Trainer opens new fitness locationWritten by Brandi Barhite | Community Ombudsman | firstname.lastname@example.org
Like many people, Seana Beavers can’t get motivated to go to the gym.Her reasons are the same, but her exercise needs are different.
She has no legs.
“With a personal trainer you have an appointment time, and we women want to stick to what we promise,” said the 36-year-old Sylvania Township resident.
“I had to be the one doing all the thinking,” she said of a gym membership. “I had to be the one doing all the motivating.”
Once just for the wealthy, personal trainers are for now everyone, according to Gregg Schwartz, owner of American Mobile Fitness.
Beavers is just one of the many clients moving with American Mobile Fitness to its new location at 5133 S. Main St., Sylvania. The grand opening is noon to 3 p.m. Nov. 3.
American Mobile Fitness started one year ago in Sylvania.
Schwartz, a certified personal trainer, had worked at Wildwood Athletic Club, as did his business partner, Chris McMahon, who joined him in March. With the new facility, the studio will grow from 800 square feet to 2,400 square feet and include showers and lockers, as well as massage services, nutritional advice and group exercise classes.
“The biggest complaint by people is they have no time,” Schwartz said. “They have to drive to the gym, shower and drive back home.”
When Beavers started in August, she had the trainer come to her. But since it is cheaper at the studio and she can drive, Beavers switched.
In-home training once per week starts at $49 per session compared to $42 per session at the studio. Everything is determined individually and distance is factored into the fee. American Mobile Fitness has no membership fees or contracts. Buddy training is also offered.
Beavers said she is doing well. She has lost a difficult five pounds and has increased her energy. She weighs 104 and her doctor wants her to be about 80.
“Two years ago I was relegated to a scooter” Beavers said of not exercising. “Prior to that I was walking on my hands and getting a little exercise.”
Beavers said she likes how her trainer, Summer Lehman, makes sure she doesn’t fall. She also customizes exercises to her half body.
Chris Floyd of Toledo hired Schwartz for her 65-year-old mother, Mary Ann Pamer, who is at the Franciscan Care Center in Sylvania because of two strokes.
Floyd listens to 105.5 FM and heard Lyn Casye and Jimmy Vegas talking about their positive workout experience with American Mobile Fitness. She decided to give it a try since Schwartz could come to her mother.
Floyd likes the individual attention. Her mom is in physical therapy, but has a hard time focusing in the group setting. She cannot talk.
“He has her walking,” Floyd said.
“My goal is to get her out of there and into assisted living,” Schwartz said.
When the new studio opens, Floyd wants to utilize the new services. The massage therapists will travel to people’s homes and in this case, a nursing home.
Schwartz said it is all about accommodating people. The trainers work with clients from ages 12 to 88. Some are obese; some just want to get stronger. One woman is training for the Ironwoman Triathalon.
Marie Harr, 77, of Sylvania, is working on toning, strength and balance. She works out twice per week at the urging of her daughter.
Already quite thin, Schwartz wants to make sure Harr “is not falling on ice” this winter. He also makes sure she can handle the exercise regiment.
“Marie doesn’t want to go home and be in pain,” Schwartz said.
Others need a little pain to get them going.
When 48-year-old Rick Stansley of Sylvania started coming to the studio one year ago, he had never worked out before.
“Frankly, if I didn’t have the motivation, I wouldn’t get half this amount done,” he said. “Chris and Gregg make me go beyond what I normally would do.”
Stansley has lost 26 pounds, and his blood pressure is normal again; his blood sugar is in check.
His wake-up call was not passing his flight physical. Flying is his hobby — something he has since been able to resume.
“His endurance wasn’t strong,” McMahon said.
Personal trainers make people accountable. Without them, people won’t show up or might cut the workout short, McMahon said.
Like Schwartz, McMahon equips people with knowledge to continue the workout at home.
“But some people just want me to tell them what to do and turn their brains off,” McMahon said.