By Tony Wittkowski | Business Reporter | The Herald-Palladium
BENTON HARBOR — Tanganyika Dudley opened her fitness studio based on her own personal journey that began a few years ago.
She made a decision several years ago to make a change in her life by adding exercise, which increased her self-confidence and improved her attitude. Dudley now helps others reach their fitness and health goals through her business.
“I started working out in 2015,” Dudley said. “I was 180 pounds. I hired a personal trainer and got addicted.”
Her dramatic weight loss led to opening Butterfly Effect Fitness at 76 W. Wall St. in downtown Benton Harbor. The ribbon cutting was Feb. 11.
Wanting a healthy lifestyle, Dudley offers pole fitness classes, dance aerobics and personal training as a fitness instructor.
Dudley worked with the Women’s Business Center at Cornerstone Alliance to develop a business plan and find a location for the studio.
James Odds, manager for Butterfly Effect Fitness, said the business caters to health and fitness for women and building morale.
“The butterfly effect. The name says a lot. It’s about transformation,” Odds said. “You come in one way and leave as a new person both physically and mentally.”
It offers different programs and techniques to help women target and tone their legs, arms and stomachs. The studio fitness center has battle ropes, squat racks, an ab machine, bench press, treadmill, yoga ball, jump rope, Olympic weights and four poles that can be used to increase upper body strength.
While the business opened later than expected, Dudley joked that it was just in time for area residents to get ready for beach season.
“My experience was with my trainer and how she helped me to show me the way,” Dudley said. “I want to pass that message along.”
Dudley said she’ll give a free session to anyone who brings in this article of The Herald-Palladium.
Butterfly Effect Fitness is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. by appointment. Walk-ins are accepted too. For more information on the new fitness studio, call 269-277-3324.
(Author’s Note: This article was originally published on March 19, 2017)