Ricky Lowry, a group and personal trainer at Health Climb, doesn’t just want to develop an exercise plan for you.
He wants to help you develop a whole new life.
“We try to teach you our philosophy and our techniques,” Lowry said. “We basically try to teach you a whole new lifestyle.”
Health Climb opened in January. Lowry, as well as owner and trainer Justin Wilson, played sports through high school and college, which set them on a path of physical fitness. Lowry has been training for four years, Wilson for seven.
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Lowry said what makes Health Climb unique is that someone at any fitness level can come in and they will design a program for that person.
Then as others with a similar fitness level show interest, a class will form, meeting on days and times (usually after 7 p.m.) that work best for the group.
In addition to the workout, Lowry and Wilson teach nutrition, take weight and body-fat measurements and help their clients set goals.
Benefits of Health Climb’s group fitness training class include “having a more balanced body, better functionality, a stronger body, more (flexibility), higher energy levels and (being) more capable of every day movements,” said Lowry.
The Workout: It’s hard to describe because fitness level and personal goals play a part in determining the cycle of the class. Two days per week, a group of no more than five or six meet to train. Exercises include everything from incline pushups to squats to hip dips to hopping in place. Resistance bands, medicine balls, cardiovascular machines and weights are used in varying capacities.
Sweat Factor: The combination of cardiovascular activity, strength and flexibility training worked up a pretty good sweat but not as intense as some of the more cardio-focused programs.
Difficulty Level: None of the exercises were terribly difficult to understand. The instructors are very aware of each group member, ensuring proper form and technique to avoid injury. They also offer options if any one task is too difficult or too easy.
Average Calories Burned: Because the intensity level and focus of the class changes from session to session, it’s hard to determine the average calories burned. Most sessions include strength training though, so expect the afterburn effect — your repairing muscles will continue to burn calories after the session is complete.
Commitment: None, really. There are no memberships at Health Climb. The most you’ll commit to is a six-week training program, which requires the full payment in advance. Classes are $15 each, or $180 for a twice-a-week, six-week long program.
Perks: One-on-one attention that most gyms and clubs only offer in (often expensive) personal training.
“If you’re a beginner, you don’t have to worry about a bunch of eyes on you,” said Lowry. “(There is also) the camaraderie of a small class.”
The Afterglow: No soreness immediately after the workout, but as soon as I got up the next morning I felt tight through my obliques (abdominal muscles that run down either side of the torso). Later on that day I noticed some soreness in my chest and shoulders as well. But again, as each session is different, varying body parts will be worked and the body will get stronger, thus less soreness.