Founder & Owner, 202strong
Maddie Watkins, age 31, is the Founder and Owner of 202strong, a boutique fitness studio that specializes in making the barbell accessible and bringing barbell strength training to the boutique fitness community. Prior to opening 202strong in January 2015, Maddie had been personal training clients since 2010 and found herself with a population of clients who were women over 50. Maddie’s clients were deadlifting, squatting, doing pullups, and burpees and this form of fitness had changed their lives. That inspired her to create a place where intimidation fades and members get access to that barbell experience. With small group classes, 202strong provides a personalized approach to group fitness and helps everyone “Find Your Strong”. 202strong has locations in DC and MD and provides small group strength and circuit training classes for a full body fitness experience.
My Daily Thoughts:
My Goal of the Day: Do something that makes me happy and do something to help someone else every day
My Thought of the Day: Everything happens for a reason and everything always works out the way it should
My Action of the Day: Workout!
My Deed of the Day: Help others find their strong through fitness
My Tip of the Day: Lead a life that makes you smile and feel proud of who you are and what you believe in. Life is too short to be unhappy.
A Day in My Life:
What do you love most about Your City?
I am born and raised in the Washington DC suburbs and I love how DC is gaining a vibrant and growing restaurant scene! For all the exercise I do, I LOVE good food!
Favorite breakfast meal & restaurant?
I could eat breakfast every meal of the day; but there is nothing better than eggs, an english muffin, and roasted potatoes. I can’t start my day without the protein from eggs. Oh, and a huge cup of black coffee. I eat breakfast at home everyday and don’t leave for the day without my eggs and coffee
What are you doing at:
6:00 AM – I am either waking up or training clients at the gym. I am an early bird and I love getting up early and starting the day. I find myself the most productive in the morning.
10:00 AM – Still training clients, maybe working out myself, or sitting on my computer getting work done for 202strong. Probably having another cup of coffee…
12:00 PM – Favorite Lunch spot/meal?
Nothing beats a Cava or Sweetgreen salad! I like all the toppings mixed together with a good source of protein, typically I go for chicken. I tend to eat 4 mini meals throughout the day instead of 3 bigger ones. It helps me keep my energy steady.
7:00 PM – Leaving the gym for the day and heading home. I work late because the gym is busiest in the evening hours and I love being around the energy of full classes and my coaches and members. It’s the most fun!
11:00 PM – I’ve been sound asleep (hopefully) for the past hour and a half. I go to bed around 9:30pm each night. Sleep is so important to me and I am one of those individuals who needs my 8 hours.
What drink do you need to get through the day and at the end (and how many)?
Have I mentioned I love coffee? I stop drinking that by noon however and try to drink only water the rest of the day. I love a good La Croix or San Pellegrino at night too!
Most used App/Favorite Instagram Account?
I am ALWAYS on Instagram and love following some badass business women who I look up to. One example is Alli Webb, founder of DryBar!
What should everyone try at least once?
Lifting a barbell. There is a stigma that most people think they aren’t strong enough, or they can’t do that without getting hurt. But over the past 9 years, I have seen that proven wrong millions of times. There is no greater feeling than feeling strong and accomplished and the barbell is one incredible tool to feel that. 202strong exists for just that reason!
Where do you enjoy getting lost?
The city. I love walking around a city and exploring. I love to try the local coffee shop, bakery, and restaurant and eat my way through new places.
My Pic of the Day:
The sun rising over the ocean. It is my top happy place and sense of calm.
My Mantra through stressful times:
Each hard moment or moment of stress and anxiety is only a learning experience for the future. We will always come out on the other end stronger and learn from these hard moments and challenges.