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About The Fix Studio

 

The inspiration for The Fix began because endurance sports, cycling specifically, have been part of both Larry’s and Sophie’s lives for a long time. Both competed in cycling: Larry primarily in Mountain Biking and Sophie was a professional cyclist that focused on road racing and raced her bike around the world. However, a passion for endurance athletics and the people who participate in them is what really drove both Larry’s and Sophie’s careers beyond the competition. The world of cycling helped facilitate the professional development of both as they excelled as athletic therapists, massage therapists and coaches embarking them on a career journey eventually landing them both jobs working for national teams at the Olympic level. Some years later, The Fix Studio was born.

The experiences and people Larry and Sophie met through cycling, both as athletes and later working in the sport, helped carve and shape them as professionals and showed them that their passion is in helping avid athletes, from beginners to elites, push themselves to their limits enabling them to reach their goals. Larry and Sophie truly embody the belief that there is an everyday champion inside everyone waiting to come out.

Larry Foss

Owner, Coach, Massage Therapist, Visionary

  1.  What brought you to The Fix? – I have been involved with cycling for 30 years now. I realized a long time ago that for me, coaching was much more fulfilling than racing, so I wanted to create a space to help people reach their athletic goals; I wanted to create something unique in the endurance sports world.
  2. What is your athletic background, or what do you enjoy doing outside of work? – I have been a runner my entire life, but I picked up a mountain bike in 1989. Around the same time, I started cross country skiing. Between the two, I was busy year-round. I raced on and off the road until the late nineties when coaching really started to take over.
  3. How would you describe your job to people who have never heard of The Fix, or who know very little about endurance training? – Well, The Fix Studio is basically a one stop shop for any aspiring endurance athlete. We offer all the services you would expect of an Endurance Sports Performance Center and are constantly adding to and improving our services. Indoor training, massage, bike fitting, gait analysis, movement screenings and rehab, nutrition, bike maintenance, coaching…you name it. My wife Sophie and I are the owners of the studio, and, as small business owners, we do a lot of different jobs. I do everything from coaching and leading classes to renovating our space. I’m also working with other companies in the industry on R&D projects from time to time; our set up here affords us a lot of opportunities to work with companies on the cutting edge of cycling and running technology.
  4. What are you training for/planning right now at The Fix?  Well… I’m hoping to take another class on Indian Clubs. We use them in our core work classes, and I want to keep learning more ways to integrate them into our instruction. As for the studio, we are perpetually working to improve the space and our services. Its a constant refinement that will never end. Sometimes I wish there was a finish line and I would finally have everything figured out, but ultimately I’m glad there is still so much to learn. I’m even more curious now than I was 30 years ago; I think that’s part of why The Fix has been so successful.
  5. What is your favorite aspect of The Fix?  I built it. The Fix used to be just an idea floating around my head. Now it has an address, a staff, clients and a whole community around it.
  6. What does The Fix community mean to you?  For me, I just feel very lucky. I often say that I haven’t had a job in twenty years, and that is genuinely how it feels to come to the studio. In reality, I’ve worked harder since opening The Fix than I would have ever thought possible, but it has never felt like a job. Everyday I get to engage with a community of interesting and supportive people. At least once a day, it hits me that this is what I do for a living; these are the people I get to spend my time with. Its pretty incredible.
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Sophie St-Jacques

Owner, Athletic Therapist,  Massage Therapist, Coach

  1. What is your athletic background?  I guess I can say I have been an athlete in some ways most of my life.​ For some reason cycling, more specifically The Tour de France, caught my attention. I became very passionate about it and started racing bikes by the age of 11. When I was young I fumbled over a small ad in a newspaper for a cycling club. After that I was hooked – I never looked back and have been on two wheels ever since. For good or bad, cycling is basically the only sport I have competed or actively participated in since. I feel truly lucky to have found cycling as my passion which lead me to travel the world, at first racing my bike and then working with teams professionally. Eventually I landed in Minneapolis and built this amazing business with Larry where we get to share the experience of our lives as coaches, massage therapists and athletic therapists with our everyday champions here at the studio.
  2. How would you describe your job at The Fix Studio?  We strive to help people be the best version of themselves possible. We believe that when someone is passionate about their athletic goals that the process of training and moving well can help someone reach their goals in many different avenues of their lives beyond their sport specific focus. All in all, sports can help people become better people. This where we come into play by helping everyone find their inner champion and help them take care of their best piece of equipment: their body!
Sophie

