Half the battle of losing weight and getting fit is feeling comfortable: not just the comfort of the right athletic shoes and spandex workout clothes, but the comfort of our environment, the place where we choose to exercise. That’s the premise of Fitness Together in Norcross, a gym where scheduled, one-on-one training is provided by one of its five certified fitness instructors.
During a recent visit to the gym, manager Jonathan McClellan, 27, described the Fitness Together training method as one that stresses safety and privacy. Working individually with a trainer helps keep the injuries away; working in a smaller gym – where those in attendance are scheduled to be there – helps keep eyes off the client who doesn’t want others watching during workouts. In fact, a healthy percentage of the clientele are women who appreciate the no-ogling atmosphere, according to McClellan.
Other advantages he pointed out: no waiting for equipment, and instructors who are focused on one client-–not distracted by multiple clients in one session. The format wraps up into a time-savings for clients who want to be in and out within an hour, starting with at least 15 minutes of cardio exercise on a treadmill or elliptical machine, followed by supervised weight training. “We have clients who work out on their way to or from the office, and they need it to fit into their schedules,” said McClellan. After the workout, they can hit the showers and be on their way.
The client base runs the gamut from 16-year-old students to stay-at-home moms to retirees. Client needs vary as well: Staffers have trained high school athletes focused on strengthening certain muscle groups, and older folks who have completed rehab after an injury, and have been instructed by their doctors to continue exercising.
McClellan, who received a degree in Exercise Science from Covenant College, clearly takes pride in the work performed at the fitness chain. “We use a team approach. I debrief the staff so that everyone knows each client’s goals, what she’s trying to accomplish,” he noted. Staffers welcome each client with a water bottle and a towel, and greet each one by name. Such personal care is supported by the organization’s motto: 1 Client, 1 Trainer, 1 Goal.
There is, of course, a trade-off for the privileges at Fitness Together. Each session with a trainer runs from $50 to $80, so a potential client on a budget will have to strategically plan their sessions throughout the month. For someone who is watching their spending, the staff can work out a maintenance plan so that a client is only coming to the gym twice a week, but is staying active from home on other days, according to McClellan. Anyone curious about the benefits of the program will receive a complimentary first visit lasts about 90 minutes and includes a tour, a medical screening (a form that lists potential medical conditions), a nutritional assessment, and a training session.
McClellan’s ultimate goal is to teach people the right way to train so that, eventually, they can train on their own and have new fitness habits to incorporate into their lifestyles. “I tell potential clients that if they decide to work with us, we’ll keep it safe, effective and fun, so they’ll want to come back the next time.” With so many Americans battling obesity, finding just the right workout regimen with a personal trainer may be just the ticket to a new, healthier lifestyle.
Fitness Together in Norcross is one of five locations in the Atlanta area offered by the fitness chain. For more information, visit the Atlanta Fitness Together website.
4790 Peachtree Industrial Blvd.