BRISTOL - The Physician Referred Exercise Program sets Healthtrax Fitness & Wellness apart from other gyms.
PREP is a 60-day program that began about three months ago, explained Mike McHugh, sales director at Healthtrax, and is “the big thing that differentiates us from other companies.”
Any doctor can refer a patient to the program, and after they do, Healthtrax performs an intake which includes a body scan with the InBody 570 machine, McHugh said, and typically the facility receives 30 to 50 referrals a month.
The machine, which resembles a scale, analyzes the composition of the patient’s body. This includes intracellular water, extracellular water, muscle-fat percentage, body mass index, visceral fat level, basal metabolic rate and how many pounds of fat and muscles are on each part of the body.
The patients then meet with a personal trainer and use the information to refine their workouts for the best outcomes, McHugh said. “It shows where you need to lose body fat and where you need to gain muscle,” he said.
In January, the facility will begin its Lose to Win program, said Demetrius Drye, a personal trainer at Healthtrax that created the program and has run it for five and a half years.
He explained that every day a schedule of activities, such as basketball and swimming, and workouts, is created for those in the program. It also offers nutritional advice through seminars and informational sessions.
“It’s a weight loss program focused on not just the workout, but on introducing them to the building,” Drye said. “It gets them comfortable with a weight room setting. The program works to get people committed and accommodates all working schedules.”
Since the Lose to Win program began, Drye said that roughly 10,000 pounds has been lost by participants at the Bristol location.
The Healthtrax in Bristol is one of seven in the state, and one of 18 on the East Coast. The facility has a pool, basketball courts, cardio and strength training equipment, racquetball courts and boxing equipment. Additionally, it offers discounts for military member and first responders.
The facility, located at 842 Clark Ave., also has 70 classes a week ranging from boot camps, Zumba, yoga, Pilates, tai chi and many more that are scheduled seven days a weeks and included in the facility’s membership.
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