Center Grove residents wanting to shed some weight now have a new place to work out.
Chris Egbert and John Kyle, both 23, have started a new fitness center, Aboutium Fitness, 1090 S. State Road 135, Greenwood. The center opened in June.
Egbert and Kyle are Center Grove residents who graduated from IUPUI last year with degrees in Spanish and philosophy.
Egbert offers his take on how two college kids took the idea of helping two friends get into shape and turned it into a business venture.
»How did the idea for the gym come about?
We were both seniors in college and had friends, 300-pound twins. We sat with them one day, and they told us how their weight issues affected their confidence levels and their social life. I offered to train them for free. They lost 80 pounds. We decided we wanted to start training people. About 20 people came to us for training in a garage when we decided that we needed a bigger place.
»What kind of workout do you offer?
We use boxing, high-interval aerobic training and cross-training all in one large circuit routine to maximize results. Depending on the level of fitness, we have two- to three-minute rounds with one-minute intervals between each round. We switch it up so the body can’t get used to the workout. We also have a rowing machine, treadmills and other fitness equipment.
»What is your goal for the fitness center?
I just graduated college my goal is to make a successful company. It is awesome to come back and help people in the community.
»What makes your gym different than other gyms?
We do small group training, so basically it is personal training for cheaper rates than like-minded competitors. (Rates depend on the package ordered, but the cost is about $5 a workout). We have people of all shapes and sizes, so anyone can feel comfortable working out.
»What makes your training
techniques so effective?
It is the training part, we stay on top of them. We are making sure they stay on top of nutrition, if you workout five days a week, it won’t do much if you don’t watch nutrition. We will call you if you don’t show up to a work out without a heads up.