24 minutes | Jul 9th 2020

Anita and Ken with Elite Physique

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TranscriptKevin: Mixing It Up With The Fitness Community is a podcast created by Fit Mix that introduces you to local health and fitness individuals along with their stories.Kevin: Episode 15. Anita and Ken with Elite Physique. In this episode, we get to hear about their great work with the community, the passion they have for helping their clients, all of their amazing services, and more.Sara: Hey, everyone. We have with us today, Anita, from Elite Physique.Anita: Hey, Sara. Thank you.Sara: Awesome. So talk to us a little bit about what is Elite Physique.Anita: So, Elite is a 13,000 square foot cardio, strength, personal training, gym, facility. We were  established, it's going on six years now. We are out in Rio Rancho and we consider ourselves the next level or a level-up type training facility. So we're really wanting to take the average person and take them to an athletic status because we believe that anyone can be an athlete with the right mind, body, spirit type training. So we have a great team of trainers and excellent staff. We're definitely known for our cleanliness in the gym. We really brought together a sense of community locally, which is extremely important to us being a small, family-owned local business, to bring together that type of community that you really can't find anywhere else in the city.Sara: Wonderful. And so your facility is set up in a way that in the front there's your cardio equipment and then you have different machines for lifting. But in the back, you have kind of a hidden gem. People don't really know about that. Talk about that back area that you guys have and what you offer back in there for people coming into your gym.Anita: Sure. Everyone's really taken back by the gym when you first walk in, because initially from the outside it looks like it's going to be a small gym facility. But you go in and it's 10000 square feet full of Matrix, Life Fitness, Hammer Strength, Rogue equipment in the front with locker rooms. And then as you walk to the back, like you said, it's a hidden gym. And back there we have a punching bag rigged. We have place for a lot of our classes, and then also a power-lifting area where it's kind of away from everything. And we have a lot of our powerlifting stuff there. So there is a lot of versatile training that goes on in the back. So it's kind of like another gym within a gym.Sara: Yes, definitely. And there's pullup bars in there, correct? Or like kind of like a rig that you would find at a CrossFit gym. Would you say?Anita: Yes. Well, we actually have that Road Rig the front now. As the centerpiece of the front; but in the back we do have three power-lifting slot racks. You can do pullups back there. There are twelve punching bags. There's tires and ropes and dumbbells and sleds, spin bikes. Right now, there's benches and cardio equipment as well. So if people want to have a little bit more privacy and not be in the main gym, they can go back and have more of an intimate type workout in the back room.Sara: Definitely. So you can do kind of functional fitness workouts, powerlifting, and you briefly touched on how they're spinning bikes. You guys recently added spinning classes to your gym, is that correct?Anita: Yeah, so before the shutdown, we introduce our Stages spin bikes. And it was just getting ready to start taking off and it was doing really well. Due to the government mandate, currently, we can't offer classes. So we're definitely looking forward to getting back to being able to offer a variety of classes. We offered Sping. We offer Zumba. We offer a great class called Bustin Guts with Morgan and Box Fit style training with Jesse. So those are really our signature classes and we hope to be able to offer those again to our members in the future.Sara: That's awesome. Yeah. Those are all great classes. I know personally, Kevin and myself have taken the spinning classes and we have loved it. I mean, I love spinning classes. It was nice being back there in your gym. It was more intimate. And as some spinning studios are a little bit bigger. But you have like a nice little group of bikes and you feel a lot closer with the instructor and all the members in the class with you.Anita: Right. And there's a little more room to breathe. I know a lot of spin studios are kind of packed in there like sardines. It can get a little bit hot and humid and crazy. But being in the back room with 25 foot ceilings and it's a little bit more open and airy. It just feels really good.Sara: Definitely, I agree. And aside from all the cool classes that you guys offer. I think when I was there, I saw that you also help people prep for physique shows. So can you talk a little bit about that as well?Anita: Sure, well, that definitely goes hand-in-hand with our personal training. So we have top-level, pro-level personal trainers that are training in our facility. Trainers that have competed several times at Olympia level. And as far as