ST. CLAIRSVILLE-Remember the New Year's resolutions about getting in shape, eating healthier and trying something new? The Source Fitness Center can make those resolutions a whole lot easier to keep.
Brothers Justin and Stefan Green have put together a collection of services and equipment that has something for everyone and where the possibilities are "limitless." If an erratic schedule is the problem, this gym is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Services include personal training by appointment, speed training, workouts with flex bands, cross-fit training and general and athletic nutritional counseling by a certified nutritionist.
The center, located in the lower level of the Green Associates building in St. Clairsville, is split into three training areas, all with flat screen televisions. One room is full of state-of-the-art treadmills, elliptical machines, stationary bikes, a step machine and several plate-loaded, full-body weight machines. The treadmills are iPod-ready and have built-in iPod chargers as well. Justin explained that the treadmills also offer a unique feature for athletes involved in speed training: a decline setting up to a 3-percent grade with speed of up to 15 miles per hour.
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BUSINESS OWNERS and brothers Stefan, left, and Justin Green have opened The Source Fitness Center with personalized workouts and state of the art equipment, open 24 hours, seven days a week.
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THE CROSS-FIT room is designed for training techniques that utilize the client’s body weight for resistance.
This room was designed as a comfortable space for those not interested in heavy weight training or lifting, especially women. The weight machines here allow for a full body workout without the intensity of the barbells and body-building atmosphere.
There is, though, a full-scale, custom-designed weight room for those who are interested. Justin has taken what he's learned as an athlete and certified personal trainer to create stations that help other athletes improve performance. "I've always been involved in sports, and I just got passionate about fitness," he said. He's traveled to gyms throughout the United States looking at trends and equipment to bring back what he feels is the best and most effective.
One is a platform for power lifts and cleans. Flex bands can be added to the barbells for increased resistance and working more muscle groups simultaneously. Another station unique to The Source is the free motion machine, a combination of weights and pulls in adjustable settings that give the user a thorough muscle workout.
The third room is a cross-fit training area, the only one in the Ohio Valley. Here flex bands, harnesses, jump ropes, a punching bag and a large monkey bar frame assist clients in using their own body weight as a training tool. Justin has been certified by Jump Stretch, the producer of flex bands. The room also has a DVD player and flat screen giving clients the option of doing a P90 workout or bringing a favorite yoga or aerobics workout DVD from home to warm up or cool down.
"The center is designed to attract and accommodate anyone from all walks of life and any age. I'm working with a client right now who's over 80 years old," Justin noted.
After the workout, showers are available in both men's and women's locker rooms, and there is a specialty purified drinking water dispenser available for those who bring their own bottles. Justin and Stefan run the facility at 156 Woodrow Ave., on the corner of South Marietta Street. It is a "key" center, where members are issued secure key cards for entrance, but someone is on premises from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. daily. Surveillance cameras monitor the gym at all times. Memberships are on a month-to-month basis with no contracts. Monthly fees are automatically deducted from the client's bank account.
They hope to have an open house in April or May, but anyone interested can contact The Source Fitness Center at (740) 695-0215 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Though The Source has just opened, Justin is already in the process of adding kettle bells and applicable workouts to the services.
"I noticed how my body felt as an athlete and how good I felt eating healthier," he said. "Now I want to help other people feel better."
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