MAD Fitness co-owner Sue Immerman shows client Sarah Kenney proper push up mechanics. Photo by Gabriela Acosta.
COMMUNITY • BY REBECCA GALLERY
The ongoing revitalization of Takoma Park is turning our sleepy corner of the metropolitan area into an increasingly popular destination for dining, shopping and exploration. The recently announced expansion of the Takoma Junction business district will bring two new businesses to life in formerly vacant storefronts.
MAD Fitness and Spring Mill Bread Co. are slated to open this fall at Takoma Junction, combining healthy living and healthy eating on the corner of Carroll and Grant Avenues.
MAD Fitness is a family- owned fitness center. It offers, the owners say, fun and targeted workouts in a supportive and welcoming environment for all fitness levels. They held classes in Old Town’s Roda Movements space, but demand grew too high and they needed to find their own space.
Future location of Spring Mill Bread Co. on left, MAD Fitness Center on right. Photo by Bill Brown.
Classes will include weight training, sports-specific conditioning and pre/postnatal fitness in a small and semi-private setting.
MAD Fitness’ greatest assets are owners and Takoma Park natives, Sue Immerman and Eve Kenney, a powerhouse mother and daughter team. Both are certified National Academy of Sports Medicine personal trainers, with specialty certificates in training youth and seniors, integrated stretching, pre-and postnatal training, and Functional Movement Systems screening.
Sue has been a Takoma Park resident since 1975 and an ever present member of the fitness community known for her involvement in youth sports and Takoma Sports Camps for the past twenty years. Eve was raised in Takoma Park, went to school here and lives in the house where she was born.
Using a local park until MAD Fitness’s studio opens, co-ower Eve Kenny leads the dynamic warmup for class. Photo by Gabriela Acosta.
MAD Fitness has no machines in sight, no rep counts and no high-octane motivation from a stranger heading a class. Why? Because Sue and Eve tailor each workout for individual lifestyle and fitness goals keeping clients functionally fit through the use of sand bells, kettle bells, TRX suspension training and more; each contributing to gains in strength, balance, mobility and general fitness.
Sue said “Functional fitness has a different definition for everyone; it means that we prepare you for the movement that pertains to your life. It might be helping a dad get back in shape to play with his kids, helping someone walk our hills without getting winded, hefting carry-on luggage into the overhead compartment on the plane, or shoveling snow when the next snowstorm comes around.”
Grand opening festivities will include many events including a ribbon cutting ceremony, open studio, games, contests, giveaways, free consultations as well as free Starting Point Sessions. The Grand Opening day will soon be announced.
MAD Fitness students Dave Leckrone and Allison Rubin doing a partner run through agility rings.
With the welcome addition of MAD Fitness, Takoma Park will now have a little extra wiggle room in the waistline for the indulgent savories in life, homemade treats by Spring Mill Bread Co.
With popular eateries acquired in Bethesda, Capitol Hill, Rockville and Gaithersburg; Spring Mill Bread Co. has charmed the DC area since 1993 by providing a wide range of healthy and hand crafted gourmet breads, soups, sandwiches and sweet treats.
Soon to be a bakery/cafe. Photo by Bill Brown.
Although Spring Mill Bread Co. will be a new addition to Takoma Junction, they nurtured a deep involvement with the TPSS Food Market, bringing natural and healthy breads to Takoma Park for the past twenty years.
Spring Mill Bread Co. will be offering full menu options for eat-in or carry-out. It will have indoor and outdoor cafe-style seating options. One last thing worth being excited about? The scent of freshly baked breads that surely will be wafting down Carroll Avenue for the morning commute.
The Grant Avenue side of Spring Mill Bread Co. Photo by Bill Brown.