A city fitness trainer has teamed up with a hotel to create a unique service to visitors and locals as well.
Three weeks ago, Susan Rolph, owner of Body Moves, set up her equipment in a former dining room at the Victorian Inn at the Park and is offering all of her facility's various services to out-of-towners who are booked in the motel. The Inn, in turn, is working on offering various training options as part of the packages it offers those who book rooms.
Rolph is excited about many aspects of her new setup, especially her access to some ideal features of the Vic Inn grounds just outside her door. A wide set of sturdy wooden steps, for example, lead to a long gravelled trail on a former railway line that stretches from Delamere Avenue in the north to Confederation Drive in the south. Both the steps and the trail can be used to put her clients through their paces, especially marathon runners and the members of sports teams who need conditioning. Body Moves has been working with young hockey players - the St. Marys Lincolns, for example, and a local girls' team - and is getting more involved in sports-specific training.
Herself a client of Body Moves for a few years, Rolph bought the business when it came up for sale 13 years ago, and has operated it in various locations since then. Her association with the Vic Inn has not come about suddenly; she has taught a form of kickboxing there before.
Today, personal training is becoming a larger part of Body Moves' business all the time. Rolph's clients run the "whole gamut" from young kids, to elite athletes to older folk. Her variety of offerings range from classes to team training to personal training. Especially useful are a number of stationary bikes with which she can help people by simulating various bike-riding situations from sprinting to riding up hill.
"Personal training is great," says Rolph. "It used to be just for the stars. Now, parents are actively seeking out people to train their kids for their sports."
"They're very challenging, very athletic, very popular classes," says Rolph, who also makes use of stability balls, medicine balls and bosu (both sides up) balls.
Rolph has five other instructors she calls on, some of whom do their own personal training.
"I want to get them going on guests here," said Rolph. To participate in any class, guests just need to sign up at the hotel's front desk to book a time.
Rolph expects to eventually also use the Vic Inn's pool to do provide aquafit training.
"This is a great facility," she said. "with its access to the park and lots of parking." She is especially happy with the row of windows along the west wall of her studio which afford a look into the nicely landscaped backyard. "I see rabbits and ducks outside," she said. "The nice gardens are very serene."
She also likes the wooden floor that makes up the largest space in the facility.
Rolph hopes to get groups coming for "spin classes" on the stationary bikes. Though she can teach yoga, she intends to get another local instructor to offer it. She may even attract a local bellydance instructor to offering training there.
Whatever is made available, Rolph said her service differs from the "big box" fitness training places in that clients are treated to personalized attention, friendliness and care.
"You're not on your own here."