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Khari Dickey, physical trainer and owner of Konnected Fitness

We’re approaching the point of the year when many people drop their fitness resolution commitments. For some, it’s a resolution to kick-start their weight loss journey, while for others, it’s motivation to make healthier lifestyle adjustments.

Fitness and wellness coach Khari Dickey can help with both.

“A healthy lifestyle is going to lead you to have some type of behavioral change, and by changing your mindset and the way you think about things, that’s how you can see the changes you’d like to see, physically,” says Dicky.

On Saturday February 26, Dickey will have a grand opening for Connected-Fitnessthe fitness and wellness business she started after quitting her corporate fitness job in May 2020. The Albion native, who has a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology from Wayne State and a master’s degree in exercise and sports medicine of western Michigan, decided to go out on her own after realizing she wanted to incorporate more community involvement into her work.

“I reached a point in my career in corporate fitness where I wanted to do more, and I knew I had the ability to do more to impact the community,” says Dickey. “I got involved with WeRun313 in 2019, and it started cultivating what was already there. I wanted to translate my fitness experience, so I could work with more people who looked like me.

After spending the past two years doing virtual, personal and outdoor workouts at Detroit’s Erma Henderson Park, Dickey will open the doors at 8001 Kercheval Ave., Suite 102, in Detroit this weekend.

“At Konnected Fitness, the training we do is more focused on increasing strength and endurance, improving movement, and improving overall quality of life,” says Dickey.

Dickey makes it clear that her goals for her clients aren’t just about fitting into Instagram’s fitness aesthetic, and says wellness isn’t just about how you look on the outside. She wants to create a space where people, especially people of color, can enjoy fitness and improve in a safe and comfortable environment.

“My main goal for the next year is to continue cultivating a space where people feel they can connect with their best selves through fitness,” says Dickey. “Just spread the positivity and leave that space for people who have specific goals and people who are looking for a place where they feel comfortable achieving their goals.”

The Konnected Fitness grand opening will take place this Saturday from 1-6 p.m.
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