Hi, my name is Rachel McClellan. I was born in Jackson, TN and grew up in several locations across the states of TN, GA, and SC. Where I’m from, Tea is usually proceeded by the word Sweet, summertime is all about being outdoors, and someone’s heart is always being blessed. What can I say, I’m a southerner!
My parents were both college athletes. After graduating from high school in Spartanburg, SC, I accepted a volleyball scholarship to the University of Illinois. For the Fighting Illini, I was an all Big-Ten performer and earned a bachelor’s degree in Speech Communications.
After college I spent several years, playing professional indoor volleyball in Puerto Rico, Spain, the Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, and South Korea. All of that travel made me miss home. My boyfriend, at the time, had relocated to Chicago. When I returned to the United States we settled down, got married, and had a family. We lived in Chicago for 9 years, and boy did I miss The South. I’d slip away whenever possible to soak up my Mother’s good food and company. In the last few years, I was blessed to become a proud mother to two wonderful little girls. Adelynn is 4 yrs. old and Avery Kate is 2. Immediately after Adelynn was born, and because I was among the first of my friends to have children, I began seeking out a new set of Mom friends. I happened upon Stroller Strides, went to a class, and was instantly hooked. I became an instructor and knew at that moment that I had found my tribe. By the time Avery Kate was born, in November 2014, I knew I wanted to open a franchise. 8 weeks later my Mother and best friend, Dianna, passed away unexpectedly. She was 55 years old. There isn’t a day that goes by, that I don’t wish I could call her.
Shortly thereafter, my husband took a new job that gave us the option of relocating anywhere in the Southeast. In less than 5 minutes, I knew that I wanted to go back to Chattanooga, TN. Some of my best years growing up were here in this town. I’m fortunate to have a few friends, from back then, that I’m still close with today. Additionally, this town is consistently ranked as one of the best outdoor cities in the United States, and is one of The South’s hidden gems. I can’t think of a better way to begin my new chapter than launching a Fit4Mom franchise in Chattanooga. This company created the community, which has changed the trajectory of my life. My hope is that I can facilitate something that will do for another Mom, what FIT4MOM has done for me.