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The Next Chapter

Happy Monday! The week is off to quite a big start over here. I am beyond excited to announce the “thing” that’s been in the works for weeks now.

Effective today I am the general manager of Metro Fitness Club.

Here is the press release that went out this morning with all the details…

Jennifer DeCurtins Joins Metro Fitness Club Team as General Manager:

Charlotte, NC – Metro Fitness Club announced today the appointment of Jennifer Decurtins as general manager.

In her role, DeCurtins will oversee all day-to-day operations including member and community relations, fitness programming, and staff development.

Decurtins is an NASM certified personal trainer, certified group fitness instructor, 200-hour registered yoga instructor and healthy living blogger. A lifelong fitness enthusiast, DeCurtins loves sharing her passion for healthy living with daily updates about workouts, meals, running, yoga and general fitness and nutrition topics on her blog, Peanut Butter Runner.

A graduate of the University of Georgia with a degree in public relations, Decurtins recently left a six-year career in advertising to live her passion as a full time fitness professional. She is an ambassador for lululemon and a respected leader in the Charlotte fitness community.

Metro Fitness Club co-owner Dar Malecki shared, ‘We are thrilled to add Jennifer to our team at Metro. Her professional background and expertise in the fitness community will expand upon our success and ensure we are providing an exceptional experience for our clients.’ Co-owner Denise Abood adds, ‘Jennifer’s enthusiasm for fitness and community adds a great energy to the atmosphere at Metro. We are thrilled about the tremendous leadership and creativity she brings to our team.’

And here is some detailed information about Metro…

Metro Fitness Club, which will open its second location in April, offers Charlotte a unique fitness experience in an upscale setting. The club specializes in custom designed, results-driven personal and small group training programs as well as a variety of CrossFit programming.  Metro Fitness Club caters to all fitness levels and is determined to support members in achieving their fitness goals.  The club offers state-of-the-art equipment and classes where members receive innovative, personalized training led by professionally trained staff.

My side of the story…

I connected with the owners of Metro last fall when I was making the switch to fitness full-time (actually, I initially met them over a year ago at a blogger event shortly after they opened) so we’ve been on each other’s radar for quite some time. I have always been very impressed by the club. The facilities are beautiful, the equipment is state-of-the-art and the staff is great. Also, it’s owned by two amazing, talented and driven women and I love that.

I have to say that I was blown away to be offered this opportunity. I was not actively seeking a full-time position but the more that we talked and the more I thought about it, the more it seemed like the right fit. This role allows me to utilize my background in marketing, advertising and social media while working in an industry that I feel incredible passion for. I will still be able to teach classes and train clients in addition to my responsibilities as general manager.

There are so many big things happening at Metro right now. We just announced that we’ll be opening a second location in April that will be more of a traditional CrossFit Box and also offer performance training. Demo is underway on the new location! The main location will continue to offer CrossFit classes but we’ll also be launching some new programs like spin, yoga, rowing and e3 strength and endurance training – a new high-intensity, interval-based training concept that offers four distinct programs geared toward promoting muscular strength and endurance and enhancing metabolic conditioning.

So that’s enough for you to digest for one post! I’ll answer any questions you might have in my next post (ask away!) and give you a better an idea of how my time will be structured moving forward.

Here’s to the next chapter. I continue to be amazed by the twists and turns that make up my life experience and I am extremely grateful for this new direction.

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  • 1
    ashley February 13, 2012, 2:19 pm

    Omigosh! How exciting!! Congratulations, Jen!

    • 2
      Jen February 13, 2012, 2:48 pm

      thanks ashley!

  • 3
    JennyV February 13, 2012, 2:20 pm

    “I have to say that I was blown away to be offered this opportunity. I was not actively seeking a full-time position…”

    ^^
    That says it all! It is awesome that things fall in to place when you’re out there doing your thing! You took a leap of faith and began pursuing what your heart desired… and things fell into place and the right time. Congratulations to you! It’s going to be fun ton continue to follow your journey 🙂

    • 4
      Jen February 13, 2012, 2:48 pm

      i know, i felt like it was a gift from the universe…seriously! it’s been so amazing to do what i love and succeed at it. i am so grateful.

