Partner Spotlight: SoldierFit Sterling
By: Christine Bean
This week, we caught up with SoldierFit Sterling’s owner, Harry Santucci, and GM, Brandon Christ, to learn more about their unique, military-style fitness culture, and why they’ve relied on MightyMeals to fuel their athletes and themselves!
How did SoldierFit Sterling get its start?
Harry: SoldierFit was founded in 2007 in Gaithersburg, MD by Danny Farrar, an Army Veteran. He originally ran the bootcamps outside, and I found them in 2012 when they began indoor classes in a small, rented space in Frederick, MD. I went in for a free class and loved the workout and the culture, so I joined. In 2013, they opened up their first standalone facility, a 10,000 sq ft gym in Frederick. They announced a couple years later that they were going to begin franchising, and I bought the first franchise. SoldierFit Sterling opened its doors on July 1, 2016.
What makes SoldierFit Sterling unique?
Harry: We are a military-inspired fitness brand, which is unique in itself. There are no mirrors in the gym and everyone wears the same uniform, a “Troop” shirt as we call it, to encourage camaraderie. We offer 154 unique classes each month in our 10,000 square foot workout facility, and we have a 3,000 square foot open access gym, as well.
Brandon: There is an immense amount of value in our membership, every class is different and everyone that works out with us feels that they are a part of something bigger. Everyone achieves results, they just have to show-up! We have a wide variety of fitness levels in each class, and our instructors scale the workout depending on each person’s fitness level. Everyone who joins has the intention of becoming a better version of themselves and gives it their all.
How did you get connected to MightyMeals?
Harry- Years ago, we tried a different meal delivery service and were not too pleased. One day in 2018, I googled “meal prep in Northern VA,” and MightyMeals caught my eye. I sent in a request, and MightyMeals’ co-founder Dan Graziano called me the next day. He really set the tone from there. I felt very comfortable and confident that they’d be able to deliver, and they have.
Brandon: We’ve loved seeing the growth of MightyMeals since we started using them in 2018. You can tell it is a very well-run company, and it’s been fun to see the progression of larger delivery vans, new menu items, etc. I’ve been ordering the meals consistently for myself ever since that day in 2018, and it’s been an integral part of my bodybuilding experience.
How does MightyMeals benefit your members?
Harry: At SoldierFit, we have the fitness component handled, but nutrition is an integral part of our clients’ health, as well. MightyMeals is fresh, affordable, nutritious, and we truly appreciate that the meals arrive on time and the orders are always accurate. The menu selection continues to evolve and our members are very pleased with the variety. W
What’s your favorite MightyMeal?
Harry: Well, it may be because of my Italian heritage, but I love the Grassfed Beef Lasagna.
Brandon: The All American Breakfast is totally my favorite dish. Breakfast is my favorite meal, so I often eat this on weekend mornings. I hate cooking, and thanks to MightyMeals I haven’t really cooked a thing in 2 years!