“Colin Brough and I have the same vision,” says Gayle Silver about the new personal training studio the pair opened recently in Carrboro called FIT on Main. Notes Brough, “We wanted to make it a little bit different than your average gym.” It starts with the physical space – a former railroad docking station. According to Silver, “It has this whole historic cool funky thing to it.”
“Train for life” is the company tagline. When Brough and Silver talk about it separately, they each deliver the same message. They are interested in individualizing workouts, making them fun, and improving the function of each client’s life.
Brough calls himself a “fitness nerd.” He appreciates thighs for their role as the foundation of the body. “It is where everything starts in terms of movement.” He adds, “Also just the sculpture of it I find really beautiful as well.”
Silver wants everyone to feel welcome and accepted no matter how they look. “Skinny doesn’t mean fit and skinny has nothing to do with health.” One of her hopes for FIT on Main is that it becomes a “funky little Carrboro spot” where fitness can become “a social community thing” for people. Personal training is “a healthy way to hang out” and she hopes small groups of friends will sign up and train together, making personal training more affordable and therefore more accessible.
Silver has two daughters, one named after a Bob Marley album, the other named after a Grateful Dead song. A lyric in that song is: Let your life proceed by its own design. Two prior spaces fell through before the current location became available and she and Brough were able to form their partnership. Silver can’t help but think that in its own way, Fit on Main proceeded by its own design. Silver and Brough invite the community to come check out their space (“funky and comfortable in the front and gym-y in the back”) at their grand opening on October 1 from noon until 4 pm.