  • 5
    Katie February 13, 2012, 2:22 pm

    WOOOHOOO!!! HUGE Congratulations!!! You 110% deserve such an amazing opportunity 😀 😀

    However, I am very envious of all the people that will have this as their gym with you as manager! This is going to be the start of SO many great things for you!

    Hope you have a great day! 😀

    Katie xx

    • 6
      Jen February 13, 2012, 2:47 pm

      katie – thank you so much! i am really looking forward to connecting with all of the members and building a team environment with the staff! i cannot wait to dive in and get going. hope you have a great day too!

  • 7
    HRCK the Herald February 13, 2012, 2:24 pm

    That is so awesome– congratulations, Jen!!!!

  • 9
    Diane M February 13, 2012, 2:24 pm

    Many congrats to you Jen! This is an amazing opportunity and I wish you all the best! I cannot wait to come see the facility!
    Best of luck!!
    Diane

    • 10
      Jen February 13, 2012, 2:46 pm

      thank you! let me know when you’d like to check it out and i’ll get you set up with a pass. 🙂

  • 11
    David February 13, 2012, 2:25 pm

    That’s awesome, congratulations!

    • 12
      Jen February 13, 2012, 2:46 pm

      thanks david!

  • 13
    Becca B February 13, 2012, 2:28 pm

    congrats! that is so amazing!

    • 14
      Jen February 13, 2012, 2:45 pm

      thanks becca!

  • 15
    Jennifer@knackfornutrition February 13, 2012, 2:29 pm

    Congratulations, Jen! I am so excited for you! This seems like a very logical next step.

    • 16
      Jen February 13, 2012, 2:45 pm

      thank you! it does seem like the right next step. looking forward to learning more of the business side of things.

  • 17
    Allison February 13, 2012, 2:30 pm

    So exciting! Congrats, Jen! It really is so inspiring to watch you live your dream and follow your passions!

    • 18
      Jen February 13, 2012, 2:45 pm

      thank you! i stop and ask myself “is this really my life” about five times a week. i feel so blessed to do what i love.

  • 19
    Winifred February 13, 2012, 2:32 pm

    So happy for you, Jen! This will be an amazing opportunity for you and all of the people that you end up encouraging in your new role. I am so excited to see what this next chapter holds for you.

    • 20
      Jen February 13, 2012, 2:43 pm

      thank you! i am so excited for the opportunity to have a “home base” and to really connect with the members. also to learn the business side of the industry!

  • 21
    Shannon February 13, 2012, 2:35 pm

    AWESOME!!!! Congratulations! That is such a great fit! How absolutely wonderful! You will be perfect in that position. Way to go! Hard work pays off!

    • 22
      Jen February 13, 2012, 2:41 pm

      thank you so much! i’m so excited for this opportunity to combine my experience with my passion and to learn the “business” side of the industry!

  • 23
    Sana February 13, 2012, 2:35 pm

    So proud of you I am glad that good things are coming your way!

    • 24
      Jen February 13, 2012, 2:41 pm

      thank you! i feel blessed!

  • 25
    Kira February 13, 2012, 2:44 pm

    Congratulations! That sounds like a great fit for you with a little more stability than what you’ve been doing more recently. Good to figure out what the big news was all about!

  • 26
    Amy G. February 13, 2012, 2:48 pm

    What an incredible new adventure for you to embark on! I am so happy for you. Isn’t it amazing how hard work, determination and pursuing your dreams can turn your life around? Congrats!

  • 27
    Jillian February 13, 2012, 2:49 pm

    What an amazing opportunity!! Congrats! They are so very lucky to have you! You will do amazing things there!

  • 28
    Diana February 13, 2012, 2:51 pm

    Congratulations!! That really does seem like a perfect fit for you and I’m sure you’ll do wonderful things with this position!

