The days where you just sign up for a big box gym have come and gone. Today, athletes and weekend warriors alike are going to specialized studios and meeting with coaches and trainers who can tailor workouts and nutrition plans to those individuals. This is the concept Elite Performance has been operating with for over a decade. Elite Performance just opened their new space, moving from Columbus, to Newark, Ohio. The studio is inviting, and is built for individual or small group work. All of the space is utilized for functional training that encompasses whole body health and performance.
Owners Charlie and Tami Smith work one-on-one with their clients and customize not just the workouts, but also the client’s mental approach to nutrition, injury prevention, and whole body wellness. What hits you immediately when you meet Charlie and Tami is that they really care about why you came through the door. They will listen to you, share their stories, and establish a bond right away that allows you to trust their experience and expertise so that you know no matter what your goals are, they’re there to help you achieve them.
Elite Performance sets itself apart by offering semi-private sessions that focus on going beyond the training you’ll do in the studio. They offer wellness coaching and nutrition advice that will aid anyone from high school students looking to push their training to the next level, to adults looking to lose weight and get rid of nagging injuries. Charlie and Tami are both certified by The National Academy of Sports Medicine. Together, they are accredited in performance enhancement, nutrition, and behavioral change, all of which they use on each client to get the most out of everyone that they train.
For more information about Elite Performance, visit http://www.eliteperformanceonline.com/.
I just wrapped up my 21 Day Kickstart program with Kelly of Iron Mobility Fitness (IMF) and, as promised, I wanted to share my experience and a special offer from IMF!
Check out my kickoff review here to understand what the program included. To be totally transparent, I told Kelly from the beginning that personal training wasn't my favorite and that I wasn't going to change up my workouts. I was already doing CrossFit twice a week, spinning once, yoga once, and then adding in a cardio/strength day for a total of 5 workouts a week. I love my group fitness classes that I participate in, so I thought that the at home workouts from Train Heroic weren't going to fit in my plan.
However, I did train with Kelly twice at Powell Fitness. Both times I trained with her, I could hardly walk the next day (the good kind of sore!). Those 60 minute sessions kicked my butt and I had fun with her while doing them, which is something I've rarely been able to say before after working with a personal training.
Early on in the program, Kelly really dialed in on my nutrition. As a vegetarian, I eat pretty healthy and I thought I was fueling my body properly. But, I wasn't getting nearly as much protein as I should and I was eating similar portion sizes as my husband. Kelly gave me a macronutrient plan to follow that included over 100 grams of protein a day. This was the biggest shift in my diet over the three week period.
Kelly also suggested that I incorporate more cardio in my workouts simply by adding another one or two 30 minute runs or spins a week.
At the conclusion of the 21 days, I was down 6 lbs and .8% in body fat. I considered this a big success and attribute the weight loss to the cardio and nutrition guidance from Kelly. If I would have followed her training program more intensely, I'm sure my results would have been even greater!
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The thought of Crossfit scared me, which I think is probably a common feeling for anyone who hasn’t ever done that sort of workout. Crossfit gym’s are “cliquey,” the workouts involve moves I don’t know, the lingo is confusing, and the people in there are probably so far ahead of me both physically and with the workouts that I’ll never catch up. All these thoughts and doubts raced through my mind as I walked through the door and met Darin, the owner of Crossfit 928.
Let me preface this by saying I had toyed with the idea of Crossfit over a year ago, but a bad first experience at a bad gym left a bad taste in my mouth. Once we moved to Powell, I figured I’d give it another shot at a different gym. I won’t say I was immediately put at ease when I walked into 928, but I liked Darin. He looked the part of a Crossfit gym owner; workout gear and a few visible tattoos, and a shaved head (is this a thing?).
He talked me through the program and pricing, then had me stretch out as I was about to get my first taste of a crossfit “WOD.” I was surprised to see that the gym wasn’t full of hard bodies like I’d imagined (though there were some), but “normal” looking people who weren’t trying to compete in the Crossfit Games, but rather just wanted to get a great workout.
