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One-on-OneFitness

by Howaida Sorour-Roberts

 

When Marilyn Dunlay realized that she was having trouble getting out of a chair without supporting herself she knew she had to do something.

“I was 71 years old and getting weaker and realized I was going in the wrong direction,” said Dunlay.

She had seen ads for Natatia’s One-on-One fitness in Smiths Falls, and decided to give it a try.

“I felt comfortable with her immediately,” Dunlay says.

A year later and Dunlay says she’s stronger and has more energy than she’s ever had in her life!

“I felt older than 71 when I started but I don’t feel that way anymore,” she says.

Located at the Gallipeau Centre in the newly-opened fitness wing, Natatia’s One-on-One Fitness is a brightly-lit cheery space accented by bright energizing colours. As the name indicates the business specializes in one-on-one individually tailored fitness training with instructor Natatia Gemmell.

“At the beginning I usually focus on corrective exercises to work on individual imbalances, because correcting the imbalances early on, will make future exercise easier and prevent injury,” says Gemmell.

A former fitness model with an infectious passion for fitness and health, Gemmell has both the credentials and the personality to help and motivate others.

“Give me five more – I hear it in my dreams,” chuckles Susan Parsons, a client in her 50s. “She’s a good motivator, and gets you to do things you never thought possible.”

She never raises her voice but nobody ever seems to ague with her when she pushes a little harder. Her magnificent physique undoubtedly helps and her enthusiasm and positive attitude don’t hurt either.

“She’s good, she’s fun and even manages to make it fun for me to give her my money,” says Andy Moxley writer and gentleman with a passion for military re-enactments, who lost a leg a few years ago. Moxley joined Natatia’s One-on-One fitness six months ago with a goal of weight loss. When asked if he’s achieving his goals he seems surprised to admit that there has been some progress.

“I believe it’s doing good, I have a pair of pants that are too large now, and it’s undoubtedly getting easier, she’s also on my case for all the bad stuff I eat,” says Moxley.

That’s the other side of Gemmell’s business. Unlike many fitness trainers Gemmell doesn’t push supplements or weight loss foods, she just thoughtfully educates her clients on healthy nutrition.

“I work with each individual on nutrition to help them find the right foods that are suited to them,” says Gemmell.

Her clients, if they’re interested, can take advantage of her value-added nutritional expertise and start by filling out a nutrition log, recording everything they consume every day. It doesn’t take long, says Gemmell for her and her clients to figure out what nutrients they’re missing or over consuming.

“When I started I didn’t know I was sensitive to a lot of foods,” says Dunlay, but a year with Gemmell has shown her the foods that her body tolerates the best and the ones that she should avoid.

Again as with everything else she does, Gemmell is not pushy – just persuasive in a pleasantly dynamic way.

While the bulk of her business is carefully calibrated individual training, she also does small group training. This can take the form of couples or groups of four, up to 10 individuals.

“I will train a group together but still maintain the individual focus and lead each to their goals,” explains Gemmell.

No slouch herself, her clear skin, bright eyes and figure are testaments to her hard work and dedication to her craft. She’s always adding to her certifications and actively expanding her knowledge of the field she’s chosen or, perhaps more accurately, that’s chosen her.

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Value added individual fitness and health right here in town

One-on-OneFitness

by Howaida Sorour-Roberts

 

When Marilyn Dunlay realized that she was having trouble getting out of a chair without supporting herself she knew she had to do something.

“I was 71 years old and getting weaker and realized I was going in the wrong direction,” said Dunlay.

She had seen ads for Natatia’s One-on-One fitness in Smiths Falls, and decided to give it a try.

“I felt comfortable with her immediately,” Dunlay says.

A year later and Dunlay says she’s stronger and has more energy than she’s ever had in her life!

“I felt older than 71 when I started but I don’t feel that way anymore,” she says.

Located at the Gallipeau Centre in the newly-opened fitness wing, Natatia’s One-on-One Fitness is a brightly-lit cheery space accented by bright energizing colours. As the name indicates the business specializes in one-on-one individually tailored fitness training with instructor Natatia Gemmell.

“At the beginning I usually focus on corrective exercises to work on individual imbalances, because correcting the imbalances early on, will make future exercise easier and prevent injury,” says Gemmell.

A former fitness model with an infectious passion for fitness and health, Gemmell has both the credentials and the personality to help and motivate others.

“Give me five more – I hear it in my dreams,” chuckles Susan Parsons, a client in her 50s. “She’s a good motivator, and gets you to do things you never thought possible.”

She never raises her voice but nobody ever seems to ague with her when she pushes a little harder. Her magnificent physique undoubtedly helps and her enthusiasm and positive attitude don’t hurt either.

“She’s good, she’s fun and even manages to make it fun for me to give her my money,” says Andy Moxley writer and gentleman with a passion for military re-enactments, who lost a leg a few years ago. Moxley joined Natatia’s One-on-One fitness six months ago with a goal of weight loss. When asked if he’s achieving his goals he seems surprised to admit that there has been some progress.

“I believe it’s doing good, I have a pair of pants that are too large now, and it’s undoubtedly getting easier, she’s also on my case for all the bad stuff I eat,” says Moxley.

That’s the other side of Gemmell’s business. Unlike many fitness trainers Gemmell doesn’t push supplements or weight loss foods, she just thoughtfully educates her clients on healthy nutrition.

“I work with each individual on nutrition to help them find the right foods that are suited to them,” says Gemmell.

Her clients, if they’re interested, can take advantage of her value-added nutritional expertise and start by filling out a nutrition log, recording everything they consume every day. It doesn’t take long, says Gemmell for her and her clients to figure out what nutrients they’re missing or over consuming.

“When I started I didn’t know I was sensitive to a lot of foods,” says Dunlay, but a year with Gemmell has shown her the foods that her body tolerates the best and the ones that she should avoid.

Again as with everything else she does, Gemmell is not pushy – just persuasive in a pleasantly dynamic way.

While the bulk of her business is carefully calibrated individual training, she also does small group training. This can take the form of couples or groups of four, up to 10 individuals.

“I will train a group together but still maintain the individual focus and lead each to their goals,” explains Gemmell.

No slouch herself, her clear skin, bright eyes and figure are testaments to her hard work and dedication to her craft. She’s always adding to her certifications and actively expanding her knowledge of the field she’s chosen or, perhaps more accurately, that’s chosen her.

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