Adam Gorski

Coach, Class D.J. and Cheer Extraordinaire

  1.  What brought you to The Fix? – Since I was young I have always loved cycling. It wasn’t until playing soccer in highschool that I really appreciated what an amazing role a coach can play in how you experience an activity. I was very green and only played soccer 1 year but the coaching that I received was pivotal in my development as a young adult. Cycling took over and after years of racing I needed help with recovery and training smarter. The Fix Studio was my answer.
  2. What is your athletic background? Or, what do you enjoy doing outside of work? – COFFEE!!! Cycling is the huge majority of my background. I started with jumping off of curbs then roofs. I guess that wasn’t enough of a thrill so I decided to race around in circles in skin tight lycra. Now I’ve picked up running. Seems to me it is a little slower than the others. Coffee also keeps me going.
  3. What is your favorite aspect of working at The Fix? – Being at The Fix Studio has allow me to continue to learn and adapt to new situations. Experiencing people and how to determine their goals and being able to help them to achieve those goals is the most rewarding thing I can do on a regular basis.
  4. What does The Fix community mean to you? – The Fix is a place to go to make some crazy goals more achievable. It could be racing across the country, competing for a national championship or riding your bike to the studio to do a class (I am actually most proud of the last one). We work with everyday people who want to get the most out of what they have grown to love.
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Peter O’Donnell

Head Mechanic, Master of Running Up and Down Stairs, MTB Skills Expert

  1.  What brought you to The Fix? – I wanted to work in the industry again after taking a few years off bikes. I’ve known Gorski since I first tried road racing in the early 2000’s, and he told me about a place that’s like the shops I’ve worked in before except not at all. The next thing I know, I’m riding the rollers as part of my ‘interview.’ That was in February ’17; its been an incredible ride ever since.
  2. What is your athletic background? Or, what do you enjoy doing outside of work?  – I started racing mountain bikes 14 years ago and have since tried every flavor of bike racing with varying success.  If I’m not at The Fix, its very likely that I’m riding my bike on a trail, reading a book at a bar or road tripping west.
  3. Are you training for any events or races? – In May 2018, I will be ‘racing’ in the Pro Men’s field at the Grand Junction Off-Road in Colorado after five years off the bike… its gonna be a long winter.  Luckily, I know a great place to get back in shape no matter how Minnesotan Minnesota feels that day.
  4. What is your favorite aspect of working at The Fix? – Everyone is excited to be here. Coworkers and clients. Everyone is very good at what they do and cares about what they’re doing. We’re in the Making People Fast business, and its always a rad challenge. Plus, I get to talk about bike racing a LOT.
  5. What does The Fix community mean to you?  Imagine a group of people who entirely support one another with everything from advice and encouragement to homemade doughnuts and a place to stay. That’s The Fix community.
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Katie Otte (We call her Otte)

Fix Studio All-Rounder

  1. What brought you to The Fix?  My internship/my interest in functional movement training.
  2. What is your athletic background and what do you enjoy doing outside of work? – Former softball and tennis player. I enjoyed weightlifting primarily until I started at the studio, and now I love cycling and endurance training in general.
  3. How would you describe your job to people who have never heard of The Fix Studio? – I am still in the process of figuring out what my job is. Right now I feel like my job is to be a sponge and absorb everything. Some days I am doing front desk/inventory tasks, some days I am coaching a PowerFix Class, and still other days I am observing Sophie do an FMS. I would say though that if you know very little about endurance training, I would describe it as working out with a purpose. Every workout is geared toward a specific training goal. Endurance training is not all about going hard and pushing all the watts all the time. I also want to emphasize that the word “training”, sounds more intimidating than it actually is. You do not necessarily have to have an event you are training for, but more so a goal that you are trying to achieve.
  4. Are you training for any events or races? Or, what is your favorite running/racing/outdoor activity? I am currently beginning training for a half marathon!!
  5. What is your favorite aspect of working at The Fix? One of my favorite things about working at The Fix is that everyone genuinely loves what they are doing, and they are extremely knowledgeable. It also never fails to amaze me how much everyone wants each other to succeed and how willing they are to help you out with anything. My favorite aspect about The Fix is that work is fun and I learn something new every day.
  6. What does The Fix community mean to you? The Fix community means a lot to me! It is amazing to be surrounded by people who are motivating, encouraging and supportive of your endeavors on and off the bike or treadmill. It is a very special place.
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