A unique place to work out opened July 7 in Ormond Beach. When you walk into the brand new facility, you might get the feeling you’ve entered someone’s nicely designed attic, and that’s on purpose.
The Fit Attic at 1290 Hand Ave., Suite C, with its wooden steps going up to an upper level, and workout equipment hanging from wooden railings, is supposed to look like a casual and fun place to work out, and that’s what it is.
Co-owner Sean Strosahl said he offers exercises that a person will not find in a standard gym. With most gym equipment, he said, the person is sitting or lying down, and working only a primary or secondary muscle.
Strosahl can demonstrate a seemingly limitless number of exercises that can be done with the equipment in his facility to exercise the entire body. There are ropes, resistant bands, suspension trainers, power bands, stability balls, kettlebells, free weights and other devices.
“I want to help you in your everyday life,” he said.
Strosahl was a Marine for four years, and wants to share what he learned about conditioning and fitness.
“It’s about helping others,” he said. “Helping them change their lifestyle, seeing the improvement and being a part of their story. Maybe they’ve always been overweight. I can help them go in a different direction.”
He said he likes to have a fun, family atmosphere and group classes where the customers get to know and encourage each other.
Strosahl, who lived in Ormond Beach most of his life, started Impact Fitness and Health in Port Orange, beginning with 1,000 square feet and quickly expanding to 4,250 square feet. His Ormond facility has 1,250 square feet, and he’s already planning on doubling the size by expanding into the unit next door. In the future, he may open in other places, such as Palm Coast.
Strosahl said he has two main types of exercise programs: “high-intensity, cardiovascular interval training” for fat loss; and “metabolic resistance training,” which has short periods of intense resistance.
He said an ideal exercise program should be enjoyable, accessible, progressive, safe, balanced, adaptable and effective for the individual.
“If you’re looking to change your body, you must change your behavior,” he said. In weight loss, nutrition is as important as exerciser.
Strosahl offers a free, two-week trial period, and then people can purchase a package.
He said a person will be evaluated at the beginning, and then will get personalized attention. He plans to have one group trainer for every eight people.
The name Fit Attic came from the word, “fanatic,” as in “fitness attic.”