What comes to mind when you think of a gym? Is it bulging biceps, wrenching pain, or maybe an excuse to consume more calories? Going to the gym may give you a dream physique, sore muscles, or justification eating sweets, but Brick House Strength offers more than just a physical workout.
“We are a grass roots women's fitness movement,” owners Melissa Stanfill and Natalia Santiago affirms. “Our mission is to help all women build stronger foundations, brick by brick.”
Stanfill and Santiago built Brick House as a women’s gym that offers the opportunity to build a healthy lifestyle and break the stereotype that women are fragile and small. Stanfill calls herself a “mom on a mission,” and she encourages women to treat their jobs as mothers with care by getting active and educated themselves on nutrition.
“Natalia and I started Brick House with an ideal that women need to know that their health (physical and mental) must come first if they want to be the best versions of themselves for their families, and to make an impact on the rest of the world,” Stanfill explains.
Kids are welcome to come play and witness their moms work hard, grow stronger, and definitely sweat it out. Children watch your every move; mimicry happens in the best, and sometimes worst, ways. Why not present your kids with a powerful, healthy way of living to imitate?
While it is clear that Stanfill and Santiago train their clients to reach their physical goals through workouts and nutrition plans tailored to the individual, they have also created a community and support system that allows women to grow mentally and relationally strong as well.
“This isn’t just a gym or just a workout; this is a sisterhood, and we all must stick together, support each other, and be empowering,” Santiago explains.
The workouts include functional fitness, powerlifting, bodybuilding, strongman, and Strengthen and Stretch by Natalia. One-on-one nutrition and fitness coaching can be arranged to set participants up to meet their goals. And no matter how the structure of their workouts change over time, Stanfill and Santiago are sure to keep it all fresh and upbeat.
Whether you’re a mom on a mission, struggling with a few pounds you want to shed, or just looking for a community that will push you to grow in all areas of strength, Brick House has the tools for you.
Allison Pique is from Louisville, Kentucky, and moved to Jackson in the summer of 2017. She is a happily married accountant, animal lover, and artist.
Photography provided by Brick House Strength.