Nutrition club opens on Front Street

Nutrition club opens on Front Street

Ignite Your Life Nutrition employee Aubrey Brunelle and owner Maggie Brunelle stand behind the bar where patrons can purchase protein shakes, energy teas and aloe drinks. (Valley Breeze photo by Jessica Boisclair)

LINCOLN - Thousands of different vitamins and dietary supplements line the shelves of grocery and nutrition stores and it can be difficult to know which ones can assist in someone's journey to become healthy.

Because of this, Maggie Brunelle and Tiffanie Clute, owners of Ignite Your Life Nutrition, opened a new nutrition club at 188 Front St., in order to help people become fit and motivated to change their lifestyles.

Brunelle and Clute both worked as Pampered Chef consultants before becoming wellness coaches for Herbalife.

Brunelle said she was overweight in college but lost 30 pounds after she took Herbalife supplements.

She soon realized she wanted to help others so she started working as a health coach at a nutrition club in East Greenwich.

"It was just a community place where people could come in and feel positive and encouraged," she said. "It was one of those places where everybody knew each other's name."

During her time there, she said she thought about opening up her own nutrition club somewhere in northern Rhode Island.

"When I moved to Smithfield I was a half hour away from East Greenwich and I realized that there was nothing like that nutrition club in northern Rhode Island so when me and Tiffanie started looking, Lincoln happened to be in the middle of all the northern cities and towns," she said.

The warm d?©cor of the club on Front Street gives off a calming vibe and resembles a petite caf?© where people can gather to forget about the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

The bar located inside the building is stacked with Herbalife bottles and supplements for patrons to try.

Brunelle said each person could purchase a protein shake; energy tea and aloe drink for $8.

Patrons are also invited to join the club's free fit camp challenge every month.

At the beginning of each month, she said, an assessment night is held to conduct a weigh in, take measurements and a before photo of participants.

Brunelle said her and Clute mapped out a one mile run for the camp, which takes the members directly to Lincoln Woods State Park.

"There, we do push-ups, sit-ups and a plank hold and through the course of the four weeks we ask them to come to at least two classes," she said. "At the end of the four weeks, we do another weigh in, measurement and after photo. It's recognition and I think it's huge for people."

She said the camp is opened to all age groups. "A lot of the people bring their kids, which is huge, it holds them accountable because most kids are excited to come to fit camp. It's nice to see them get fit as a family."

Ignite Your Life Nutrition is open Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.