EDUCATIONAL FITNESS To Help You Meet Your Goals BY TORI STAFFORD PHOTOS AMANDA GARREAU
eople often say to ‘work smarter, not harder,’ but this adage is often overlooked when it comes to personal fitness. It is this educational element most gyms and fitness studios fail to consider just as often as the clients who frequent their classes. But at Focus Personal Fitness, education and comprehension are first and foremost. This gym’s philosophy stresses the importance of “a smarter workout, not a harder workout,” explains Renee Whitney, owner of Focus Personal Fitness. “A lot of what I’m seeing in the fitness industry today is this whole mentality that exercising is meant to punish your body,” she says. “Differing
fitness levels are ignored and people are jumping right into doing the hardest variation of an exercise for no better reason than it’s simply harder.”
and knowing what truly works for the client. It is also a ‘home away from home’ for the clients she and her team work with every day.
At Focus, the trainers don’t build from that philosophy. Their fitness programming is a progressive process for each individual they train. “We begin by strengthening them structurally, so that they are nourishing and doing healthy things for their bodies,” says Whitney.
In their warm and friendly atmosphere, right on the waterfront at the historic Woolen Mill, the staff members of Focus Personal Fitness offer personal training for a one-on-one experience that encourages both the client and the trainer to communicate openly and tackle any concerns that arise during workouts. Each client’s programming is customdesigned to target individual issues and goals. “We design programs to help strengthen them and improve their body awareness,” Whitney says of the personal
A certified personal trainer and group workout instructor, Whitney has more than 20 years of experience in the personal fitness industry. Focus Personal Fitness is a culmination of her experience,