Shawn Girard travels from Castlegar every day to enjoy the spacious facility and comprehensive exercise equipment at Performance Fitness in Trail. The centre is launching its ninth annual Fit-for-Life Challenge and invites all to join in an effort live healthy lives in 2012.

Shawn Girard travels from Castlegar every day to enjoy the spacious facility and comprehensive exercise equipment at Performance Fitness in Trail. The centre is launching its ninth annual Fit-for-Life Challenge and invites all to join in an effort live healthy lives in 2012.

Performance Fitness challenges residents to get ‘Fit for Life’

A local gym is making it easier on residents to keep their New Year’s resolutions with a great deal on health.

A local gym is making it easier on residents to keep their New Year’s resolutions with a great deal on health.

Performance Fitness in Trail is kicking off its ninth annual Fit-for-Life Challenge, a program designed to help people get off the couch and improve their lifestyle.

“It’s for people that have not been coming to the gym but are wanting to start,” said gym owner Jody Fors. “They need that little bit of motivation but are finding it a little bit intimidating.”

Gyms can be a bit overwhelming for the uninitiated, says Fors, but through his guided instruction he hopes to reduce participants’ anxiety and build confidence.

“This way, with the personal training and providing everything in one package, it kind of takes the intimidation factor out of it because I am going to be with them the first couple times that they’re coming in.”

Those who sign up for the challenge receive a three-month pass which includes a personalized fitness program, four body composition tests, a month unlimited tanning and ongoing support and evaluation from staff.

“A lot of people walk in and they don’t know where to go or what machines do what, they’re a little bit leary and apprehensive to ask people what to do so this the perfect opportunity to find out.”

The gym is a spacious 5,000-square-foot facility with universal and free weights as well as a cardio room with treadmills, cross-trainers, stair-masters and stationary bikes, a tanning room and a healthy smoothie bar.

Fors has owned Performance Fitness for nine years and, as a personal trainer, will structure the three-month fitness program around each individual.

The goal for Fors is to not only offer a good deal but to kick-start the sedentary to get healthy and make smart choices.

“It’s a lifestyle . . . This isn’t just a three month thing where you can stop and think you’ll be in shape the rest of your life, you have to keep doing it.”

Fors has seen it many times in the past, making the decision to join a gym not only improves physical health but benefits other facets of life as well.

“Once you change one positive habit, it slowly changes into others. You start working out, then you start eating better, which helps you sleep better, so then you’ll have more energy and maybe pick up other activities or just be more positive and improve relationships with other people,” says Fors. “It turns into a big snowball, as soon as you start one good positive thing, it just snowballs.”

The program is divided into four categories: women and men under 40 and those over 40.

Participants will also be eligible for prizes at the end of the three-month promotion that include gym memberships, tanning packages and one grand prize.

Those interested can sign up for the Fit-for-Life Challenge until the end of January.

Call 368-5911 to get started.