HYPERLOCAL NEWS HUB BY THE UNIVERSITY OF MEMPHIS DEPARTMENT OF JOURNALISM
Inbalance Fitness offers specialized exercise programs and service
By: Michael G. Lander/MicroMemphis Reporter
November 11, 2012
Among the various businesses that line Cooper Avenue is one that designs and implements exercise programs. It is also passionate about promoting healthy lifestyles for its clientele. that business is inbalance Fitness.
"Inbalance is a locally owned, locally grown business," said Scott Lebowitz, who opened inbalance in 1998. Lebowitz is president of inbalance, which is located at 794 South Cooper with a second place at 718 Harbor Bend in Harbortown.
The company has been part of the Cooper-Young community since its inception. The first brick-and-mortar location opened on Oct. 30, 2003. For two years prior to that, Lebowitz worked as a fitness director for Wimbledon Sportsplex and 650 Health and Fitness, which acquired Wimbleton.
Inbalance specializes in designing and implementing exercise programs for clients under the care of other healthcare providers, like physicians, and physical and occupational therapists.
"Many of our clients are recovering from orthopedic injuries and/or surgeries and are living with neurological diseases like Parkinson's and Multiple Sclerosis, as well as those living with cardiovascular and metabolic diseases," Lebowitz said.
Even though you will find weights, treadmills and other equipment inside the facility, it is actually a personal training studio that offers one-on-one support from full-time fitness professionals who have a minimum of five years of experience with many who have over 10 years. Most of these are independent contractors and they have 35 individuals, altogether, who work for, or with, inbalance at their two locations.
In addition to the access to fitness professionals, inbalance also offers private group fitness classes like yoga, spinning, strength training, and step. They also ensure that their clients have access to other fitness and wellness professionals with a massage therapist and a registered dietician.
Dr. Sage Graham is the spinning class instructor at inbalance and she also leads spinning classes at the University of Memphis where she is an assistant professor of linguistics. The spinning classes are currently only scheduled to go through to the end of December with no plans to continue them at the Cooper-Young location after that.
There are about 100 active personal training clients at the Cooper-Young facility, Lebowitz said, and they can easily accommodate their schedules since they have trainers available seven days a week. Their sessions start as early as 5 a.m. and run as late as 8 p.m.
"Typically, we are busiest from January through June and the least busy in the summer," Lebowitz said. "We usually have a surge around the start of school until the end of Thanksgiving as well," he added.
As for cost, the amount that clients are charged is dependent upon the amount of the services that they require. Most of the clients are seen on a one-on-one, hourlong basis, Lebowitz said.
For the staff at inbalance, the real reward would seem to come from the success that they have with their clients. "We love what we do here and the opportunity to help someone achieve a level of independence that they lost due to injury, illness, or inactivity is simply amazing," Lebowitz said.
Michael Lander covers Sports and Recreation for MicroMemphis.
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