PRINCETON — Brandi Dye recently opened She Shapers, a women’s fitness center at 925 N. Main St. in Princeton.
Dye, who formerly worked for 12 years as a certified nursing assistant before hurting her back, wanted to find something to do because she couldn’t lift or do that type of work anymore.
She had been babysitting the past several years prior to finding out that the former Curves business was for sale. Dye heard about the business closing the end of October and decided to buy it and keep the doors open within a week of it closing.
“Health is big for me,” she said. “I need to lose weight myself that I have gained in the last year. If I lose some weight, it may help my back and deal with other health issues I have.”
When Dye bought Curves in Princeton, she was able to keep the same machines that had been in the fitness center for her to use in She Shapers.
“We aren’t a franchise,” she said. “We are a family owned and operated women’s fitness center.”
Dye indicated that some women meet at She Shapers to work out together and to relieve stress from their jobs. “After they come here after work and work out, they leave here smiling,” she said.
“We have ladies in their 70s and 80s that come here. We may have to help them get in and out of the machines. It is not hard to learn how to operate them,” she added. “Older women want to keep healthy and strong, not just lose weight.”
Dye said members who come to She Shapers can choose to be measured or weighed, but it is not a requirement for membership. They also can choose to do the whole circuit of machines or certain machines at their own pace.
Dye said there is no sign-on fee to join She Shapers. She offers monthly rates or punch cards.
She Shapers is open Monday through Friday from 5 a.m. to 6 p.m. People wanting more information about the business can call her at 815-872-2998, look at her Facebook presence, or stop in.
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