Spirit Fitness Training Launches "Group ON"

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Austin, Texas gym uses community buying power to build a healthy and active community.

As virtually connected as we are, there really isn’t an “app” human interaction and you can have as many avatars as you want, but there isn’t an app for exercise either. We started our Group ON programs to encourage community and fitness.”

A neighborhood gym focused on community, Spirit Fitness Training brings people together to improve health and fitness. Owner, Joanne Blackerby holds strong to her belief that the key to fitness is community. “As virtually connected as we are, there really isn’t an “app” for human interaction and you can have as many avatars as you want, but there isn’t an app for exercise either. We started our Group ON programs to encourage community and fitness.”

"Spirit Fitness Training workout are progressive and dynamic. Functional Fitness tools like TRX, ViPR, medicine balls, and foam rollers are not only effective, they encourage interaction between clients and trainers."

With Group ON! individuals motivate each other to improve their own level fitness and the fitness studio rewards their motivation with reduced rates. “We want you to get your group moving!” says owner, Joanne Blackerby. “Individual membership dues and training fees are reduced with every person signing up as a part of your group -family, friends, coworkers who ever you can choose. This is a whole new take on the power of community purchasing power. You pay less not to get the same, but rather to get more.”

Blackerby says, “We don’t just want you to bring a buddy, we want you to help us build a community. You’d be amazed by how many people drop out of their fitness programs due to lack of social support. Gym memberships, purchased with good intentions, go unused when people dread the same workouts week after week and lack the understanding of how to manage a fitness program.”

Community is the key word. There are many factors that contribute to an individual’s adherence to an exercise program - and social support is a big one. People are more likely to stick with an exercise program if they feel a sense of support and recognition of their challenges and achievements. It’s not particularly fun to go the gym alone, put on your headset and run like a hamster on a wheel. With our Group On! small group training guarantees the individual a sense of belonging, recognition of efforts and a role in our gym community.

Blackerby says, "Our programming is a huge factor in our client’s success. We encourage small group training and people form relationships with others who may have different fitness challenges but who enjoy similar feelings of accomplishment and camaraderie."

"Our training programs are highly instructive," says Blackerby. "As clients learn new skills and movements it is only natural for them to communicate with one another and with us. They keep each other accountable for their participation and progress."

Client education is a big factor to adherence. It takes a specific skill set to work with fitness groups. The fitness trainer’s job is to build group cohesion, and to educate group members. "We want clients’ to have a strong sense of ownership of their fitness regimens. They are encouraged them to ask questions, learn more about their fitness program and set clear and measurable fitness goals."

Spirit Fitness Training client, Jennifer Watts, says, “Everyone wants to feel like the are a part of something - that they contribute in some way. You want to be missed when you miss a workout and have that feeling of connection with others. When you devote time to workouts and your fitness program, you want to be sure that the time is valuable and productive."

Spirit Fitness Training is a professional Fitness training and consulting facility in Austin, Texas. Locally owned, and locally grown, Spirit Fitness Training is committed to improving quality of life through progressive and functional group fitness training programs.

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