A different type of workout

19 Jan

By ALEX MATTHEWS — The Post-Star | Posted: Tuesday, January 19, 2010 1:30 am

Fifteen years ago, a Tylenol commercial gave personal trainer Todd Smith the inspiration to start a business.

“(There was) a trainer getting out of his van, going to people’s houses to train them,” he recalled inside his center, Fitness in Motion. “…I had never seen anything like that around here.”

He came up with his own house-to-house personal training, towing a trailer with weights and a few portable machines around Queensbury and Lake George.

Within a year and a half, Smith, who previously worked at Adirondack Nautilus, had about 15 clients and decided to settle his business in one location. Now less than a mile away from his original space in the Mt. Royal Plaza on Route 9, Smith offers group personal training in his building across from Queensbury Tire.

Back in junior high, my weight-lifting regimen began with Smith, who assists ages 10 to 80. My mother took me to Fitness in Motion three times a week, and there, I’d embark on his hour-long, ever-changing circuit while he loaded the weights and gave me pointers on proper form.

Instead of being thrown into an intimidating gym setting and left to my own devices, I received guidance and technical tips that I still use. Best of all, the attention is divided and unobtrusive, as Smith and his wife, Cheryl, help four to six people at a time.

The division also drives down the price from an average $50 per hour for 1-on-1 training to $12 per hour for the group, Smith said.

“(It) was more economic,” he said. “This way, I can train a lot more people. I actually make a little more than I was, but the clients save.”

After nearly a decade since my last visit, I ventured back to Fitness in Motion for a muscle-burning workout.

Smith showed me to the infamous white board, a to-do list of cardio, agility exercises, weight lifting, and core and balance training. Some days, it features one long circuit, others are broken up and shorter, and sometimes three sets of the same exercise are clumped together.

“Every time we come in, we do something different,” he said, explaining that prevents boredom while targeting various body parts. “There are trainers in this country that change their workout every three months. … That’s unbelievable to me.”

My circuit called for 10 exercises divided into groups of two, which were each repeated three times. The core pushup squat worked my arms and balance on a stability board, and the side squat on an unfamiliar functional training machine was not easy.

“One of the things I say to people all the time is, ‘The only way you improve balance is in a safe, unstable environment,’ ” Smith said.

Everyone needs a push to reap results, and it helps if someone spots your fall.

Original story: http://poststar.com/sports/a-different-type-of-workout/article_26f0e284-04c4-11df-a48d-001cc4c002e0.html#ixzz1Rwt2b9qu

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