SHiFT’s New Owners: Merideth and Michael

Hello! We are Merideth and Michael, SHiFT Cycling + Balance’s new owners. We are thrilled and honored to be a part of the SHiFT community. In the coming weeks we hope to get to know as many of you as possible as that is what made us fall in love with SHiFT – community is the reason why we made the decision to step into these shoes. Both passionate about fitness and living well, we are here to continue the mission that SHiFT‘s founder created.  

In the spirit of getting to know one another, here’s our story (told in Merideth’s voice) of how we came to be the new owners of this incredible place:

We made a decision to move to Guilford last December. Michael grew up in Stony Creek and we met while living in Boston when he attended Northeastern University. After our two children, Alex,4, and Ella, almost 3, were born we started to discuss where we wanted to raise our children, lay down our roots and become part of a community. When Michael suggested we look at Guilford for all that this community has to offer, I was torn.  This meant leaving the only home I had ever known and moving two and a half hours away from my family; my parents, my siblings, 7 nieces and nephews, lifelong friends and my spin community who had become a huge part of my life to a place where I didn’t really know anyone.

Michael kept talking to me about the amazing community. I liked the town but I could not quite comprehend what he meant by that …. I was about to find out. Making the decision to relocate  was tough but I knew it was right as we both wanted to do what was best for our children. So began our next chapter in Guilford.

In January, I walked through the door of SHiFT Cycling and Balance for the first time. I was greeted warmly by Jenn. She learned I was having a difficult time with the move and she immediately brought me into the SHiFT community with open arms. I met strangers that have become friends and very quickly felt a part of something wonderful. I belonged here. SHiFT gave me a place that felt like home in a place that wasn’t home for me just yet.

Upon my return from class that morning, I clearly remember my husband waiting to see my reaction knowing how much my spin community meant to me. I could see a sigh of relief in his eyes when I came home on cloud nine. From that day forward I have been extremely grateful for what Jenn created when she opened SHiFT five years ago. My experience at SHiFT was the vision Jenn held since the day the studio opened – a place to push past your limitations, a place to feel a part of something, a place to surround yourself with people who lift each other up – wherever you are on your journey.  SHiFT is so much more than a workout, it is an experience.

When I discovered SHiFT was for sale I was immediately excited by the prospect of becoming a bigger part of this company. Knowing a great thing when I see one, I went to Michael and asked him look at this opportunity with me. With a full-time job, two young children, and a recent move, the thought of buying a local business may have sent some running! Not Michael.  It was just as appealing to him to build community here at SHiFT as it was to me. Together we made the decision to purchase SHiFT Cycling and Balance in Guilford and we are BEYOND thrilled to start this new chapter with all of you.

Michael and I work as a team; with his background in financial services, my years of experience in sales and our shared passion for fitness and healthy lifestyle, owning this business is the perfect fit for us!  It also allows us the opportunity to teach our children that if something is important to you, you commit to it! We are so blessed to join a community of talented instructors who you all already know and love.

Our commitment to to our instructors and to YOU is to take what Jenn has created and continue to build on that; to provide you with a truly awesome and inspiring experience each time you choose to SHiFT!  Stay tuned for all that is to come!

We look forward to getting to know more and more of you and we would like to send a big thank you to those of you who have already made us feel welcome.

To SHiFT New Haven members, we would like to welcome you to the SHiFT Guilford location and would be honored to have you continue your fitness journey with us. Your steadfast support of SHiFT over the past several years is very much recognized and appreciated. We will do all we can to help and support you. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to us at and/or

Let’s get SHiFTing,
Merideth and Michael Hentschel
SHiFT Cycling and Balance