  • 29
    Chrissy (The New Me) February 13, 2012, 2:53 pm

    Congratulations! It’s always wonderful to see talented, passionate, and people get the breaks they deserve. Can’t wait to follow along on this new adventure!

  • 30
    Sherry February 13, 2012, 2:53 pm

    Congrats to you! I can’t wait to read all about your new journey! You deserve it!

  • 31
    Maddie February 13, 2012, 2:57 pm

    Hooray Jen! So excited for you and so excited for Metro! They are so lucky to have you as their leader. Looking forward to checking out the facility myself 🙂

    • 32
      Jen February 13, 2012, 3:30 pm

      anytime – just let me know and i’ll get you set up with a pass. you should come try some classes! 😉

  • 33
    Sunny February 13, 2012, 2:59 pm

    Congratulations! That sounds like a perfect fit!

  • 34
    Brittnie (A Joy Renewed) February 13, 2012, 2:59 pm

    Wow, Congrats to you!! What a neat opportunity. Excited to follow you in this new adventure. 🙂

  • 35
    Pam February 13, 2012, 3:04 pm

    Congrats!!!!
    So very happy for you and the direction your life is taking!
    Metro is only going to improve under your direction!

    • 36
      Jen February 13, 2012, 3:30 pm

      thank you pam! i can’t believe the direction things are going. it’s so amazing.

  • 37
    kat February 13, 2012, 3:06 pm

    Congrats, Jen! Big news! How will this affect your time spent teaching yoga at various studios and personal training at other venues? Will you be pretty much based at Metro now? I bet it’s more steady, dependable hours and with that, pay. Looks like a great facility ~ Congrats again!

    • 38
      Jen February 13, 2012, 3:32 pm

      i will be giving up quite a few classes but keeping some. more details on that to come. still figuring it out. this is definitely more steady (but very flexible) and dependable! thank you for the congrats, kat! 🙂

  • 39
    Bonnie February 13, 2012, 3:13 pm

    Wow! What an incredible opportunity! Thanks for sharing it with us…the write up they did of you was extremely flattering and you must feel proud (I hope you do!)…lots of good things amid perhaps some hard times as well as you’ve alluded to in the comments recently…Keep moving forward on this journey – you are touching others’ lives. 🙂

    • 40
      Jen February 13, 2012, 3:31 pm

      bonnie – thank you so much for your comment. it pulled at my heart big time.

  • 41
    Rob Fiasco February 13, 2012, 3:14 pm

    wow! congratulations! looks like a great company!

  • 42
    Susanne Hyde February 13, 2012, 3:15 pm

    Congrats Jen! Excited for you and the new opportunity! I’m also embarking on a new chapter! I’m going to travel with my husband this baseball season, and call Syracuse “home” for a few months. I’ll still be working remotely with my current job, but I’m also looking into Les Mills certification! I’m ready to start teaching!

    • 43
      Jen February 13, 2012, 3:33 pm

      thank you susanne – i saw on fb that you would be traveling with your husband. i’m so happy for you that you were able to work that out. let me know if you have any questions about LM certs. you will be amazing! 🙂

  • 44
    Matt @ The Athlete's Plate February 13, 2012, 3:16 pm

    YAY Congrats!

  • 46
    Kamaile February 13, 2012, 3:16 pm

    Congratulations! Wow that gym is really nice. Looking forward to following your new journey. 🙂

    • 47
      Jen February 13, 2012, 3:29 pm

      it is a nice facility! thank you!

  • 48
    Sara February 13, 2012, 3:18 pm

    Jen, that is FANTASTIC news!! Congrats – I’m so excited for you!

    • 49
      Jen February 13, 2012, 3:29 pm

      thank you sara! i can’t wait to get going with it!

  • 50
    Anne February 13, 2012, 3:19 pm

    Congrats Jen! This is huge news, I know you’re so excited! Also, I hung out with Andy McCarthy this weekend, he said to tell you and Brandon hey!!

    • 51
      Jen February 13, 2012, 3:29 pm

      thank you anne! love andy. great guy!

