GRAVITY on the Road: Tampa Florida
I recently had the chance to check out the latest GRAVITY Classes at Studio F.I.T. in Tampa, FL. This boutique studio, owned and run by Christine Simmons, is a hidden gem.
Studio F.I.T. is the love child of Simmons, who has been teaching group fitness for 28 years. Initially she taught part time group fitness while juggling a corporate job which also included a ton of travel time. Impressive! Then her love of fitness won out in 2006 when she left the corporate world to go for it and voilà, Studio F.I.T. was born.
Christine’s strong business background (she has an MBA—secretly she may be Wonder Woman as well) has come in handy in successfully confronting the many challenges club owners face as well as growing her business in a competitive market. Her business partner introduced her to a Total Gym GTS back in 2006 and as soon as she adopted GRAVITY, the classes took off. Since then, she became a big fan of GRAVITY programming which has helped her ignite her studio with specialty programing and keeps members coming back for more.
At Studio F.I.T. Christine runs a personal training studio and small group classes: clients pay for the services they want with no membership fees. GRAVITY classes are a big part of her income stream and offer constant variety and growth for her core clients as well as being an easy-to-use system for those new to exercise. The machines offer support for those in need while challenging the fittest with simple adjustable levels of resistance. In addition to GRAVITY classes, Studio F.I.T offers bootcamp, Zumba, Personal Training and Fit Senior classes. This program is not your typical “Silver Sneakers”, these are some super active, “my kids can’t catch me” seniors! Yes, I know ‘these people’ very well, they consistently pass me on the Ironman course and are my inspiration.
My timing couldn’t have been better as the studio has recently upgraded to the latest GTS models. These are pretty gorgeous and easy to adjust, while offering an endless variety of exercise options. The enthusiasm of the instructor Stefanie Summer is equal to the women in the class. When asked about how they feel about GRAVITY classes the unanimous answer was, “we love them!” The reasons? “The classes are so much fun” and “time flies by – the results are amazing”. That’s about as good as it gets, especially if you are a gym owner or personal trainer. And the classes book up. I did sign up for a class ahead of time, but gave my space to another participant; my good deed for the day. But it was interesting to observe the teacher and the class, as the participants were all at different levels and some had injuries. For a class to run smoothly, successfully and address all levels is always a challenge. For GRAVITY? Not so much. A good, knowledgeable instructor can really bring the class to ALL levels safely and efficiently. And the fun quotient was a 10 for everyone – even the bystander (me).
I opted for a private session later. The beauty of GRAVITY is that even with my broken toe, Stefanie was able to give me a very challenging full body workout. My quads were screaming the next day along with my lats. And all in only 30 minutes. Impressive indeed! I liked the level of intimacy you can have with your student even when it’s in a group. As a studio owner, I left my session with a spring in my step (before the soreness crept in) and my creative juices flowing with ideas on how MUCH one can do with GRAVITY. I’ll post about that in my next blog.
For more information about how GRAVITY can improve your ROI contact Ralph at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 858-764-0078.
About the Author
Deborah Beck is a six time Ironman athlete, coach and personal trainer. For over 25 years she has combined her love of sports and fitness with her passion for travel and adventure. Her early work as a Fitness Director moved her throughout Asia, the Middle East and the UK. She holds multiple certifications and is currently working towards her 500 hour Yoga Medicine. Her training philosophy incorporates Pilates, yoga, Gyrotonic and strength to produce a balanced, unique approach to high endurance training. This fall she is launching a global training and lifestyle company and online community. When not traveling, she splits her time between Quogue NY and Telluride Colorado.