chain of women’s gyms that pair nutrition plans with workouts, have some advice.
Kaia FIT has grown from one gym in Minden, Nev., founded in 2010 by Nikki Warren to 47 locations in five states. That includes 19 locations in the Sacramento region.
Many of the women who own the local gyms got their start at Kaia Sacramento and decided to branch out on their own, said Amber Leonti, co-owner of Kaia FIT’s Sacramento, Carmichael and Sunrise locations.
She and business partner Kira Rasmussen met each other through Kaia Sacramento before opening the Sunrise location several years later and then expanding their ownership.
Compared to other cities she’s lived in, Leonti said people in Sacramento are more interested in fitness and the outdoors. She said she thinks the proliferation over the last few years of franchise-based gyms like CrossFit, which gave people a new way to work out, have added to people’s willingness to try new activities.