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New Way to Get in Shape

A local gym/physical therapy group offers a new way to get in shape.                   
If you'd like to get in better shape, but  you're not thrilled about working with conventional weights and exercise machines, you may want to consider another form of training.

ProCare Health and Fitness Clinics operate physical therapy clinics and gyms throughout the region, and now their newest program combines the two components.

You  don't need to be in great shape to start out with PC Fit, but the routine gets more challenging as you go along. The class size is limited to allow for  one on one training--important when you bring together people of all fitness levels.   

Trainer and Class Instructor James Fels says, "you can be in any type of shape.  You can be in advanced, somebody who's a professional cyclist, all the way down to somebody who just wants to lose a few pounds, get back into shape."

Caleb  Sloan looks like a good example of someone who's in shape, but when he started PC Fit, four months ago, he carried another 75 pounds on his frame.
 
As he remembers, "when I first started I was like I don't have a clue what I'm going."

But that feeling didn't last long, according to Fels. "He jumped right in with both feet. He excelled from the beginning and his results stand for themselves."

Fels  worked with Caleb on the  exercises and his diet. "It's just a great change for life.  I feel great I  mean anyone can do it, " Caleb says.

One of Caleb's favorites, rope training, aims to build power, strength, and cardio. Other unusual looking routines for core and strength training  include the pogo hop, mule kick and woodchops.

"We tend to get a lot of difficult looks sometimes when we explain the specific exercises we're going to do," Fels says. "But it doesn't take long for someone who knows what they want, someone that's goal-oriented, to reach those goals."
 
Runner Jess Hollen joined PC Fit classes to train for a Warrior Dash competition this summer.  It's a mud-crawling, fire-leaping, extreme 5k run.

"You hit every single muscle group and you get cardio in one hour," she says.  "I feel great. I go in and shower and I feel energized for the rest of my day."
 
There are modifications for every exercise, which helps if you're not in particularly good shape to start with, or you have medical issues.
 
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