Inspire Fitness aims to provide ‘training that changes lives’Written by Chase Will | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Inspire Fitness is on a mission to help you become lean, healthy and confident.
When the gym opened in October, the owners decided to focus on clients’ individual needs rather than making profits.
“Our slogan is ‘training that changes lives.’ We’re all about not being just another gym focused only on revenue and seeing members only as numbers. We care about each person individually,” said Hannah Burkholder, front desk manager.
Each membership includes a free personal training session. New members are encouraged to assess their current health and set their goals high.
“They talk to trainers, set their goals and learn what they’re doing so they feel completely comfortable,” said Burkholder.
“When you walk in the door, you don’t get that cold corporate feeling you get at other gyms. It’s more of a community welcoming feel,” said Chase Cowell, member of the marketing team.
This 24-hour gym provides a $10/month option, which Burkholder claims is competitive with similar gyms. Members can also choose the $19.99/month platinum membership, which includes childcare, tanning and unlimited guest privileges.
Hours for childcare are 8-noon and 4-8pm M-F, and Saturdays from 8-noon.
“The age limit for childcare is 6 months to 12 years old,” said Burkholder. “We have a bunch of games and educational material back there, and parents like that we have it available.”
The gym includes full-body circuits, multiple sets of free weights and cable machines for members with joint troubles. According to Burkholder, the gym is designed so members never have trouble fitting their workout into a busy schedule.
One innovative creation of Inspire Fitness is the cardio movie theatre, sponsored by Family Video of Maumee. This includes a variety of movies which are cycled on a large projector screen throughout the day in a room filled with stationary bikes and elliptical machines.
“Another thing I’d really like to highlight is the women-only section,” said Burkholder. “It’s very popular because a lot of women don’t feel comfortable in a fitness setting, and it provides some privacy so they can reach their goals without feeling intimidated.”
Joe Miller, a trainer at the gym, recently finished a fit-to-fat-to-fit program in which he purposely gained 60lbs over 6 months. Miller claims the effort it took to get back into shape helped him truly empathize with clients struggling with weight issues.
Mid-way through the challenge, Miller was diagnosed with prehypertension and could barely make it up a stairwell.
“It humbled me a lot,” said Miller. “The first time I stepped into a gym to start losing the weight, it was a different experience after being an athletic guy my whole life. It’s more than a book can ever teach you.”
With what he learned from this challenge, Miller’s been able to help clients like Tiana Lindley, who lost 42lbs at Inspire Fitness.
“The trainers I’ve worked with while being a member at Inspire Fitness have been so motivating and caring,” said Lindley. “They push me out of my comfort zone while still pushing me to thrive toward my goals, never giving up on me even when I felt like giving up on myself.”
“When she first came to the gym she was a little hesitant,” says Miller. “She took advantage of our free personal training session, and she’s been phenomenal ever since.”
Inspire Fitness is located at 2584 Parkway Plaza. For more information call 419-214-0190.