Two new area businesses are banking on New Year's resolutions that may need a little help.
If fitness was a goal for 2005 and those ambitions to get up early and work out at home are fizzling, there are other options beyond the gym.
Sherry Johnson started her business, It's Fit for You, personalized in-home training with free consultations, just after Thanksgiving. Johnson goes to homes and businesses and works with individuals on their own equipment or provides it. She does a physical evaluation to see where clients are in relation to strength and eating habits. Individuals have their own fitness goals so Johnson said she works with them to develop their own plan.
Johnson, Merrifield, attended the Cooper Institute in Texas for hands-on testing after completing a home-study course for several months. Johnson is focusing her business on the Brainerd, Crosslake, Nisswa and Crosby areas and has been working with the Hallett Community Center in Crosby to get people in for mini-training sessions.
Johnson said clients have a variety of plans to choose from and can pick from a menu of options. Eight-week sessions are about $180. Or clients who want a personal trainer but do not have a plan they want can choose an hourly rate. Johnson charges $35 per hour.
Stephanie Warwas opened Weigh USA, rapid weight loss center, in November on Excelsior Road in Baxter. The program focuses on weight loss with a low-carbohydrate, high-protein diet.
Warwas started the business with her mother, a licensed practical nurse, after she moved back to Minnesota from Colorado about six years ago. Warwas said she lost about 65 pounds but did not find a program in the state that matched her needs so she started her own. The Baxter business is her third center.
The business started in 1999. Weigh USA centers opened in Buffalo and Sauk Rapids. When Warwas moved to Brainerd in October, the other centers were sold to former clients.
She said the center's concept is based on clients meeting directly with the center's owners/operators. A free first consultation session is offered. Once clients are part of the program they meet with Warwas twice a week. She said the program looks at nutrition and proper portion sizes. Clients make their own food but take protein supplements three times a day.
Clients have ranged in age from 13 to 78, Warwas said.
Once people establish a nutrition program they are encouraged to exercise as well, but Weigh USA is primarily looking at an individual's diet. Warwas said clients normally see a weight loss of about a half-pound a day or about 3.5 pounds per week.
Warwas offers a free lifetime maintenance program with consultations once clients have reached their weight goals so they have continued support to keep the weight off.
She said programs vary from three to six to 12 months and range in price from $139 to $319 with a variety of discounts available at various times. The protein supplement averages $1.76 per package for use three times a day.
Warwas said people can be successful in achieving long-term weight loss.
"Those who try hard -- like with anything else -- will succeed on this," she said.
Well, at least those who are stumbling on the road to better fitness in 2005 have a few more options.
RENEE RICHARDSON, senior reporter, can be reached at email@example.com or 855-5852.
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