July 27, 2008

Workouts Focus on Fitness for Everyday Activities

By By Jakob [email protected], Greeley Tribune, Colo.

Jul. 27--The idea first hit Vicki Mayea when she was lifting a car seat with a baby inside -- and it stuck with her, much like the pain that plagued Greeley resident Jamie Reed throughout every task she worked on throughout the day.

"It was hard for me to walk very far and just do everyday things because I had pains in my legs," Reed said. "I'd been kind of sedentary, so it was just hard to get going again."

Thus, with a new office in Greeley, Mayea is looking to help residents train for the physical perils of everyday life as owner of Good Health Fitness, 3820 W. 10th St. in Greeley. The concept behind the business, Mayea said, is "functional fitness" -- training for the hassles of a person's daily grind, including everything from carrying grocery bags to playing golf and even walking up stairs.

"What you're training people to do is their daily activities," Mayea said. "So, as opposed to sitting in a controlled machine environment and working individual muscles one at a time ... you get them to do exercises that are integrated, so that muscle groups work together -- and that's what you do during daily life."

Mayea moved the business into her current office space, which she shares with Liam Connor of Good Health Chiropractic in May, and after major renovations, opened her office in early July. She said most of her clients are women looking to get in shape after raising children, but she accepts anyone looking to get healthier.

Mayea also admits she did not always train for such "functional fitness." In fact, she used to work out in exactly the fashion she now preaches against -- pushing muscles to fatigue as she created a body-builder physique.

For ordinary people just looking to stay in shape and be healthy, though, she said such a thing does not make sense. In fact, it's dangerous.

Not working out properly, or straining muscles to fatigue, often opens the door for injury. While Mayea's workouts are not considered "rehab," she does like to think of them as "pre-hab."

Excessive exercise "doesn't get you anywhere," said Mayea, sitting in her office on a workout bench. "This is so much more practical and helps so many more people.

"And here's the other thing: A lot of people who need to do this wouldn't be caught dead in a gym. They don't want to put on the clothes. They don't want to go there where there's are all these (young) people walking around. They don't want to go in there because it's awkward for them to use the equipment. They don't know exactly what they're doing, and this saves them from having to do it."

Such private one-on-one workout sessions -- which is now inside her office and free from distraction with the door closed -- have left Reed enamored with the process. In the year and a half since first starting to work out with Mayea, Reed said she has lost weight and inches and, more importantly, is living a better life.

"It's just a really comfortable environment for somebody like me," Reed said in a telephone interview. "I can live again, as far as I'm concerned."

Good Health Fitness -- To begin working out, call Vicki Mayea at (970) 420-2863 -- Cost: $45 an hour An open house will be held from 4-7 p.m. Saturday at Good Health Fitness, 3820 W. 10th St. in Greeley.


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