New in Ellicott City, Miss Fit women's gym turns exercise into an an event

For Theresa Franey, belting out some of her favorite alternative rock and pop songs makes her cycling class at Miss Fit, a women’s gym on Ellicott City’s Main Street, a little easier to navigate.

“The music is incredibly motivating,” says Franey, 59, of Catonsville. “Every track just gets you moving and keeps you going.”

In this class, called Spin Beats, the instructor is more like a DJ on wheels, selecting chart-topping hits that help you increase your heart rate and “redefine” your lower body while you sing along.

Miss Fit’s owner, Shelley Sharkey, teaches Spin Beats, as well as other classes in the gym’s repertoire of a dozen group fitness offerings.

“The class is high-energy, and we think that it really helps to make exercise more fun and less work,” Sharkey says. “Also, our new spin room is beautiful. It has exposed brick, original hardwoods and windows overlooking Main Street.”

Shelley opened Miss Fit four years ago on U.S. 40 in Catonsville and made the move to Main Street Ellicott City in mid-July. Miss Fit took over the Caplan’s building, which had housed the boutique Sweet Elizabeth Jane until it was destroyed, along with much of Main Street, in the 2016 flood. (Sweet Elizabeth Jane relocated up the street.)

“I was really heartbroken along with the entire community,” Sharkey says of the flood. “At the time I wasn’t even thinking about moving my location, let alone moving here, but it’s been absolutely incredible. We’re surrounded by these business owners who are relentless and inspiring.”

Franey has been a member of Miss Fit since before its move and goes to classes there around six days a week. She says the new location has made working out an event instead of a chore.

“I used to ride by Main Street a lot, but I never really had the chance to come out and walk around and go to all of the stores,” Franey says. “Now, after Saturday morning class, we go at 7 a.m. and don’t get home until the afternoon. We go shopping and have some lunch and make a whole day out of it.”

Sharkey says keeping customers in the area was a hope of hers when she decided to make the move.

“Bringing repeat customers to the street was something I visualized as a way to give back after the flood,” she says. “We’re already hearing that our customers are saying that they love stopping at the popcorn shop or the toy store after working out. I’m excited to watch us grow and seeing the area thrive.”

If you go

Spin Beats at Miss Fit

Mondays at 7 p.m., Wednesdays at 5:30 p.m., Thursdays at 4:30 p.m. and Fridays at 10:30 a.m.

8125 Main St., Ellicott City


$15 per class or $129 for 10 classes. Call or visit the website for membership options.

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