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Nov
1

A CONVERSATION WITH TOTAL GYM FOUNDER – TOM CAMPANARO

Tom Campanaro (Web)Tom Campanaro, the founder of Total Gym, joined the ranks of  ”Gym Class: Heroes of Fitness,” when he sat down with Motionsoft’s Hossein Noshirvani & Leigh Kessler for their weekly podcast to discuss his journey in making Total Gym a recognized name in fitness.

The driving force behind the brand that’s now in over 14,000 physical therapy clinics, health clubs, hospitals and fitness centers as well as in more than 4 million homes world-wide, Tom tells how he came up with the concept of Total Gym and shares some funny stories of how he developed Total Gym into the well-known brand it is today.

Discover how dentistry and sex therapy actually played a part in building the brand. And find out what advice Tom has for entrepreneurs embarking on their own path.

 

 

Oct
4

A CONVERSATION WITH TOTAL GYM PRESIDENT – JESSE CAMPANARO

JesseTotal Gym was founded by Tom Campanaro almost 40 years ago, making the company that first revolutionized functional body weight training older than its current President. But there’s no better person suited to take Total Gym into the next generation than Jesse Campanaro.

Making fitness a family affair has been the norm in the Campanaro household. As a kid, Jesse began helping to assemble units in their own garage, then graduated to selling units and now he’s taken the reigns and is leading the company he grew up with into the future.

Recently, Jesse spoke with Motionsoft’s Hossein Noshirvani & Leigh Kessler for their weekly podcast, “Gym Class: Heroes of Fitness,” which features unscripted interviews with the pioneers and innovators behind the best-known names in the fitness world.

Hear what Jesse had to say about growing up with the iconic fitness brand, where he see’s the fitness industry heading and how he plans to take Total Gym along for the ride.

Sep
16

THE UNIVERSITY OF ARKANSAS CHALLENGES THEIR STUDENT BODY WITH GRAVITY

The University of Arkansas was looking for something unique to offer their campus community when it came to health and fitness — so they turned to GRAVITY — the premier small group fitness program by Total Gym.

“We enjoy how you can do a variety of exercises on Total Gym and still be able to customize each GRAVITY workout to the participants’ skill level,” says Kristin Durant DeAngelo, Associate Director of Fitness Facilities. “With so many different modifications, it provides an excellent workout for every participant.”

Since bringing Total Gym into the state-of-the-art UREC Fitness Center, University of Arkansas students and faculty have gravitated towards small group training on Total Gym with their Zero GRAVITY program, a fee-based fitness program.

Limited to just 6 participants, the University of Arkansas’ Zero GRAVITY small group training offers a unique opportunity to explore a new dimension of fitness by blending Group Fitness with Personal Training. Small Group Training classes provide a specialized format, focusing on  individualized progression and skill development.  These programs are designed for those who are looking to be challenged with the combination of camaraderie, creative workouts and education on fitness techniques and wellness concepts. 

Learn more about the University of Arkansa’ Zero GRAVITY programming below. But first, a little Q&A with the U of A:

Q: How have your students responded to GRAVITY?
A: Overwhelmingly positive! They like the challenging workout it provides them.

Q: What do your students like about GRAVITY?
A: Our students enjoy the diversity GRAVITY gives. There are so many different exercises that constantly challenge you.

Q: What has been the biggest benefit of GRAVITY programming to your facility and your students?
A: The biggest benefit is the visibility it has given our University Recreation Fitness/Wellness Program. GRAVITY draws attention and also offers unique programming for our participants.

Apr
10

TOTAL GYM INSIDE: DREAMS ARE WHAT YOU MAKE OF THEM

wedding 1Walt Disney once said, “If you can dream it, you can do it.” I’ve found this to be true, but what he didn’t say is how much work goes into achieving a dream, something I know very well from experience and something I was recently reminded of.

Years ago, my daughter Shanan said “If I marry Nick it will be on Gili Meno.”

“Where I said?”

“Gili Meno. It’s just a two hour boat ride south of Bali.”

Well I’d heard of Bali, but Gile Meno? Turns out it’s a very small Indonesian island that you can walk around  in less than an hour.

A few years and a proposal later, my wife and I, joined by a few friends and family, watched as Shanan married Nick along the scenic shores of Gili Meno – the wedding she’d dreamed of.

