Enter to win the eight-week, New Year, New You makeover contest at Fitness Together in Brecksville and Concord

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In partnership with two local salons, Fitness Together is going to transform the life—and look—of two lucky readers. (Photography: Benjamin Margalit)

By Patricia Nugent

Want to make 2019 the last year you ever made a New Year’s Resolution to lose weight and get back into shape? This month, Fitness Together in Brecksville and Concord is introducing its Eight-Week, New Year, New You Makeover Contest.

“With the holidays coming up, including parties, family gatherings and family pictures, we thought to ourselves, now would be the perfect time to transform someone to help them look and feel their absolute best,” says owner Sean Sullivan.

“On a day-to-day basis, we’re in the life transformation business, so we’d like to give back to a deserving person in the community who wants to go from a ‘before’ to an ‘after.’ Maybe someone who has tried and failed to lose weight and get in shape, but isn’t ready to give up.”

The winner will receive—free of charge, no strings attached—eight weeks of science-based, results-driven professional training at Fitness Together. And to complete the transformation, Sean and his team are partnering with Studio Muse Salon in Brecksville, and Oscar Giovanni Salon & Spa in Concord where a dramatic haircut, color, highlights and makeup makeover will happen.

Fitness Together’s elite, one-on-one level of training ensures clients do not get bored.

“Whoever wins this contest will be looking and feeling fabulous by the time holiday parties roll around,” says Brooke Kratche, FT studio manager. “And since he or she will have a nutrition plan in place, customized to them, they won’t have to worry about making it through the big, heavy holiday dinners and cocktail parties.”

The makeover package the Fitness Together trainers are giving the lucky winner includes 32 training sessions (four per week) customized to that person’s level of fitness and goals, as well as a cardio plan and two nutrition assessments.

Brooke says it’s easy to enter, just write a few lines explaining why you’d be a good candidate for a makeover and submit a photo of yourself online on their website, BrecksvilleMakeover.com, or drop the form off, or mail it to one of the studios.

State-of-the-art equipment in private training suites includes cardio machines, suspension bands, medicine and stability balls, battle ropes and weights.

Goals Met
“Our clients achieve impressive results due to the studio’s unique brand of expertise, environment and accountability,” says Brooke. “Our elite, one-on-one level of training, with different trainers and ever-changing workouts, ensures clients do not get bored. Each client’s progress is evaluated every step of the way. Plus, our state-of-the-art equipment in private training suites includes cardio machines, suspension bands, medicine and stability balls, battle ropes and weights.”

She points out that the studio tends to attract long-term clients who appreciate attaining their ultimate level of fitness for life and are not just in it for the short term.

Each client’s progress is evaluated every step of the way.

Putting on the Glam
An upscale salon with an esthetic of rustic chic, Studio Muse Salon fuses fashion, lifestyle, art and design so its clients feel their best, most confident selves.

“We’re thrilled to be part of this contest, helping someone local transform their look and their life,” says Madalyn Reinholz. “Our highly educated team is filled with talent and passion and our specialty is customizing the perfect cut, color and style to each client.”

In addition to the full range of hair services, the salon also offers waxing and microblading for brow perfection.

For the participants in the Concord area, Giovanni Salon and Spa will be helping with the makeover.

In an atmosphere that’s always welcoming, never pretentious, Oscar Giovanni Salon & Spa is a luxurious full-service operation featuring hair and nail services, waxing, microblading, makeup, facials and massage.

“Over the past 15 years, we have witnessed the Concord area blossom into what it is today,” say Oscar and Jennifer Flynn, who own the family business, with locations in Concord and Chagrin Falls. “As it continues to grow, we look forward to collaborating with and providing the community opportunities to experience these amazing new businesses and all they have to offer.”

Oscar says their team is thrilled to be part of this contest, helping someone local transform their look and their life.

“Our cutting-edge, highly educated stylists are filled with talent and passion and our specialty lies in customizing the perfect cut, color and style to each client,” he adds.

Look for the big reveal of the winner and chronicle their journey of transformation in the January issue of Mimi Magazine.

Fitness Together is located within Chippewa Commons at 8251 Chippewa Road in Brecksville. Hours are Monday-Saturday, 6 a.m.-9 p.m. For more information, call 440-550-4862, or visit the website at FitnessTogether.com/brecksville. The Concord location is 7651 Crile Road, within the shopping center behind Starbucks. And their contact number is 216-278-7766.

Find out more about Elements Massage at Elementsmassage.com/concord-oh. Salon Muse is located at 8803 Brecksville Road in Brecksville, 440-740-0000. Oscar Giovanni Salon and Spa is located at 7572 Fredle Drive in Concord, 440-357-8338, OscarGiovanniSalon.com.