Finding Fitness in a New Community

By: Ayla Ferrone

I’ve been in the Greenville area for a few months now, and one of the main reasons we chose this area is because of the fitness community. There are so many awesome workout spots and the Swamp Rabbit Trail totally feeds my running habit. But as much as I love running, it can be a bit lonely, and starting out in a new town not knowing how you’ll make friends isn’t easy. That’s why I take every minute I get to brag on an amazing organization called SweatNET.

If you follow me on Instagram you’ve probably heard all about how much I love SweatNET and the people behind it. Let me take this as a moment to say this is not an ad, i just really love this group. If you don’t know, SweatNET is a fitness community that you pay less than $10 a month to be a part of. In return, you get to go to a handful of fitness events all over the area totally for FREE.

Melissa Heil is the owner of SweatNET Greenville. She launched the local branch of the organization in June of 2019 as a way to spend time with friends, make new connections, and try out new gyms, studios, instructors and more. On top of that, SweatNET partners with other local spots like juice bars, fitness apparel shops, and other wellness businesses.

SweatNET was founded in Charlotte, NC by two women who saw there was a gap between the general public and the fitness community. The organization was meant to bridge that gap and break down anything that might seem intimidating about trying a new workout.

Let me be the first to tell you, it works! I discovered SweatNET at a wonderful event called NessFest just a couple of months after I moved to Greenville. Since then, I’ve been to dozens of events at places I would have never gone to alone. I’ve also made some new friends that are so fun to sweat it out with, and dragged along my current friends to try it out.

From doing yoga at wineries with noise cancelling headphones, to trying out a boot camp exercise, and even pole dancing, SweatNET allows you to experience it all! At a really reasonable price, it gives me easy and fun opportunities to try out some other activities that make good cross-training options to my running. And not every event they host is my favorite, but the inexpensive price and rotating schedule means I never have to commit to one type of activity before trying it out.

If you’re in the Greenville area and want to try out SweatNET head to the link here and use my code AYLA10 for a discount on your first month!

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