Thursday, April 2, 2009

A ‘Fitness Together’ Tune-Up

“Finding a coupon for a FREE consultation and training session at one of’s advertisers made your correspondent lace up her Sauconys for a one-hour appointment at ‘Fitness Together’ located in Davidson Commons adjacent to PostNet. What a delightful hour to find out that geriatric muscles still had a little life left in them and furthermore to get to meet owner, Jeff Heal. Born and raised in New Jersey, Jeff graduated from East Stroudsburg University where he ran hurdles, 4×4 relays and was a nationally ranked high jumper. Following college he coached high school track and field for eight years and worked in personal training before running Parisi Health Club in New Jersey. Visiting family in the Mooresville area made Jeff and his wife, Christine, think about moving to North Carolina. He soon interviewed with Rick and Mike who offer The Link 107.9 radio Saturday morning workout and also opened the first “Fitness Together” studio in Charlotte. Jeff was hooked and of the 12 ‘FT’ locations in the Charlotte metro area, Jeff now owns two: the Davidson’s franchise as well as the location in Kenton Place in Cornelius. He and his wife and their two young sons, Aiden (3 1/2) and Eric (2) live in the new Waterlyn subdivision in Mt. Mourne. They love North Carolina weather, are Tar Heel fans (and also NY Jets enthusiasts), and find small town living just right. Asking how Fitness Together differs from the ‘Y’ or Snap Fitness, Jeff explained that his focus is ‘1 Client, 1 Trainer, 1 Goal.’ All exercise sessions are one-on-one with a trainer and by appointment only in private “training suites.’ Nutrition is stressed and the focus is on the client in a comfortable environment. Jeff partners with a nighttime trainer, Charles Briner, who covers late afternoon and evening sessions. Hours are 6 a.m.-9 p.m., Monday-Friday and 6 a.m.-3 p.m. on Saturday.”

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