As for the program, I would have to complete a three-class “foundations” course that would pair me one-on-one with a trainer so I could learn the movements for classes. Even after completing the foundations class, I was still a little hesitant on some of the moves, but I had a good idea of what to do and the trainers are always moving around the class and helping to correct people’s form and make sure they get the most out of their workouts. I struggled through that first workout, but I remember how much fun the class was and how welcoming people at Crossfit 928 were as they tried to get to know me.
Thanks to Darin and Crossfit 928, I’m not as intimidated to walk into a new gym or studio and try something new. I’ve kept up with Crossfit, and am happy to say that while I still confuse some of the names of the specific lifts I have to do, my form and confidence level has greatly improved, as has my figure and self-confidence. I don’t think I’m anywhere close to the level as some of the top performers in the classes, but I’ve learned that I am ultimately competing with myself to get better. My wife Kelly also goes and she loves it too. There are lots of women there and they all feel comfortable working out...no creeps or judgements.
One of the best things about Crossfit 928 is the multitude of classes and times available at their Powell location. They offer both Crossfit and cardio-heavy “Burn” classes that are both included on the membership. Every Saturday morning, there is a team competition workout that allows me to get to know different people in the gym, and get a great workout in a competitive environment.
For anyone new to Crossfit like I was, or even experienced Crossfitters looking for something a little different, Crossfit 928 is a great place to check out. It’s as low-pressure of a gym experience as I’ve ever had. The coaches are extremely helpful, knowledgeable, and they want to get to know your story and help you push you past your comfort zone.
Crossfit 928 just moved to a new space in Powell. Check them out and get your first week for free!
Admittedly, I'm a group class workout junkie. I've tried most group fitness options in town and I have it narrowed down to my favorites. Personal training has never appealed to me, and I've had nothing but bad (and expensive!) experiences in the past. So, when Kelly Cox with Iron Mobility Fitness asked that I give 21-Day Fix Kickstart program a try, I was hesitant, but open to having my perception changed.
The program consists of:
Before Week 1: Prework emailed
o We will conduct an Initial Assessment (measurements), questionnaires are reviewed, nutrition guidelines are introduced, and you will receive a 21-day calendar based on what days work best for you each week.
o One face to face Workout
o Two Train Heroic Workouts
o Outcome and Behavioral Goals meeting
o One face to face Workout
o Two Train Heroic Workout
o 30 minute Nutrition Check up Meeting #1 and Reassessments (end of week)
o One face to face Workout
o Two Train Heroic Workouts
I went to Kelly's new office for the kick off meeting. While we met, she took the time to go through all of my papers and looked at all of my answers to really understand who I am and what I enjoy. She asked specific questions about my current fitness regimen, and really dove into my eating habits. She also looked at my mobility, used some specific exercises, and took down my weight and body fat percentages.
We talked about my specific goals and she created a plan based on those goals. This is important because in my past experience, I've noticed that trainers typically use a one size fits all approach. Kelly has nutrition AND personal training experience and a fantastic way of being able to explain things clearly, which makes her much more valuable as a coach.
My goals for the 21 days include:
Kelly gave me an eating plan based on a 2,000 calorie diet, broken down into macros (30% protein, 30% fat, 40% carb), as well as a sample day of meals (I'm vegetarian and the samples she gave were also vegetarian. Seems like an obvious thing to do but I was surprised and pleased that she went that extra effort).
I'm only a week into the 21 day fix, but I've already changed my eating habits and had a really great workout with her. She gave me access to Train Heroic, an app where she sends workouts to her clients weekly. I haven't checked into this much yet because I'm still doing Crossfit and yoga multiple times a week, but plan to dive into it more next week.
So far, Kelly has been able to turn my negative attitude toward personal trainers into a more positive attitude and I really think I'm going to reap the benefits from this 21 day program. I promise to share my results in two weeks right here on the blog!
Learn more about Iron Mobility Fitness here.
Ryan and Kelly of Sweat Local Columbus