History of Fit180
Diane Froelick started Fit180 in 2008 as a small personal training business. While many of her clients were adults, her strong commitment to youth became a much larger part of her business. After the regular cross country season, many of her runners stayed on for a series of meets called the Junior Olympics. She wanted to include athletes from the other middle schools in the area, and Fit180 Athletics was born.
She also started an off season training/conditioning program called Runfit that not only was offered to runners, but any other middle school youth wanting to get or stay in shape. After the first year of the program in 2008, there were challenges in finding a venue for the program, but luckily that changed in the winter of 2012. The goal is to offer the program year round to reach youth who may not want to compete, but have a desire to be active and in shape.
One of her other goals was to offer a track and field program to middle school youth, and again finding a practice facility was a major challenge. It took 10 years to reach that goal, but finally in the spring of 2011 Union County had it’s first middle school track and field club which also competes under the name Fit180 Athletics. She found qualified coaches who were well versed in the track and field events, who also had the ability to work well with middle school athletes and serve as good role models. While the program is still in the developmental phases, these athletes will be much better prepared to compete in track and field when they reach the high school level.