Written by Denise Cunningham
Friday, 15 June 2012 10:51
“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.”
-Henry David Thoreau
With summer’s warmth in the air, it is time to get off the couch and enjoy the outdoors with your family. Baseball games, golf, cycling, and hiking are among the many activities enjoyed by all. New and interesting fitness challenges include the Tough Mudder, Dirty Girl, or Warrior Dash races. Whatever sport is the option of choice, you want to be the best at what you do. In order to attain that extra edge, people have the tendency to seek out the help of personal trainers. In particular, there are two local professionals who are following their dreams and passions in the fitness industry, with businesses of their own.
Leverage Fitness Studio
Tim Hlivia, owner of Leverage Fitness Studio on Rutter Avenue, in Forty Fort, was recently voted the area’s “Trainer of the Year” in The Weekender newspaper. Hlivia has been in the fitness industry since 1996, having acquired an Exercise and Sports Science degree from Penn State University and a Nursing degree from Misericordia University. Notably, Hlivia is also a full-time parole officer for Luzerne County.
Leverage Fitness Studio has a very unique style of training, while offering a large city boutique atmosphere and strong social environment. The facility is equipped with battling and climbing ropes, kettlebells, dumbbells, free weights, rowers, treadmills, TRX Suspension Training, and a Suspension Training elliptical machine. Members are supplied with a weekly Board Workout of the Week, aka The B-Wow, which takes the guesswork out of what to do in the gym. It gives the best-quality workout with minimal time. The philosophy is that you do not need to spend numerous hours in the gym every week. You can maximize your time while getting the results you seek. There are group classes to increase your metabolism so that your body continues to torch fat after your workout, with classes such as Primal Scream, a tabata-style circuit training class that maximizes the fat-burning process. Wake-Up Morning classes are also offered, which are a full-body metabolic workout designed to sculpt your body. There are numerous other classes offered to eliminate fat and build lean muscle, along with strengthening core muscles and increasing flexibility. While the weather cooperates, Leverage Fitness Studio takes its workouts outside, with Bootcamp Awareness Training classes. Hours of operation and fitness and nutritional tips are available at www.leveragefitnessstudio.com, on Facebook® and Twitter®, or by calling (570) 388-2386.
In January of this year, Perry Coolbaugh decided to open PAC Fitness at 56 Elizabeth Street, in Forty Fort. Along with personal training and running circuit training classes, Coolbaugh works in the printing industry and at Maximum Impact as a strength and conditioning baseball coach. He has been in the fitness industry for 25 years – inspired by his four-year-old son who participated in wrestling and was able to perform 500 push-ups.
PAC Fitness follows the belief of training as a pack of wolves. Wolves are dedicated team players and great
communicators. They are durable, adaptable, and capable of survival in the harshest of conditions. A mature wolf is the product of a lifelong learning process. Wolves work hard and play hard, while pursuing their goals relentlessly.
PAC Fitness’s mission is to focus on developing and refining sports-specific movements and modalities in all aspects of strength training and conditioning. Coolbaugh’s style of training will increase the athletic potential of each individual student-athlete. PAC Fitness members consist of a variety of clientele ranging from students involved in baseball and wrestling and women and men just trying to improve their quality of life. Circuit training classes are offered seven days a week and consist of eight moving stations, performed for 30 seconds to one minute, to increase cardio and strength and work core muscles. The stations include battling ropes, monkey bars, pull-ups, band work, step-up, and pull-ups. Morning and evening classes are offered at PAC Fitness. Coolbaugh’s vision is to offer an intense workout while keeping prices affordable. More information is available on Facebook: PAC Fitness or by calling (570) 574-9539.
Both Hlivia and Coolbaugh spend countless hours every week being a positive influence on the people around them, inspiring and motivating them to improve themselves to the best of their capabilities so they can live a happy and healthier life. On behalf of all the people’s lives you have touched, we thank you for all of your hard work and dedication.