Molly Flaherty’s boutique fitness studio on University Avenue opened its doors in 2015 with the goal of being a place where people can work toward their health goals in a variety of ways.
The studio offers fitness classes including cycling, barre and training as well as several types of yoga classes. Flaherty also knows that exercise is just one component of a healthy lifestyle, so M/Body has dietitians and sports nutritionists who can help people use proven methods based on nutritional science to fuel their bodies.
When M/Body and all other gyms in New York were forced to close in March because of COVID-19, Flaherty made sure that wouldn’t stop clients from reaching their fitness goals. She loaded up 35 bikes from her gym and delivered them to clients at their homes, and even instructed them on how to create and log into online accounts so they could exercise while sheltering in place.
That’s not the first selfless act from M/Body, which was honored by the Genesee Valley Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals as the Outstanding Small Business for National Philanthropy Day last year. Flaherty and her staff use their services and the fitness studio to raise money for many nonprofits in Rochester.