What makes 5280Fit stand out?
Locally owned and operated by Sonja Steward and her daughter, Haelin. Sonja started the business in 2000 to help mom’s get their “before babies” body back because that is what fitness did for her!
Sonja built her business from “scratch”! She knows that God’s purpose for her is to use her spirit and fitness experiences to help others Find their FIT!
The 5280Fit instructor team has been mainly built from within her membership organization. She believes that in order to help others, you first have to fight the good fight for yourself first before you can help others down the same path! Each team member is trained by Sonja, Haelin and their staff of master trainers.
Very rarely (if ever) will you repeat a workout at 5280Fit! Our team of instructors have the flexibility to design their own workouts with the clients needs in mind (not theirs)!! Unlike most group fitness classes which are choreographed and repeated over and over again… 5280Fit, does not want you on “autopilot” when you are working out. We want you present in your workout! Our team not only challenges you physically, but mentally as well. We push you to connect your mind with your muscles to get the best overall results from your workout!
We look forward to meeting you! Come Find YOUR FIT at 5280Fit!
Hello, my name is Sonja and I have two amazing girls who grew up in the gym with me! Morghan, attending CSU with dreams of owning her own event planning company; and Haelin who is now my partner.
Many people don’t know this about me, but I grew up in a farming community. I learned at a very young age that you work until the work is done, you never give up, and you persevere to achieve dreams. Over the last 18 years in the fitness industry, I’ve built my business from a passion to help others as I was once helped after having children. As mothers, we give all we have to our children and forget about ourselves! Before kids, I was always active, but never dedicated to working out on a regular basis. I was a size 8 until I had kids. Then the 8 became a 12 and nothing was working to get back down to my “skinny jeans” until I found Tae Bo®! It took some time, but I have consistently remained a size 4 because of my love for fitness.
For 15 years, I trained with Tae Bo® Master Billy Blanks and his daughter Shellie. I can never thank them enough for not only teaching me about physical fitness, but also spiritual fitness! I’ve been in several Tae Bo® videos over the years, built a team of certified instructors and became a Master Elite trainer for Billy.
My goal has always been to provide a handful of the best group fitness programs under one roof! In 2016, I created a new program: Gateway to Group Fitness to help those that want to get healthy and fit but are not comfortable walking into a gym or group fitness class. I’m really enjoying seeing clients progress from our gateway program to group fitness classes! Currently, I became a Certified Functional Aging Specialist and we are currently launching a new program called Forever FIT! 5280Fit will be working with baby boomers in order to keep them active throughout retirement. Haelin & I have a goal to have 4 locations by 2020. We are currently super excited to be opening our second location in Windsor CO.
Hey! My name is Haelin Steward and I am a Colorado native, born and raised in Littleton. I grew up playing sports year round and being outside as much as possible!
I also had the pleasure of growing up in my mother’s gym when she started it in 2000 (I was 5 years old!) and I have seen what fitness can do to drastically change lives! I grew that same LOVE and PASSION for helping others through their fitness journey, so I went on to attain my Bachelors in Exercise Science and a personal training certificate at Colorado Mesa University.
While still in high school in 2013, I was first certified in Tae Bo and have been teaching group exercise classes at 5280Fit and Colorado Mesa University ever since!
I am looking forward to working and sweating with you!!
I have been working out at 5280Fit since I moved here in 2009. 5280Fit was the only gym that I could find that offered a variety of challenging group fitness classes and it was important to me to find a gym where I could feel “at home” and be myself. Physical fitness has always been a part of my life in various ways…from ice skating lessons and tap and ballet dancing as a child, cheerleading in high school, and even jazz dancing as an adult. Yes, that’s right! ☺
When the opportunity came about to become a fitness instructor at 5280Fit, I jumped at the chance, as I wanted to start sharing my passion with others and help people through their journey, whatever that may be! I love designing and teaching workouts that challenge your body, mind, health, and overall spirit. I love seeing the changes that a healthier lifestyle brings about in people. Clients will tell me that their energy level is higher, that they have improved muscle tone, or that pain that they once had has gone away.
