There are gyms, there are personal trainers ... and then there's Elevate Fitness.
Located in the Newport Hub in the heart of Menifee, Elevate Fitness offers personalized instruction for clients with a customized program using resistance training to tone the body and improve one's health.
Paul David, owner and head trainer for the facility, is not only an experienced personal trainer, he has a degree in exercise science. He coaches clients on proper nutrition and time management and bases his instruction on his knowledge of human anatomy.
"I wish the public would be more picky in asking for a trainer with the proper credentials," David said. "It's great if you can help somebody lose weight, but you still have to know something about the human body. This is not your normal community gym."
David and his staff of five trainers receive ongoing education in the latest techniques regarding health, nutrition and exercise. Clients work out with simple devices such as the TRX, in which elastic bands enable them to use their own body weight in resistance training. Some dumbbells are used, but you won't see weight machines at Elevate Fitness.
"When a person uses their own body weight in resistance training, there is no external load placed on the joints," David explailned. "We will work with everyone, from a senior who has a problem with balance to someone who is trying to make a Division I sports team."
Most clients work out twice a week in 50-minute sessions. They will be on their feet moving and stretching virtually the whole time, increasing their heart rate as well as building muscle and reducing fat.
"Somebody who has a sit-down job for 8-10 hours a day goes to a gym, and the first thing they're told is to sit down at a machine, push and pull," David said. "We want people stretching and moving."
The trainers at Elevate Fitness never work with groups of more than four. After a new client has a physical assessment, a program designer determines a personal program to enhance that person's workout routine and nutritional needs.
"That program is tailored to what's going on in your body and the diet you need," David said. "You coach will help you be accountable for working toward your goals."
29683 New Hub Drive
Menifee, CA 92586
Hours: 5 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Friday; 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday