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How an out-of-work, single mom took a chance, disrupted the fitness industry and changed countless lives.

When Ellen lost her job, she thought she lost everything. She was a single mom who didn’t know how she would pay the bills. But, she shifted her perspective and dug into her strength as a fitness instructor. Ellen’s in-home training eventually grew into Orangetheory Fitness. The company that started in a spare room now has almost 1m members around the globe. More importantly, Ellen’s shift started a ripple effect that has helped countless other people change their own lives, and bodies, through fitness.

Coach Joe overcame a rough childhood to become a professional football player, but when head injuries ended his career he struggled to rebuild his life. Now he’s a beloved fitness instructor. Kristen had to start over after she fled an abusive relationship. Now she’s showing her daughter that strength truly comes from within.

Director – Kristi Jacobson’s films capture nuanced, intimate, and provocative portrayals of individuals and communities. Her latest feature film, SOLITARY received the Emmy for Outstanding Investigative Documentary. A Place at the Table premiered at the 2012 Sundance Film Festival before theatrical release in over 35 U.S. cities.