Committed to providing a superior indoor cycling experience, co-founders Jocelyn DeMaio and Neil Parisi opened Empowered Studio, LLC. in Glastonbury, CT, December,2016.
Their goal was to create a community based on health, wellness and balance, and to serve all cyclist levels. Therefore, they developed the Empowered experience utilizing the most cutting edge performance technology, to deliver a complete, high intensity experience, that is safe, effective and FUN for everyone from the new exerciser to the elite athlete!
Recently recognized as “Best Fitness Studio/Gym” (CT Magazine), and “Best Specialized Fitness Studio”(Hartford Readers’ Poll,CTNOW), DeMaio and Parisi have since begun renovations to expand their Glastonbury location to offer additional fitness options. Scroll down to learn the story behind the motivation and passion that drives Empowered!
The Empowered Story
Jocelyn DeMaio, and Neil Parisi
What has been your physical fitness motivation?
Jocelyn: I survived two serious life-threatening illnesses: Hemolytic Anemia (a rare blood disease) as a baby, and contracted Viral Encephalitis at age 8, which caused me to slip into a coma for several days. Both times, I was read my last rights and my parents were told to say their goodbyes. Pulling through these experiences gave me an ‘anything is possible’ attitude and led to an immense passion for physical fitness. As a result, I continue to make health a priority, and I have a desire to help others do so as well!
Neil: I was very active growing up, playing ice-hockey, soccer, karate and high-school football. During junior year, I suffered a back injury leading to three major surgeries over the next four years, which forced me to give up all contact sports. Once given the green light to exercise, I had to stick to low-impact activities, but found I really missed the group camaraderie of sports participation.
What led you to Indoor Cycling?
Jocelyn: I played sports all through high school and college, which led to a love for weight training and group exercise. I tried Spinning® and within a year became a certified Spin® instructor at UCONN on-campus, eventually expanding to teach at more facilities. Helping people reach their goals is my passion, and I had always wanted to open my own studio and inspire others at all levels to be there best.
Neil: On the advice of my orthopedic surgeon I tried indoor cycling and I was hooked! It is such a great workout – high intensity but low impact, so I could workout hard without re-injuring myself. I enjoyed the motivation I got in class, and the community of the group felt like a team. In experiencing the energy and excitement of indoor cycling, the entrepreneur in me saw the potential for a viable business, with expansion opportunities.
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Great enthusiasm from all the staff. Love and what a great community of cyclists to ride with.
Great studio and wonderful owners! They are great small business collaborators too!