Mark Slessor is the new owner of downtown Trail's Performance Fitness. The personal trainer and his wife Deanne mirror the image of the new gym logo.

Biz Buzz: New owner offering personalized workout plan

"More than anything we want to help people get going on their goals. And we make it enjoyable so you keep coming back.” ~ Slessor, owner

Breaking a sweat has to have an element of fun for gym goers to keep coming back.

And let’s face it, washboard abs and shapely gams are a nice side effect of a good workout.

So anyone stuck at ground zero when it comes to better health through exercise should consider a visit to Performance Fitness.

“Working out can be frustrating if you don’t know what you are doing,” says Mark Slessor, the gym’s new owner and personal trainer. “First of all, you won’t see results and second you’ll feel silly and not want to come back. More than anything we want to help people get going on their goals. And we make it enjoyable so you keep coming back.”

After working out a few kinks with elbow grease and a modern logo makeover, he’s ready to help teens to seniors set a goal-oriented exercise program that brings healthy results.

Slessor took ownership of the downtown Trail gym three months ago, and so far, things are shaping up as word spreads about his individualized workout plans.

“We are just getting started but we’ve really cleaned the place up,” he says, referring to wife Deanne.

“There were a lot who seemed to be struggling and didn’t have direction or didn’t seem to know what to do next,” he added. “So we did this because it was a good opportunity. We have the knowledge and there’s nothing better than helping people.”

Being a personal trainer gives Slessor an edge when setting up clients with an effective and do-able program that includes keeping track of eating habits.

“It’s about tightening things up a bit, nothing too crazy,” he explained. “I have people give me an idea about daily intake and I go over it with them – because little changes can make big differences.”

Using his know-how, Slessor advises on the best workout to go along with healthier food choices.

“Basically, I can set up a program that starts with some cardio and monitor that for about six weeks and make changes at that point. As people progress they usually find their stride and see changes they like.”

The Cedar Avenue facility is fully equipped with a 3,500-square foot weight room, full length mirrors, and a spacious cardio room housing treadmills, cross trainers, stair masters and stationary bikes. The gym’s “entertain as you train” mantra includes LCD televisions strategically placed and music to keep the energy flowing.

And for those wanting a year round glow, stand up and lay down tanning booths are available.

“As things progress, I still monitor workouts because at some point, everyone hits a plateau,” said Slessor. “So I can help change things up and keep the workout going because I want everyone to walk out that door feeling better.”

This month, the Slessors are off to Spokane to take part in the “Night of Champions” body building, fitness and figure championships.

The activity plays into Performance Fitness’ new logo that depicts both genders working out.

“It’s a reminder the gym is for men and women,” he said. “And this is my third time going to Night of Champions and Deanne’s first. We train together, so why not do a competition together.”

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