It was no surprise when The Wall Cycling Studio won “Best Fitness Studio” in the 2016 Best of Manayunk competition or when owner Julie Sabella landed on the cover of Be Well Philly’s Health + Fitness Guide.
But it would have come as a surprise for 18-year-old Julie, an overweight soon to be college freshmen in August of 2003 who had just learned she was pre-diabetic. It was then that she knew she needed to make a change, a drastic one, so she started running. The pounds began to melt off and Julie started on a path to a healthier lifestyle, never expecting where it would lead.
Julie attended indoor cycling classes with her boyfriend (now husband) Karl, but wasn’t convinced that cycling was really her thing. At the time, Julie was working as a fitness, equipment and apparel buyer for an online fitness store. And just like what happened to many working Americans during that time, she got laid off with no warning.
During this time of transition, a friend said to Julie “You know what Manayunk needs? An indoor cycling studio.” And that’s when it hit Julie that she needed to bring this form of fitness in to town.