Indiana Township gym owner working to build wellness
Tribe 412 Fitness owner Rory Lazear is lending a hand to make sure the Spin Your Wheels fundraiser in Aspinwall has its namesake activity.
She plans to transport 14 stationary spinning bikes from her Fox Chapel Road gym to Aspinwall’s riverside on April 6.
Lazear has been on board with the annual fundraiser since it changed from a golf outing to fitness event six years go.
“We care so much because it’s most important to me that we build a wellness community,” said Lazear, a lifelong resident of Fox Chapel.
She named her studio Tribe 412 Fitness because of her dedication to the area.
“We’re a tribe,” she said. “Our space is incredibly judgment-free. Everyone (should be) comfortable. It doesn’t matter what level of fitness you are.”
The entrepreneur’s philosophy aligns with that of Spin Your Wheels organizers Jennifer Evashavik and Katherine Hook.
The fundraiser for Riding for the Handicapped in Western PA will take over Aspinwall Riverfront Park with a bevy of exercise classes and activities that run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
There will be Zumba, yoga, HIIT (high intensity interval training) and Power Fusion. And, of course, multiple sessions of spinning.
Lazear believes that exercising is successful when an activity is modified for each person’s mind and body.
She earned a bachelor’s degree in nutrition from Bradley University and a certification in personal training from the National Academy of Sports Medicine before opening her first gym more than eight years ago.
Tribe 412 opened just over a year ago and is a place to learn stress management, confidence and the “awesome hormones” that exercise delivers, Lazear said.
As a wife and mother, she knows the importance of finding an inner balance but said it’s not selfish to take time to work out.
“Everybody in the room had a day one,” she said. “Just come in and get started.”