Don't sit, get fit
SUN PHOTO/PAT COPELAND
From left, Ellen Riley, Tim Sheffstall, Kassy Sheffstall and
Amenda Martinez welcome members of the community to
stop by, meet them and see their shop.
It seems like everyone you talk to these days is either trying to lose that extra 20 or more pounds they’ve been carrying around for decades or is making a better effort at getting fit.
Whether you have a medical reason you’re worried about or you just want to get back into those skinny jeans, Anna Maria Island Health and Fitness Center can help you get your health and body back on track.
The first thing I noticed when I walked into AMI Health and Fitness weren’t the hard bodies usually found at fitness centers but rather the softer bodies typical of many of Anna Maria Island residents. Kip Lalosh, one of the personal trainers, confirmed that two-thirds of their members are over 51 years of age and one-third of these members are over 61. Because of this demographic, the personal trainers at AMI Health and Fitness focus on medical and weight control for 90 percent of their 250 members.
The fitness center is structured with the goal of continually offering programs and services to fit the needs of the community. They accomplish this through a team approach of personal training, group fitness classes, cardio equipment, circuit training, free weights, weight loss programs and a senior fitness curriculum. They are equally skilled at rehabilitative training for seniors and sports training for kids.
Besides Lalosh, John Monteforte and Stephanie Belill are certified personal trainers, Grace Sawyer is the general and front desk manager, and Karen Iannello is the group fitness coordinator. Other instructors provide specialized classes like Zumba, Ball Sculpt and Sit n Fit and Stephanie Belill’s canine companion, Lucy, is their mascot.
The fitness center will be celebrating its one year anniversary on Wednesday, Aug. 25. During this all day event, membership and personal training specials will be offered including “enroll for $1 and your first month is free” membership special and other events. Wrapping up the day’s celebration will be a wine tasting and hors d’oeuvres party, including entertainment for all Island residents and guests starting at 5:30 p.m.
In addition to all their other services, team members havebeen challenging the community with their Weight Loss Challenge Program. So far, the participants have lost 325 pounds, and the winners will be announced at their one year anniversary party. They will be starting a new weight loss challenge in January which is great time to begin getting off those extra holiday pounds.
They point out that their rates are very affordable and very flexible. There are daily, weekly and monthly rates available, and they never charge an enrollment fee or ask you to sign a contract. You can just walk in and take a class or make a bigger commitment. There is a membership to fit everyone’s’ needs and schedule.
Team members would like to thank the community for their support during this first year. They were thrilled to be voted best fitness center in 2010 by the Sun readers in its annual Reader’s Choice Awards contest and appreciate the honor.
Everyone at the fitness Center is genuinely sincere in wanting to help people get fit. They provide a space where men and women of all ages can come in, feel comfortable and start working on achieving their goals. The first step is always the hardest but the team at Anna Maria Iasland Health and Fitness Center can make the second one easy. Remember it’s all about the quality of your life.
Anna Maria Island Health and Fitness Center
S & S Plaza
5364 Gulf Drive, Holmes Beach
Monday-Thursday: 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Friday: 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Expanded hours starting Oct. 15
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