Memphis welcomed its first Delta Life Fitness gym on January 20, thanks to Will and Courtney Segal who moved here two and a half years ago.
Delta Life provides an impressive new workout option for women with a focus on 30-minute high-intensity interval training. The first of its kind opened in Texas in 2009. The new Memphis location joins 25 other facilities sprinkled throughout California, Oregon, Arizona, and Florida.
“There’s nowhere else in Memphis that offers a 30-minute work out with supervised child care and is focused completely on women,” Courtney says.
“From our locker room to our cooling towels, everything is catered towards women. Memphis, specifically, needed something like that.
“We’ve got box gyms and we’ve got boutique studios, but there was nothing in Memphis that catered just to women and had those extra amenities.”
Will, 33, and Courtney, 30, relocated to Memphis from Jackson, Mississippi in 2017, due to Will’s job as an air traffic controller with the Federal Aviation Administration. After falling in love with the Bluff City and finding a home in Frayser, the pair saw the opportunity for a new type of boutique gym for the city. They signed on to open up Tennessee’s first Delta Life Fitness location.
“There is a very large community of people here that love to live healthy lifestyles—and there’s a large community that wants to live healthy lifestyles and maybe doesn’t know quite how to get there,” Will says.
“There’s a lot of different options out there for people … and Delta Life merges the best pieces of a lot of different boutique studios.”
Within a week of opening, the gym built up a client list of around 50 with the goal of growing that to 200 in the first year. Their ultimate goal is to open a Delta Life Fitness studio in Midtown.
In addition to their recent arrival in the Memphis gym sphere, Will and Courtney also have their own impressive fitness tales to tell.
Since the couple met in 2013, Courtney has lost 75 pounds while her now-husband has dropped an astonishing 122 pounds in the last seven years. Both talk up the importance of the other’s support. Will, who began losing weight several months before meeting Courtney, says that without her, there’s no way he would have kept off the weight.
Once sitting at around 300 pounds, Will used a weight loss dieting system, a dedicated jogging regime, and a dependence on Courtney’s healthy eating tips to get into shape. Last December, he ran the St. Jude Memphis Half Marathon.
“If I had plateaued for a long time and hadn’t met her, I likely would have ended up getting discouraged like with everything else, and I would have eventually put the weight back on,” he says.
“She showed me how to eat cleaner and maintain what I was doing … Sometimes that’s the encouragement you need to keep going—and skipping the donuts at work.”
By Ben Stanley
Photo by Tindall Stephens