Today we’d like to introduce you to Beth Templin.
Hi Beth, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
After years of working in healthcare and seeing huge gaps in how care was being delivered to aging adults, I wanted to find a way to serve them better. In 2017, I created HouseFit, a physical therapy clinic specializing in helping people 55+ to stay active and independent.
I started out as a solo practitioner, running the business out of my basement and wearing all of the different hats in the business. Today we occupy a 5,000 sq ft gym space and have a team of 10 staff members helping to deliver this new concept to the St. Louis area.
Can you talk to us a bit about the challenges and lessons you’ve learned along the way. Looking back would you say it’s been easy or smooth in retrospect?
Overall, I have been successful in building my business into what it is today, but it has been a journey of ups and downs along the way.
When I decided to start my own business, there was no one else out there doing what I wanted to do. I didn’t have a clear roadmap of where to start or what to do. I didn’t know if what I wanted to create was even possible. I had to take a leap of faith that my idea would work.
When I wanted to expand my business from a mobile physical therapy clinic to adding a physical location, the first bank I went to turned me down for an SBA Loan because I hadn’t been in business long enough. I had to find another lender that would qualify me for the loan. Luckily, one of my patients recommended a bank that was able to work with me.
We are on the forefront of creating new programs to help aging adults stay active and independent while aging. Some of our ideas have gone better than others. We are constantly learning and improving what we do. Every failure teaches us something new.
Right before COVID hit in March 2020, my business had its best week ever, then we had to close. It was devastating. Learning how to pivot my business and switch into survival mode was a huge challenge, but we did it. Now I have all of my staff back +2 more due to continued growth.
Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
At HouseFit, we are passionate about assisting people 55 and older and those living with Parkinson’s Disease to be proactive about maintaining their lifestyle and fitness levels so they can remain active and independent throughout their lives. We offer traditional Physical Therapy services at our South County location and we also have a Mobile Team that will travel to work with our clients throughout the St. Louis area.
Beyond that, we offer fitness options to help people improve their fitness levels and stay active and independent. We truly believe that age is just a number and that fitness is achievable at any age. It doesn’t’ matter if you’ve never exercised before or if you have multiple medical issues. We are here to help you.
Our specialty is working with people who are medically complex or have not had success with some of the big box gyms due to not feeling welcomed or understood. All of our fitness classes are created and taught by our Physical Therapists. This means we can easily modify activities to accommodate for client’s aches and pains or physical limitations.
Everything about our business is created to serve our seniors better. We have a large flat parking lot, which creates easy access to our facility. We have handicapped accessible restrooms that allow for caregivers as needed. And we play 60’s music all day long. It’s a happy and joyful place to be.
The thing that makes me most proud is when someone new comes in and tells us we are exactly what they have been looking for.
Can you tell us more about what you were like growing up?
Growing up, I thought I was going to be a nurse. My mom is a nurse and growing up she always knew how to take care of us. When my grandma got sick, I saw her be an advocate for her and I wanted to be able to do that for my family. I started out as a nursing major and then passed out when I had to give my first shot, so ultimately decided that nursing was not for me. I knew that I wanted to stay in the health care field and found physical therapy to be a good fit for me.
I’ve always been outgoing and active. I played soccer in high school and ended up meeting my husband on a soccer field while in grad school at WashU. Eventually, I gave up soccer and transitioned into running, working my way up to ½ marathons and competing in triathlons, completing a ½ Ironman. Now that I am busier running my business, I don’t have as much time to exercise but fit in boxing workout at Title boxing three mornings a week. I try to prioritize exercise in my life. I always feel stronger when I do and that feeling doesn’t go away with aging.
- Fitness Classes – $100/month
- Small Group – $50/session
- Private Training – $105+/session
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Website: https://www.housefitstl.com/
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/housefitstl/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/housefitstl
- Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCschju6c18P-VEyCNDhjBAg/featured