  • 52
    Holly February 13, 2012, 3:21 pm

    Congrats Jen! Best wishes on yet another new endeavor!

    Will you continue teaching elsewhere? Or just at the fitness club now?

    • 53
      Jen February 13, 2012, 3:28 pm

      thank you holly! i will be keeping some of my classes. more details on that coming soon!

  • 54
    Brittany @ GOtheXtraMile February 13, 2012, 3:22 pm

    Congrats that is SO amazing!! You will do great!!!

    • 55
      Jen February 13, 2012, 3:28 pm

      thank you brittany! 🙂

  • 56
    Sherri (@ThisLittleLambe) February 13, 2012, 3:22 pm

    I am so so so thrilled for you Jen!

    I bet your yoga students are going to miss you a ton. Will you be teaching outside of Metro at all?

    Amazing news though – you will be a fantastic asset to Metro!

    • 57
      Jen February 13, 2012, 3:27 pm

      thank you so much sherri! for the time being i will be keeping some of my yoga classes outside the club. teaching is such a passion of mine – there is no way i could completely give that up!

  • 58
    natalie (the sweets life) February 13, 2012, 3:36 pm

    wow Jen!! Congrats–sounds like the perfect job for you!

    • 59
      Jen February 13, 2012, 10:55 pm

      thank you natalie!

  • 60
    Kristy February 13, 2012, 3:37 pm

    congrats jen – you could not be MORE deserving of this! following your heart really does lead to success! good for you 🙂

    • 61
      Jen February 13, 2012, 10:56 pm

      kristy – thank you so much. it has been eye opening to see the opportunities that have come my way since i decided to pursue what i feel passion for.

  • 62
    Kim February 13, 2012, 3:40 pm

    OMG! Congrats Jen! I’m so happy for you! I know you were going through a lot when you decided to make fitness your sole job. This sounds like an amazing opportunity and helps to reassure that you made the right career choice!! Best of luck!!!

    • 63
      Jen February 13, 2012, 10:57 pm

      thank you kim! i have LOVED every second of making fitness my full-time job and this feels like the right next step and offers stability, flexibility and creativity. can’t wait to get fully immersed!

  • 64
    stephanie February 13, 2012, 3:54 pm

    That is amazing!! I think this is a perfect fit for you. Good luck in your next fitness adventure.

    • 65
      Jen February 13, 2012, 10:58 pm

      thank you stephanie! i am so excited!

  • 66
    Mary-Heather February 13, 2012, 3:59 pm

    Congratulations! They are lucky to have you, and this seems like such a great fit for you. How exciting!

    • 67
      Jen February 13, 2012, 10:58 pm

      thank you! it feels like such a great fit and like the exact right thing for my life at the moment!

  • 68
    Ally Garner February 13, 2012, 4:11 pm

    Wow, your career has really taken off. What an incredible opportunity & blessing! It’s always so wonderful to see hard working people succeed at their passion. Congratulations Jen & best wishes for a limitless future! Charlotte is so lucky to have you 🙂

    • 69
      Jen February 13, 2012, 11:00 pm

      ally – it’s been amazing to see the opportunities that have come to me since pursuing a career in something that i feel passion and drive for. i cannot wait to see what the future holds. i feel so lucky to be a part of this community in such an amazing city!

  • 70
    Mike February 13, 2012, 4:27 pm

    Congrats on your new opportunity, and best wishes for success! You’ll be missed by your lunchtime yogis and we’ll look forward to hearing lots of good things about your new gig.

    • 71
      Jen February 13, 2012, 11:01 pm

      i am soooooo sad to be leaving y’all but could not turn down this amazing opportunity. i will still see you at y2!

  • 72
    Kelly @foodiefresh February 13, 2012, 4:58 pm

    Yay! Congratulations! They are so smart to hire you and I wish you so much happiness in this new adventure in your career! 🙂

    • 73
      Jen February 13, 2012, 11:02 pm

      thank you kelly!