I hope you will join me in making physical fitness and well-being part of your journey and your life. Let’s see what great things can happen!
Working out is not everyone’s passion like it is mine, so my goal for every class is to make people smile, laugh and have a good time. That is the type of culture you find at 5280fit. We are a community of people there to support each other, make the changes we want and to work our behind off…literally and figuratively. I look forward to seeing you in one of my classes!
After I graduated from I relocated to Colorado. Within 5 years of graduating, I had gained over 75 pounds. I tried every diet pill, cleanse, fad diet and “quick fix” option out there. I had been bouncing around between gyms, never finding the right fit or workout for me until I found a Groupon for 5280Fit in January 2012. Once I started at 5280Fit, I felt at home and haven’t looked back. I fell in love with the workouts and loved how the instructors pushed me past what I thought I could physically do. I love the community feel of 5280Fit, and love to see the members encourage one another, it truly is a family atmosphere. It wasn’t until I found 5280Fit I realized that there is no easy weight loss trick or plan, it takes hard work, clean eating and dedication. I am happy to say that since joining, I am down 65 pounds and still working on improving myself.
I was asked if I would be interested in teaching in January 2017. I am excited and honored to join the excellent group of instructors at 5280Fit. The reason I enjoy teaching is nothing makes me happier than being red-faced after a great workout and seeing changes in not only my own body but member’s bodies as well. I have been there, I know how hard it is, and want to help others through achieve their goals!
Progress is more than the number on the scale, it is how you feel, how your clothes fit, how much stronger and how much more endurance you have than when you first started. From my experience at 5280Fit, it is much more than a workout, it’s a place where the whole being is served, from nutritional advice to meeting new friends, it is truly a family atmosphere.
I started at 5280fit in 2009 after my third child was born and so surprised the weight came off really fast. I taught elementary school for 13 years and just stopped teaching when my 3rd was born. I have done 1/2 marathons, Triathlon sprints, and have done all kinds of exercise. Even during training for other things my friends asked how I had so much endurance and it was because I still went to 5280fit while training. It helps me when I am on the mountain snowboarding or hiking too.
When I was pregnant with my 4th child I went to classes up until the 7th month(modified of course) and it helped me through the pregnancy and melt the pounds off after. Then became an instructor in 2014 and love every minute of it.
Every one of my classes is different and everyone instructor is different. Some are easier than others but in all it’s just all about being healthy. The more you move and use your brain the more health benefits you will have. Every class is an accomplishment and you will be so proud of yourself! You just have to walk through the door and see.
I love 5280fit because it’s not like the big huge gyms. We are a family here and people of different sizes, shapes and ages! You will not feel intimidated walking in because it’s so inviting. Come join and see and I bet you won’t leave like me.
I started my journey to becoming a fitness instructor by becoming Fitbarre certified in the summer 2014. I also became certified as a personal trainer at the same time. I am also TRX and Strengthology certified. I also use my background in personal training to help members in our Gateway to group fitness program. In 2018, I was able to start training other instructors in a combination of TRX and Fitbarre called TRX Fitbarre. I can’t wait to meet new faces and start on our fitness journey together.
I am so excited to be teaching Kickology, Strengthology, Boxology, TRX and my favorite Mixology classes at 5280Fit! I also lead small groups in our Gateway to Group Fitness Program! I have always enjoyed group fitness classes, especially ones that make me work my body AND my mind. I joined my first Mom’s Challenge at 5280Fit in September 2014 and I was instantly hooked. The energy was AMAZING and I absolutely loved the challenging choreography by all the instructors. In Nov 2014 a certification class opened and I jumped right in! I love the feeling I get after a workout and hope you will feel the same way after taking one of my classes! I can’t wait to see you at the gym!