Archive for June, 2012

Fitness Plus New Gym

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

831 National Ave.
Lexington, KY 40502

June 11, 2012
Day One in the new facility at 831 National Avenue in Lexington, Kentucky. We said goodbye on June 8 to our previous gym on N. Ashland Avenue (served us very well for 10 years!)  and opened the doors of the new Fitness Plus on June 11.

Sheila Kalas, owner of Fitness Plus, made adaptive use of an old warehouse for the new facility. The new place on National Avenue is hip, it’s green, it’s local.  Shoutout to Blake Eames Design for making the interior pretty and to Randy Walker and Walker Properties for construction.

The new 3,200-square-foot Fitness Plus  is contemporary. Rafters, an industrial skylight, polished concrete floor.  It’s pretty cool.

There are four treatment rooms, a mezzanine level for office space and a large parking lot.  Wellness services offered at Fitness Plus include:

* 15 personal trainers, each of whom has a bachelor’s or master’s degree in exercise physiology or a related field; personal training at Fitness Plus is on a one-on-one basis, with no membership fees or contracts

* massage therapy

* physical therapy

* acupuncture and stress relief with Blue Lotus Health & Acupuncture, owned by Ramon and Arwen Careaga

* Sally Chapman of Human Touch Medical Massage Therapy, a nurse practitioner who specializes in neuromuscular work

* Kentucky Association of Wellness Professionals. Founded in 2011 by Sheila Kalas and Kelly Cecil, KAWP is an organization for wellness providers. KAWP is encouraging state officials to legislate accreditation and licensing programs for personal trainers and other professionals who offer wellness services to the public. The members of KAWP are held to professional standards for the safety and trust of consumers.

* Fitness Plus also supports local agriculture and is a purchase/pick up location for Brookview Farm, who offers both locally raised grass-fed beef and farm-fresh eggs.
Photo gallery of the before, during and after of our new digs:






Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

Rob Sweet

One in three kids is obese, and by 2020 half our country is estimated to be grossly overweight.

Parents have taught their children about financial wellness and the need for a good education, but have failed miserably in health and wellness education.  Let’s get to the youth of America while we still have a chance to head off the epidemic of type two diabetes that will not only hinder our bodies, but will put a strain on our personal and national debt.

Good health education starts at home with parents encouraging, teaching, and modeling proper nutrition and exercise.  Yes, schools provide some exercise, but physical education and the arts are usually among the first cuts to the K-2 curriculum.

So now, parents, its crunch time in more ways than one.  What can you as do to educate your children about physical wellness?

Start your child in various physical activities at a young age.  Respect that kids don’t like the same things as other kids or even you, the parent. Make sure you expose them to a variety of team and individual activities so they can discover what they like.  Do all kids have to play organized sports?  No, the world of dance offers classes from ballet to hip-hop to ballroom.

Make your home a sports complex.  Like most kids in Kentucky, I grew up with a basketball goal beside the driveway.  I also had a clubhouse with a ladder to the second floor, a zip-line, and a swing-set.  Any one of these things would have been enough, especially if the garage were stacked with the equipment necessary to play these games.  Heck, my mom even had a croquet set I could use.

As the child grows, as early as 10 or 11 you can enroll them with a personal trainer.  No, boys can’t really weight train properly until they pass the Hair Test (i.e., they begin to sprout body hair), but if they learn the proper techniques early, they won’t hurt themselves later.  Youth coaches may well be able to teach your kid to hit a free throw or a curve ball, but few have taken the necessary coursework to learn about effective strategies with plyometrics, resistance bands, or body weight exercises.

Look at the future and act in the present.