  • 74
    pamela February 13, 2012, 5:04 pm

    Congratulations!!! How exciting for you!! Again, you are such an inspiration and a testament to what happens when you lead with your heart. Are you still going to teach yoga? (Just curious:) You must be so pumped to begin this new adventure that combines all of your talents! – YAY!!

    • 75
      Jen February 13, 2012, 11:02 pm

      thank you so much. i am still going to teach yoga. i can’t imagine NOT teaching. it’s my #1 passion and the thing that inspires me most!

      and yes, this feels like the perfect combination of my background, my passion and growth opportunities.

  • 76
    Tamara February 13, 2012, 5:21 pm

    Wow! A HUGE congratulations to you! Sounds lie a perfect fit :). You continue to be such an inspiration to us all. I wish you all the best in this next chapter in Your career. It shows us all that if you give it your all and put love and passion into it … You can do anything you want. Amazing, Jen!

    • 77
      Jen February 13, 2012, 11:04 pm

      thank you so much tamara – it’s been really amazing to see what happens when you quit “swimming against the current” and pursue the things that inspire and motivate you. i can’t even believe the opportunities that have come my way and feel so grateful.

  • 78
    Alaina February 13, 2012, 5:21 pm

    Congratulations Jen!!! What an awesome and amazing opportunity! Now I totally wish I lived in Charlotte. I would join this gym in a heartbeat. 😀

    • 79
      Jen February 13, 2012, 11:04 pm

      thank you alaina!

  • 80
    Bess @ Bess Be Fit February 13, 2012, 5:34 pm

    Congrats Jen! Sounds like this was made for you. The facility looks SO awesome! Glad something positive has happened that obviously makes you very happy and excited for the future…I feel like you have been pushing through a hard time lately and I’m glad this opportunity came up for you. You deserve it 🙂

    • 81
      Jen February 13, 2012, 11:10 pm

      bess – thank you so much for your comment and your tweet. this is a shining moment in a rough time and i could not be more thankful for the opportunity to have something so stable and amazing to focus on. i really feel like it’s a gift from the universe as crazy as that sounds!

  • 82
    Amy February 13, 2012, 6:11 pm

    Congratulations!! I have to say, it has been amazing as a reader to watch all of these pieces of your life fall into place since you made the decision to pursue your passion for fitness. The gym looks nice! It will be interesting to see how your routine changes and how you have time to fit it all in. Congrats again 🙂

    • 83
      Jen February 13, 2012, 11:05 pm

      thank you! i will definitely be blogging about my new routine…and i am giving up some of my commitments and classes to fit in this new endeavor and give it 100%.

  • 84
    Laura February 13, 2012, 6:33 pm

    Congratulations! What an amazing job opportunity for you. I wish you all the best as you continue to live your passions. Thanks for sharing your healthy lifestyle with all of us!

    • 85
      Jen February 13, 2012, 11:05 pm

      thank you laura! it’s really awesome to blog about it all and have the opportunity to go back and read about my journey!

  • 86
    nikkie February 13, 2012, 6:48 pm

    Oh, my, Jen, I’m so happy for you!! This is awesome, and yo, tanu’re basically living the live I want to live. You’re such a role model, thanks for the inspiration!!

    • 87
      Jen February 13, 2012, 10:54 pm

      thank you nikkie. i really appreciate the nice comment!

  • 88
    Lauren February 13, 2012, 7:03 pm

    so awesome, congratulations!!! so happy for you, and jealous that you are going to do something you love! maybe one day ill take a leap of faith and leave corporate america 🙂

    • 89
      Jen February 13, 2012, 11:06 pm

      thank you lauren! it took me quite a while to identify exactly what it was that i wanted to do in order to make the leap into pursuing my passion but it’s been totally worth all of the work to get here!

  • 90
    natalie February 13, 2012, 7:17 pm

    this warms my heart!! congrats girl 🙂

    • 91
      Jen February 13, 2012, 10:54 pm

      thank you! 🙂

  • 92
    Lizz February 13, 2012, 7:23 pm

    Congrats, Jen! That is such exciting news- I’m so happy for you!

