Hi, itâ€™s Bonnie, back from another East coast excursion!
This time I had the opportunity to attend the Mideast Regional AYP (Association of YMCA Professionals) Conference in Philadelphia, PA, where I got to meet violin virtuoso Roddy Chong â€“ the eventâ€™s keynote speaker.
Roddy, an inspirational public speaker who has toured with Celine Dion and Shania Twain, spoke about â€œFinding and Pursuing Your Passion.â€ His speech, had a profound effect on me.
His passion helped reinvigorate my enthusiasm for serving the YMCA community.
Here at Total Gym, we abide by â€œThe P DIF,â€ the affectionate acronym we’ve coined to describe our core values: Trustworthiness, Honor, Excellence, Passion, Discipline, Innovation and Fun! Normally Iâ€™m focused on the â€œFunâ€ aspect of â€œTHE P DIF,â€ but after spending time surrounded by impassioned Y professionals who exude a sincere enthusiasm for their work and after hearing Roddy not only speak, but perform, I realize that having fun is fine, but having passion is truly powerful.
Roddy reminded everyone to constantly ask themselves, â€œAm I checked out right now, or plugged in?â€
I want to be â€œplugged in.â€ I want to help better serve the Yâ€™s in achieving their mission.
We’ve been serving the YMCA community since 2003, when we launched our commercial-grade equipment into the health club market. Our equipment is now in use at more than 30 YMCA facilities across the U.S. and Canada! Most YMCAâ€™s use our Flagship Line of multi-purpose machines for GRAVITY programming, which is small group personal training geared at strength training and Pilates. But since the inception of the Elevate Line this year, we have countless new YMCA customers that are utilizing this series of intuitive single purpose units on the gym floor for members to use in their own workouts. Â
Every single Y is different, and every single wellness center in the Y is different. Now, with our two lines of equipment, we are able to better serve whatever need that is. Whether that is retaining membership through programming that yields healthy results and brings in additional revenue, drawing a younger demographic with functional training, or providing a platform for cancer survivors to safely exercise using only a portion of their bodyweight to build back their strength.
Some of our greatest moments come through helping others, and here at Total Gym, that is our mission: Helping millions of people get healthier!
Iâ€™m happy to say that I am a part of making that mission a reality, so now I ask you, what are you plugged in to?
Last month we wrapped up yet another incredible IHRSA tradeshow where we debuted our new Elevate Line of single-station machines for commercial fitness facilities.
Held here in our home base of San Diego, CA, we were happy to welcome our global team of Total Gym distributors from China, Israel, Germany, France, Czech Republic, Canada, Italy, Ukraine, Sweden and Russia.
We were also thrilled to see several of our customers including, 24 Hour Fitness, GoodLife,Â Town Sports International,Â Bally Sport and Fitness,Â XSport,Â Life Time
Fitness,Â Retro Fitness, O2 Fitness,Â Total Woman Gym & Spa,Â Charter Fitness,Â ClubSport, Chuze FitnessÂ andÂ Anytime Fitness.
So thanks to everyone who stopped by our booth,. It was great to hear success stories from users, gym owners and trainers, and to introduce the next generation of Total Gym to fitness professionals.
Tom Campanaro, the founder of Total Gym,Â joined the ranks of Â “Gym Class: Heroes of Fitness,” when he sat down withÂ Motionsoftâ€™sÂ 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 thanÂ 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 forÂ entrepreneurs embarking on their own path.
Total 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 withÂ Motionsoft’sÂ Hossein Noshirvani & Leigh Kessler for their weekly podcast, “Gym Class: Heroes of Fitness,” which featuresÂ 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.