Equipment: LifeFitness, Hammer Strength, Precor, ellipticals, treadmills, bikes, steppers
Students should bring: Water, towel
Average class length: 30?60 minutes
Number of Staff: 1?5 people
Class location: Mix of indoor and outdoor classes
Registration required: No
Guests allowed: Yes
Parking: Parking lot
Exercise is challenging, and people frequently give up on their fitness routines. How do you keep clients motivated?
We keep clients motivated through education on routines and nutrition. [B.L.A.D.E. stands for] Balancing Lifestyle Attitude Diet Exercise?to reach maximum results.
When and how did you first develop a passion for fitness?
Since I saw Arnold competing on TV. And I always wanting to be a bigger, faster, stronger athlete.
Is there anything else you want to add that we didn't cover?
B.L.A.D.E. is a place for everyone to come and work toward reaching their goals and to feel like they're part of the family as opposed to just being sold a membership.
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