You can imagine the amount of work that went into planning a wedding on such a remote island from our home base here in San Diego, but somehow we pulled it off, or more specifically, Shanan and my wife, Joy, pulled it off. From halfway around the world, and with the help of the fantastic Oberoi Hotels & Resorts, they managed to plan every detail from the flowers at the ceremony to the cake at the reception on Lombock island, a 15 minute boat ride from the ceremony.

photo 4What was once just a dream, became one of the most magnificent and memorable weddings I’ve ever attended.

Likewise, as I look back on almost 40 years in the fitness business, from the day when Total Gym was just a dream to where we stand today, a global leader in the industry, I can think of many, many people who dedicated their time and considerable talents to making Total Gym the success I  always knew it could be. From all the employees we’ve had over the years to national dealers and international distributors like, Perform Better, Patterson MedicalDynatronics , HQH fitness, Physical Company and Total Gym Germany and of course all of our customers – all I can say is Thank You for helping me reach my dream.

 

 

 

 

Mar
26

TUESDAY TESTIMONIAL: GRAVITY “LIVESTRONG” AT THE YMCA IN SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y.

In November 2012, the Saratoga Regional YMCA kicked off its pilot session of the GRAVITY “LIVESTRONG at the YMCA” program. “LIVESTRONG at the YMCA” is a 12-week small group exercise program for adults affected by cancer, under the guidance of specially trained health and wellness staff, and offered at no cost.Saratoga GAVITY 2

 

“We welcomed six survivors to our program and within the first few classes, realized we wanted to keep the group together during class as often as possible, but with such varying ability and fitness levels, it was difficult to do.

One of our instructors asked the group one day if they’d be willing to try GRAVITY on our Total Gym machines and they jumped on the opportunity. After one 30-minute session on the machines they were sold – and so were we! Total Gym machines allowed all the survivors to participate in the same activities, at the same time while remaining at their own ability and comfort level.  GRAVITY quickly became a staple of the program and several of the survivors plan to continue GRAVITY classes at our facility post-program.” –  Melissa McCreary, Group Health & Wellness Director

 

Saratoga GRAVITY“GRAVITY makes me feel younger – it allows me to do so much more on the machine like jumping and leg work that I cannot normally do because of my feet and balance issues. It leveled the playing field for all of us survivors. We could all do the same activity at the same time. Not to mention, it’s fun!” – Mary (survivor)

 

“In addition to being a good time, it’s a great workout. My mastectomy and reconstruction rendered my upper body weak. However after a few sessions on the Total Gym machines, I was able to increase my range of motion and strength. It’s a great alternative to the basic nautilus machines and free weights.” – Tracey (survivor)

Jan
8

TUESDAY TESTIMONIAL: CUSTOMER SATISFACTION

A a global company, we work closely with a number of international distributors to deliver our world-class products and services to home consumers, commercial fitness professionals and health & wellness practitioners. It is our mission to ensure that everyone who we work with receives the highest level of service  and individual attention possible, not only from us but from our carefully selected team of distributors.

So we had to share this truly wonderful testimonial given to our Canadian dealer, STAK Fitness.

Thank you STAK Fitness, for continuing to provide the level of excellence we ourselves strive for everyday!

I want to let you know that I am impressed with the customer service and professionalism of everyone at Stak Fitness and Total Gym. It’s on rare occasion these days that businesses even care about customer satisfaction, never mind deliver on it, and it is rare to find businesses that are run with integrity and values. I have been very pleased with every aspect of my dealings with Stak Fitness and Total Gym since my first inquiries beginning in 2009 with Bonnie Lee, to meeting Roz in Toronto last summer, with Helen for the GRAVITY training and with you for setting up the training and for your assistance. The information on theTotal Gym website, the marketing help and materials, the GRAVITY DVD’s, instructor training videos on the website and even the GRAVITY training manual have all contributed immensely in making my addition of the Total Gyms a positive and rewarding experience.

 I can’t thank all of you enough for that!

Thanks again.

 Judy Cooper

MetaFitness & Wellness Center

Oct
16

TUESDAY TESTIMONIAL: A PICTURE’S WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS

Total Gym user Thomas LaConte sent us this “Then and Now” picture with a caption that read, “One satisfied customer!”

We think he looks great! Keep up the good work Thomas!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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