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Free your mind, and your body will follow

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Published: 06/14/2016

by Patricia Nugent

Fitness Together owner Erin Mellinger and manager Jeremy Savaet have just returned from Fort Lauderdale, where they attended a national conference for the company and explored all the latest from industry experts in the field of personal training and exercise science.

 

“It’s wonderful to meet others, share ideas and fine-tune our craft,” says Erin, who was selected to appear on a panel of top performers in the country. 

 

The Fitness Together Difference

Why do clients who have previously failed at other gyms and with other programs succeed at Fitness Together?

 

“I think the answer lies in accountability and support,” says Erin. “We are all about results, sticking with clients every step of the way to get them back in shape and on the road to wellness. And we maximize clients’ time by mixing up the perfect cocktail of aerobic exercise and weight training. Not a minute is wasted.”

 

Planning, execution and personalized attention are strong suits here. She says clients sit down with a trainer and discuss their goals and which exercises appeal to them.

 

Two nicely appointed private suites are loaded with weight sets, kettle bells, balance balls, battle ropes, kickboxing bags, boxing gloves and every other tool geared toward making a client’s workout plan come to life and keeping them motivated.

 

Another key component is the optional Nutrition Together program, which is based solely on science.

 

“Our clients have noticed even more dramatic results when coupling training with proper nutrition,” says Erin. “This isn’t dieting. It’s counseling from a nutritionist. There are no supplements, just sound advice on how to change your attitude toward food to achieve a healthier, fitter lifestyle.”

 

The program includes sessions that cover topics such as how to eat light (and enjoy it), to grocery shopping and how to dine out. Exclusive to the effort is an online accountability journal that automatically tracks a client’s weight loss progress.

 

Says Craig M., who joined Fitness Together five years ago, “When I started the Nutrition Together program, my main goal was to simply build on my knowledge of healthy eating habits, and gain a level of accountability for the types of food I put in my body. While exercise has been a cornerstone of the results I have seen, proper eating and nutrition has been the spark. I realized that all the working out, lifting weights and running wouldn’t let my true results shine through if I still had poor eating habits. Now I look at food as fuel for my body, and, like everyone, I have my cheat meals in moderation. I have lost more than 100 pounds, I’m happier, definitely healthier and I’m in the best shape I’ve been in more than 20 years.”

 

Getting Your Group Therapy On

In addition to nutrition counseling and one-on-one personal training, Erin reports clients have enjoyed success at the studio through Pack small-group training for two to four clients at a time.

 

“It seems to be the perfect fit with people’s busy schedules,” she says. “They enjoy unlimited workouts—whether once a week or every day—and just pay a monthly flat rate. Workouts are in the early morning, late morning and evening, and people just schedule which ones fit best with their week.”

 

Feeling Game?

“This spring we started in-studio competitions and they’ve gone over great,” says Erin. “People are divided into teams and receive different challenges and earn points by completing them. I think they surprise themselves at how competitive they become and how much harder they push themselves when a contest is on the line.”

 

And the prizes are nice rewards for the extra work, things like gift cards for massages.

 

“It’s terrific that our clients have formed their own little community,” she says. “And in recognition of that, we’ve started a running day. Clients all meet up at a park and we go for a group run.”

 

With the warmer temps of early summer and kids getting out of school, summer is finally a reality and Erin notes the studio is humming with new clients. In fact, she plans to hire a fifth trainer to keep up with demand. Joining her currently are manager Jeremy Savaet and certified personal trainers Carly Nicholas, Logan Kent and Sean Mohney.

 

Fitness Together is located in the Medina Signature Square Shopping Center at 3725 Medina Road, Suite #106, in Medina. Hours are Monday-Friday, 5:30 a.m.-9:00 p.m.; and Saturday, 5:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Call 330-952-0833, or visit FTMedina.com for more information.