Spinning Fitness To A Level Of Grace And Grit

There’s a merge happening which may put
a new spin into the fitness routine of many in the tri-city area. Earlier this
month, fitness coach Kaycee Moeckel and spin instructor/business owner
Stephanie Western joined forces.

Western first opened Surge Cycling
Studio in the fall of 2018. Earlier this fall she approached Moeckel with a
proposition. Motivated by her ability to lead a class as well as her passion
and energy, Western offered Moeckel the opportunity to join her as a spin

Moeckel shared while she was flattered
by the proposition, it was not one which spoke to her heart. While she loved
Western’s energy and the way she worked with her classes the fitness coach saw
herself more as a student than a teacher.

The proposition, however, was not
without purpose and reason, as Moeckel found herself without work in an
industry she’s long loved in early October. With a husband out of work, while caring
for his father and a six-month-old baby on her hip, the fun loving coach found
herself fighting off depression.

“After my week of great depression, I
put my big girl panties on and I moved forward and it started small,” Moeckel
said of her resurrection and the beginning of her business Grace and Grit.

“Pretty much explains my situation,” she
said of her life currently. “2019, the only great thing that came out of it was
the birth of my son. Everything else was horrible … on top of, on top of, on
top of. That’s where the grit comes in. It doesn’t get to define me. Life
circumstances are going to come and go. It doesn’t get to define who I am or
how I handle things.”

Moeckel spent four years of her life
coaching clients from the Oakdale, Riverbank and Escalon areas in a boot camp
environment. An environment which she first entered into as a client and had
such a passion for she was offered a job. In early October the doors closed and
the job ended, but her clients remained, many offering to hire her for personal
training, while others offered to invest in her as a business venture.

“They see something in me. Just as I saw
something in them and I love them for that,” the coach said. “We didn’t just
create a gym, we created a family. I want to open that opportunity to those
people that are out there afraid, in letting life determine their path.”

The fitness enthusiast, with a passion
for people shared personally speaking she’s aware some might raise an eyebrow
at first meeting. Since the birth of her son, she too has struggled with
returning to her once fit body. The process now a bit different and more
challenging than it once was before and she’s okay with that.

“Now I get to look at my clientele in a
whole different light,” she said. “The struggle is real. It’s not coming easy
right now. It’s a new learning experience. The grace part of it comes from the
fact of being kind to myself in the process and to others.”

In the interim between relocating and
opening Grace and Grit at the current Surge Cycle Studio at 122 N. Sierra,
Oakdale, Moeckel set up shop in a home gym of a client who generously offered
the space until something else came through. A transition spot she shared she
was grateful for, yet was thrilled when Western approached her a second time
and offered to share the space with her.

The two businesses will now operate
under one roof, offering two services for one flat fee. Three days a week
clients can pump iron and strength train with Moeckel and the other three get their
cardio up spinning with Western. A monthly fee of $100 offers clients unlimited
access. There’s also a drop in fee, as well as a punch card for those
interested in limited visits.

“You literally get everything and your
body is going to respond in ways, most bodies … our bodies haven’t worked out
like this before,” Moeckel said of merging the two workout opportunities.

“My motto has always been and always
will be, that I’m going to give you the best 45 minutes of your day. That
doesn’t include my stuff,” the coach said. “That’s always what I’ve been true

As she looks to the new space and
partnership, the coach shared she’s excited not just for the business opportunity
but the ability to continue to touch lives. While some clients have stayed with
her through the changes, others have found new paths and for her … that’s okay.

“Go embrace other people’s worlds too,”
she said of her words to clients. “The best part about what I do and the reason
why I love what I do, is because it’s like doing crafts with glitter. You can’t
just get the glitter on the craft, you get it everywhere else too and you find
it forever.

“If they don’t come back to me that’s
okay, because they’re touching lives,” she continued. “Spread my sparkle.”

“If I was only doing this for the money,
I’d be personal training,” she stated.

Grace and Grit and Surge Cycle Studio
are open six days a week. For additional information visit their Facebook page
or call (209) 272-6802.

“Right now I have an option to touch
lives,” Moeckel added. “That’s why I’m doing what I do. I want to be the best
part of somebody’s day.”

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