January 8, 2010

Getting Fit for a New Year

For many people, the start of the New Year means starting off a born-again fitness kick. And for most of those people, that means dusting off the running shoes, going to the gym and figuring out a routine to try for a month or so.

As Fry Family YMCA Director of Health and Wellness Mark Savar explains, it’s really not that easy—you can’t expect a quick fix for fitness.

“The January members who have New Year’s resolutions, they try very hard for a month,” Savar said. “They don’t see significant results and decide, ‘Well, I tried and it didn’t work so I don’t have time for that.’”

This is where the Y and Savar’s MaxTraining System hope to come into play. The system combines exercise and nutrition along with a personalized plan and a personal trainer.

For former MaxTraining client and current Fry YMCA trainer Aashma Dalal, the difference in the MaxTraining program and other workout programs is the personal connection a trainer has with his or her client.

“We have this 24/7 program that we call that the trainer always gives their email address and clients can call and email them anytime,” Dalal said.

According to both Savar and Dalal, it’s that personal touch that makes clients feel comfortable in the program and ultimately succeed.

Fry member and MaxTraining client Shailaja Santhanam is an example of that. She originally signed up for the program with a short-term commitment, has lost fourteen pounds in two months and plans on renewing once her first commitment comes to an end.

“I think in the short term that I’ve known (Dalal), I would say I count her as one of my biggest blessings,” said Santhanam. “I have never felt so good about myself and it’s really great . . . I can talk to her openly and she’s tough when it comes to training but I really enjoy it.”

That’s something that makes Savar happy to hear, and he hopes the word of mouth from this program will blossom to kick start his new fitness program for the new year—“Extreme Meltdown, Body Edition.”


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