Total-U-Fitness, the private training center in Ringwood has moved though they haven't moved far. They're actually in the same business park though now on the first floor and facing Ringwood Road (5307 Business Pkwy #102). While their impressive new facility is an improvement, the basis of the value they offer remains, albeit with new digs that enhance fitness opportunities for their clients.
As opposed to Total-U-Fitness, discount fitness centers have popped up all over the landscape. These fitness centers are the equivalent of fast food restaurants and they are currently raking in the annual New Year's Eve resolution bonanza. Customers, all with good intentions, flock through their doors intent on improving their health and/or losing a few pounds.
As March roars in, however, many of the well-intentioned have already given up the ghost like so many lambs. Maybe they'll try again next year. Many not. But, somehow, many who come through the doors in droves fall by the wayside in almost equal proportions. They've stopped going and the money they spent is as good as wasted. They'd have done about as much good if they spent their money on stacks of fast-food hamburgers.
That personal touch in fitness reaps dividends
What they lacked at the discount fitness center was that personal touch those facilities are not designed to offer.
œAt a discount fitness center, someone will show you around the machines when you sign up, said Tony Myatt, who owns and operates Total-U-Fitness with his wife Michelle (they also host Totally Fit Radio at 5 a.m., Saturdays, on AM560, The Answer.) œAfter an initial tour at a discount fitness center, you're pretty much on your own.
œAt Total-U-Fitness, you have a personal trainer. We work with our clients every step of the way.
Michelle Myatt said that personal touch is important because working with a personal trainer ensures that you maximize the use of your time working out. However, it's also important because people who get hurt working out often do so because they were doing something incorrectly. Having an expert on hand to monitor your progress is a tremendous asset.
Children benefit, too
Never is the value of a personal trainer greater than when the client is a child.
œA lot of centers want to get the kids on the weights. That's what they do, Tony Myatt said. œMichelle specializes in working with seniors and children. You can't train a 10-year-old girl the same way you would train a 30-year-old man. Someone is going to get hurt.
Michelle Myatt said that, as they work with children, the goal is to increase joint mobility, flexibility and stability. Everything they do is designed to protect the health of the children they work with. And yet, they have tremendous success.
They also provide rehab training, though Tony Myatt was quick to point out that they're not physical therapists.
œWe do post rehab training, he said. œThis is one of the reasons we had to move to a first floor facility. People in rehab often have trouble with stairs.
From the floor up, Total-U-Fitness excels
The new Total-U-Fitness facility was built to meet the specific fitness needs of the Myatts' clients. More than 1,400-square feet, it's small enough to enhance the intimate fitness experience and large enough to handle small groups of as many as eight that the Myatts also work with.
Special attention was paid to the layout of the private training center. This includes traffic flow that allows clients to move quickly from one routine to another. It also includes specialized flooring in each area.
Each type of flooring is designed to enhance and protect the person training. The rubber-mat flooring by the front entrance is excellent for weight work. If weights are dropped, they bounce. Likewise, the floor provides a low-impact surface that offers good footing and shock absorption.
The laminate floor in the back of the center is also a low-impact configuration. It does an excellent job absorbing impacts whether a fitness class is jumping over low hurdles or an aerobics class is going through its paces.
Running the length of the south wall of the private training center is turf flooring. Here, the Myatts work with clients to help develop speed, agility and endurance. This is particularly important with athletes, not just for the obvious reasons; it's also important because those attributes help athletes avoid injury.
The athlete's choice
From junior-high-aged to college-aged and older, Total-U-Fitness is the choice for athletes who are looking for an edge on the field of competition.
œWe can make them faster, jump higher, more explosive out of the gate, Tony Myatt said. œWe work with the muscle strength, as well as their endurance, he said. œThey're better athletes when we work with them and, all the while, we're protecting them so they have less chance of getting hurt.
All the personalized training pays dividends, not only in the results of each workout, but in terms of helping clients maintain their motivation.
œTotal-U-Fitness is more than a name, Michelle Myatt said. œIt's an attitude. It's our philosophy. We don't just work with our clients for muscle or agility; we work with them to build the positive perspective that they need to succeed in achieving their fitness goals.
œYou'll go in to some fitness centers and you'll see people running on the treadmill or on the stairclimber while they read a book or watch television. Even the person who works there is reading a book at the front desk. Here, we don't have time to read books and our clients don't have time to read books. We're serious about fitness and we're engaged with our clients. We're helping them get the most out of their time, effort and money.
For more information about Total-U-Fitness, or to schedule a tour of their new facility, call 800-559-UFIT (8348) or visit: www.totalufit.com.