Meet Sam Kennedy and Mary Peters, co-owners of local gym H2K Fitness

Meet two owners of Frisco’s newest gym.

Sam Kennedy and Mary Peters are two of the four co-owners behind H2K Fitness, a gym that celebrated its grand opening on Dec. 4.

H2K Fitness, which stands for Hard To Kill, is a boutique studio-style gym offering Pilates, strength training, infrared head training and more.

Kennedy and Peters sat together Community impact for an interview about their new gym and the studio gym trend in the fitness community. Some answers have been edited for length and clarity.

What inspired you to bring H2K Fitness to Frisco?

Peters: We are the only gym of its kind [in Frisco]. There is nothing else like it that offers the three types of classes we offer. We love this area. The reason why we thought Frisco was such a good area is fair [because] that’s where we are. … We had no attachment to [anywhere else]. … We live in Frisco, our kids go to schools in Frisco. We have been here for a long time.

How do you compare to other local gyms?

Kennedy: What’s great…what we’re building here at H2K is that gyms are always intimidating. … [Someone will] I enter… [they] i don’t know anyone which is cool [H2K] well … they get so excited when someone new comes in and they just sweep them in, they’re like, “Okay, now you’re family, you’re here, you’re ours,” and they help them, and they challenge them. They bump into them; they’re like, “Okay, I’ll see you here this time.” So it’s not just… the instructor or we ask the person to come back and continue. These are the members themselves. … [Someone will] come in and … just feel welcome and comfortable. And that’s one big thing that was important to me because it’s intimidating, especially if you’re starting your fitness journey.

Did Frisco make a good market to open a gym?

Peters: We’re all local. My husband and I have lived in the Frisco area since 2005. And we love it here. … Our kids go to school here, we love everything Frisco has to offer, and it’s been so nice to be in this downtown area. … We’re in the middle of everything and we’ve gotten to know our neighbors and … everyone just has something so unique to offer this downtown. It was really great.

What makes studio gyms so popular?

Kennedy: If you’re trying to target something or you’re really focused on … your physique and … how you feel, it’s really hard to achieve that by just going to the gym by yourself because, I’m not going to lie, I probably would walked into the gym, got on the treadmill and said to myself, “I’m bored.” … I need the class. So if you’re a guy who can go in and … program your own stuff, it’s probably great, but if you’re a guy who needs a program … it’s pretty boring.

Peters: People who want to come to studio gyms … want to feel part of a community. … If you go to a … gym, then you just go, put your headphones on and do it for an hour. Nobody’s going to come in here with their headphones on because everyone’s chatting with “How was your weekend, what did you do last night” or … stuff like that.

How about studio gyms that foster community?

Kennedy: When someone walks in the door, we’ll meet them and then learn their name. And not just us, but also our reception team and our instructors. So when [someone] come to class, we’ll find out [them]. … We usually have a 6am group that always practices at 6am or an 8am group always practices at 8am and then [they] there is a place in the room where [they] it usually works out like this [they] get to know [their] neighbors and it’s really just the community. … Once you’re here every day and you see these same people, then it’s like, ‘Hey, do you want to go get a cup of coffee or meet for dinner?’ … It’s not just in the studio, there are friendships that are important because of the studio that are now outside [of the gym].

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