Matthew & Hannah Forster
We are Pick It Up Fitness.
Why is our gym is called Pick It Up?
So glad you asked! 🙂
One day Matt came across a penny that was very old and very rusted. He picked it up and put it in his pocket because no matter how ugly and scraped up the penny was, it still had value.
That penny burned a hole in his pocket and heart. It became a tangible reminder that no matter what had happened in the past, no matter what scars he may bare or how broken he may feel, he still holds immense value and is worthy of love.
One ordinary moment of picking up a penny, began a domino effect of extraordinary events.
Weeks later, Matt and I got together to decide on a name for our gym. Nothing we thought of had felt right thus far. We kept circling back to how this business was a ginormous leap of faith for us. Which led us both to thinking about that old rusty penny.
Our vision and hope for our business was that it would be a vessel, a platform for us to not only share our passion for health and fitness but to reveal in others their strength, their tenacity and ultimately their value.
We couldn’t get the penny out of our minds. All Matt had to do was pick it up for his life to be changed.
Then finally we had it, Pick It Up.
Everyone who walks through our doors comes in with a different story. Our hope and our mission is to remind every single person of how powerful, loved and valued they are.
Sometimes it takes ordinary moments, like picking up a penny or working out, for your life to be changed.
I’VE BEEN WORKING IN THE FITNESS/ATHLETICS WORLD SINCE 2011. I WORKED AS A COLLEGE BASKETBALL COACH FOR 8 YEARS BEFORE I MOVED INTO MY CURRENT POSITION AS ASSISTANT DIRECTOR OF THE FITNESS CENTER AT COLORADO COLLEGE IN EARLY 2019.
WHILE COACHING BASKETBALL, I WORKED AS A STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING COACH, PERSONAL TRAINER, AND GROUP FITNESS INSTRUCTOR AT A VARIETY OF GYMS AND COLLEGES. WHAT I LOVE ABOUT COACHING IS SEEING PEOPLE WORK HARD AND IMPROVE EACH WEEK.
WHAT I LOVE ABOUT THE PIU COMMUNITY IS HOW WELCOMING AND KIND EVERYONE IS. STARTING OUT AS A MEMBER WHO WORKED OUT AT PIU, THE COACHES AND EVERYONE IN CLASS MADE ME FEEL COMFORTABLE FROM DAY ONE.
B.S. Exercise Science – University of Kansas
M.Ed. Physical Education/Strength & Conditioning – University of Houston
NSCA – Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist
NSCA – Certified Personal Trainer
CrossFit Level 1 Trainer
USA Weightlifting – Level 1