Women's fitness center finds new home

Camp MissFits, now in Woodlawn, focuses on mind, body, spirit

David Gilbert
dgilbert@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 1/20/20

From humble beginnings, Camp MissFits is reaching new heights. The women's fitness center, founded in 2006 by Priscilla Freed, started out meeting in public parks. After years in a cramped studio …

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Women's fitness center finds new home

Camp MissFits, now in Woodlawn, focuses on mind, body, spirit

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From humble beginnings, Camp MissFits is reaching new heights.

The women's fitness center, founded in 2006 by Priscilla Freed, started out meeting in public parks. After years in a cramped studio near downtown Littleton, the center started 2020 in a sprawling new space in the Woodlawn Shopping Center at Littleton Boulevard and Windermere Street.

The new space means a lot for the center's clients, who live up to the name “MissFits,” Freed said.

“We're not about hotties in booty shorts and full makeup,” Freed said. “We're ladies of all shapes and sizes, and MissFits is a home away from home for a lot of them. This is our place.”

Freed focuses on a holistic approach to women's fitness, she said, meaning it's not just about losing weight, but also working on a client's mindset and relationships.

“If you're stressed about money, do you want to eat a salad, or do you want wine and chocolate?” Freed said. “Your mental state has a trickle-down effect on your health, and on those around you. It's all tied together.”

The approach made all the difference to Svetlana Merten, who said she's slimmed down from a size 14 to a size 2 since starting at Camp MissFits in early 2018.

“I realized I couldn't do it myself,” Merten said. “I needed somebody strong to keep pushing me.”

Merten, a native of Belarus, said the American lifestyle makes it tough to stay in shape.

“The food here has more preservatives,” she said. “You have to drive everywhere. Here, you have to make time to maintain your health. Priscilla gives me a place to do that.”

The new facility is a reflection of Camp MissFits' positive, accepting atmosphere, said trainer Jess Gerard, who's been with the company since the park days.

“The thing we hear the most is that women aren't judged here,” Gerard said. “This space shows that we're reaching people, and that we can lift each other up. We've got freedom. We've got a home.”

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