bodybuilding and figure competition is what Morgain competed in. So she is an ICB pro trainer. Very high-level that can help people prep for competitions if that's what they want to do. But it's a variety of training. So it can be a competition. It can be marathon. It can just be rehabilitation. We have, for instance, Ken is training a lady now that has polio and she came in not even being able to walk. And as of this week, she was taking 200. I think she told me 268 steps unassisted with no cane. And he actually has her jumping. So it's so amazing to see that anyone can become athletic. It just starts with having the right trainer to be able to be knowledgeable enough to train you in a way that you can believe in yourself. And that really starts with the mind because people can train their bodies and have perfect bodies. But then they haven't trained their mind. They haven't fed their mind. They haven't done everything that they need to do for their mind. So our trainers are so strong, both physically and mentally and spiritually, to be able to guide people in the right direction for their fitness goals, whatever they are.Sara: Absolutely. I think the mental aspect is very important. So joining us also is Training Director, Ken. Ken, talk about what makes you so special. I know Anita just mentioned it, but from your perspective, what sets you guys apart training-wise compared to other teams that people could go to in Rio Rancho or Albuquerque?Ken: Well, first of all, thanks for having us on. And thanks for having myself on. You know, I guess what I could touch on with what Anita was expressing is that the awareness, the staff, and the trainers, and the entire community that the gym has is what I think separates this gym for most gyms. The awareness and depth we take into the clients and the members is, I think by far, what sets us apart? Training that mind, training the body, training the spirit as equally and as one is what I think, what we strive to help our clients with. No matter what their goals or dreams or aspirations, whether it's on the stage, off the stage, just to move better, I think we all kind of share that common goal.Sara: And it sounds like you work with a variety of people, I mean athletes, and then Anita said you're working with a woman who has polio. So many people would be like, wow, I never thought someone dealing with that disease would come into a gym. But I bet that's been super rewarding, seeing her progress and the progress of all of your clients.Ken: Oh, yeah. Being a part of people's fitness journey is something that I take great joy in. And I'm so humbled and excited to be a part of the Elite Physique team. To work alongside the clients that I've been a part of. And yes, it's just something I'm definitely passionate about. I think a lot of the team there share that same passion. And I think when you do what you love from a heart, it just produces a different kind of result.Sara: I definitely agree. Is there any areas that you focus on as a trainer?Ken: I don't know how to answer that question. I just I'm super compelled to help people connect with themselves in and out of their body, you know, especially with their mind and making that connection with their body and their heart and then synchronizing all three. And that in itself is quite a journey. But it's just something I'm completely passionate about. And I get a lot of joy with helping people connect with themselves and their surroundings. Whatever it takes is what I'm committed to do when it comes to working with people.Sara: I just didn't know if you had a certain kind of clientele that you usually work with. If the trainers are paired up with people who fit their niche a little bit more than maybe someone else's type of deal.Ken: Oh, yeah. Most definitely. We're super aware of making sure that the personalities match with the trainer. When it comes to personal training, you're definitely developing a personal relationship. So we want to make sure that the client feels as if they can build that trust and security and that bond with their trainer, because it's definitely a journey that you embark on once you're working towards a better herself.Sara: Aside from the community aspect inside of gym, you guys try to embrace the community in Rio Rancho and Albuquerque as much as possible to0 by doing outreach events. I know specifically, you're trying to help out with veterans, helping to give veterans a membership. Can you talk about some of your community outreach events or opportunities that you provide?Anita: Sure, I can touch on the veteran project that we started. We teamed up back then. I guess it's been about three years now. We teamed up with an organization called Lift For The 22. This was an organization that was coming together to provide free gym memberships for veterans who have post-traumatic stress disorder. It was a fantastic idea and I was thrilled to be a part of it and thrilled to be able to provide free memberships for veterans. Unfort
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