    • 93
      Jen February 13, 2012, 11:07 pm

      thanks lizz!

  • 94
    Courtney @ Fitness With A Fork February 13, 2012, 7:50 pm

    That’s awesome! Congratulations! Living the dream! 🙂

    • 95
      Jen February 13, 2012, 11:08 pm

      thanks courtney! 🙂

  • 96
    Anne February 13, 2012, 8:11 pm

    Wow, congratulations! Here’s to another exciting and successful year!

    • 97
      Jen February 13, 2012, 11:08 pm

      thank you anne! can’t wait to see where i am this time next year! 🙂

  • 98
    Nicole February 13, 2012, 8:32 pm

    That’s awesome, Jen. I love Metro—it is a really cool gym and I can see you fitting in perfectly! Plus, it’s directly above a wine, coffee, pizza, and chocolate stores–perfect! Will you still be teaching at your other places?

    • 99
      Jen February 13, 2012, 10:53 pm

      Um, the proximity to Yoforia will be a problem once warmer weather arrives. 😉

      I am trying to figure out what my teaching schedule will look like going forward. Will definitely have to give some up but will keep a few.

  • 100
    Sarah February 13, 2012, 8:41 pm

    Very cool- congrats to you! Seems like it will be a perfect fit for you! Enjoy!

    • 101
      Jen February 13, 2012, 11:07 pm

      thank you sarah!

  • 102
    Brittney @ Brittney Breathing February 13, 2012, 9:17 pm

    How exciting!!! I totally and utterly admire you for making that initial change to make your fitness career full time. I am hoping to eventually make a similar change and hope I can learn a thing (or two!) from you as you transition. Good luck!!!!!!

    • 103
      Jen February 13, 2012, 11:07 pm

      it’s taken a lot of work and dedication but it’s all been completely worthwhile. i am so happy with the direction that my career has taken.

  • 104
    Katie February 13, 2012, 11:16 pm

    So exciting! Congrats! I happen to be looking for a gym in Charlotte so I will come check it out this week. Hope to see you soon!

  • 105
    Jenna February 13, 2012, 11:50 pm

    Congratulations!! This sounds like such a wonderful opportunity, and well deserved! You are my favorite blogger and I find you so inspiring. You emit such positive vibes through your writing even though it seems that you might be going through a hard time. We could all stand to learn a bit from you on how to live with grace, class, and a wonderful attitude while chasing our dreams. Sending over my best vibes and wishes to you.
    With love,
    Jenna

  • 106
    Amber February 14, 2012, 12:47 am

    Very cool news! Congrats!!

  • 107
    Kristin February 14, 2012, 5:54 am

    How exciting! I love seeing how all of your passion and drive over the last year has fallen in place!

  • 108
    Pure2raw Twins February 14, 2012, 10:10 am

    congrats Jen!!! how exciting. wishing you all the best!

  • 109
    Clara February 14, 2012, 10:59 am

    Jen- this is so amazing! It’s so wonderful to watch you go through this transition. It gives me hope for the recent risks i’ve taken in my career! Can’t wait to hear more about it. xoxo

  • 110
    Joy February 14, 2012, 5:22 pm

    I’ve been reading your blog for a long time now, mostly as a lurker, but I just just wanted to say congratulations. Your journey to full-time fitness-related work is so inspiring and I’m happy that you’re getting so many great opportunities.

    So congratulations and I hope the new job is everything you want it to be.

  • 111
    Lee February 14, 2012, 10:28 pm

    Congrats Jen! Sounds like a great opportunity!

    BTW – Can I just take a picture of Sullie from your blog for my golden retriever post? That’d work for me if it works for you.

  • 112
    Mary February 15, 2012, 12:54 am

    Congrats!! You never mention your cutie patootie husband any more..what gives?!

  • 113
    Kimberly @ Healthy Strides February 15, 2012, 4:23 pm

    A much belated congratulations! It’s amazing to see how you’ve transformed your career with hard work and faith. It’s very inspiring!

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