GREENVILLE — Since last September, F45, of Greenville, Ohio, is training people to become their personal best.
A way to measure and improve members’ performances is by offering playoffs, or competitions. Saturday, Jan. 7 was the first F45 Playoffs and about 20 individuals competed. The competition set two people against one another in 10 different obstacles. Each obstacle was 45 seconds long, with a 15-second break in-between. While people were competing in twos, the competition sets goals based on each individual’s progress, with the exception of husband and wife team Katie and Reese Walters. They, without a doubt, competed against one-another.
“I’m really competitive and it helped me going against him,” Katie said of her husband. “I like the atmosphere here; it is awesome. People in all age groups work at their own pace.”
“The trainers make the work-out fit you, not you fitting the workout,” Reese said.
Kim Campbell was unsure if she was prepared for the playoffs.
“I told them I wasn’t ready and they said, ‘yes you are — you can do this’,” she said. “It was tough, but it was good finding out where I was in certain areas. I am better than I thought in some areas and need to improve in others.”
Michele Phillippi started working out at F45 because she had some extra weight to lose and for health reasons.
“I just wanted to see how much I have improved,” she said of the playoffs.
Co-owner Melissa “Missy” Riethman hosted the playoffs in the studio as a way for members to establish a baseline of where they are, physically and mentally.
“We had members hit amazing goals they didn’t think they could hit!” she said of the event. “We were so excited watching and cheering on our members. I absolutely feel this helps increase results, not just physically, but mentally as well. A positive and confident mindset can really make a difference, not just in fitness, but in everyday life.”
According to Riethman, there are several reasons to join F45: for those seeking better functional movement in their day-to-day lives and activities; for those seeking a place where judging is never a thought, with only encouraging words and motivating staff; where people are encouraged to be their best at the level at which they begin; for those seeking personal training in a group environment that builds great atmosphere with a lot of fun, laughter and results at an affordable price.
“F45 is a studio that one has to experience to understand,” she said.
After Saturday’s playoffs, contestants were given their scores to set growth goals for March, when they return for another playoff. Riethman does not consider her position at F45 a job.
“F45 is a big part of my life and my purpose,” she said. “Our members are not just members, but friends, family and community. Getting to see all of their progress is a true gift.”
This week F45 is offering a 9 a.m. trial class at $5 for the week, for non-members. As always, it offers a free two-week trial. F45 is located at 120 West Third Street, in Greenville. For more information, call 937-417-9838.
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