Will The Fitness Doctor be the next mayor?

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With a Ph.D. and an M.B.A., Dr. Fredrick Peters is the founder of Independence-based The Fitness Doctor. Find out what makes this clinical exercise physiologist different from all other personal trainers—and why he’s now running for mayor of Broadview Heights. (Photography: Benjamin Margalit)

By Laura Briedis

Dr. Fredrick Peters is a familiar face around town. Whether customizing workout routines for clients at his private fitness facility, serving as a mentor for the STEM business plan program at Brecksville/Broadview Heights High School, or volunteering at local churches—he aims high in every endeavor he pursues.

As owner of The Fitness Doctor, he has been helping residents improve their health and wellness since founding the business in 2011. And now that he announced his candidacy for mayor of Broadview Heights, he hopes to help the entire community.

We recently sat down with Dr. Peters to get to know this man who was born and raised in Northeast Ohio and is a graduate of St. Ignatius High School and John Carroll University. He is triple-degreed, with a Ph.D. in Physiology, a Master of Business Administration and a Bachelor’s Degree in Corporate Communications.

Q. What makes you different from other personal trainers?
A. As a clinical exercise physiologist, I take a scientific approach to exercise. During a client’s consultation, I examine numerous parameters including cardiac EKG, pulse oximetry, resting metabolism and much more.

I assess my “four pillars of fitness” then prescribe an individualized program for each client.

As a health and wellness professional, I believe I’ve raised the standards in the fitness industry, which is often filled with unqualified people.

Q. Can you be more specific about “raising the standards” in your field?
A. According to the IDEA Health and Fitness Association, up to 45% of trainers who claim to be certified simply aren’t. I have a doctorate in the field of exercise physiology and offer people a service that, to my knowledge, has not been done outside of a hospital setting. If you’re working with a personal trainer and he or she does not have an advanced degree in the field (and multiple certifications) you can, and should, do better.

Q. How does The Fitness Doctor differ from all the national fitness center chains popping up in Northeast Ohio?
A. Being a locally owned business, we really have our hands on the pulse of the community. We are a family business. My brother, Mathew, is Director of Operations and my mom helps in the office.

It’s not just a cliché, our clients become like family (many of them were even at my wedding). The Fitness Doctor is different because we’re not just your “average personal trainer.” Any personal trainer should be able to help you shed a few pounds. What I’m providing is a clinical approach to lasting health and wellness, without pills or gimmicks. In fact, we were recently honored to have been voted “Top Trainer in Northeast Ohio” by Cleveland City Voter.

Q. Why do you want to run for mayor?
A. I initially founded my company in Broadview Heights and want to give back to the city that gave me my start in business. I am passionate about helping others and believe we can aim higher in all we do in the city to help our residents.

Q. What is the focus of your campaign?
A. My primary focus is the health and well-being of our community, which is why I am introducing my “Health Heights” initiative. I would like to bring together physicians and other healthcare professionals to focus on preventative health care in our community.

Secondly, as a business owner, I interact with corporate leaders, residents and other small-business owners daily. These interactions have led me to realize the significance of government and how it can improve, or hinder, the people it is intended to serve when left unchecked.

Lastly, we need to have more transparency in our local government. I have attended several city council meetings and have noticed that nearly every legislation passes on first reading “declaring an emergency.” I believe residents should have more of a voice, and, if elected, I will let their voice be heard.

Q. What skills do you bring to the office of mayor?
A. Drawing on my strong business acumen, I would run the city like the CEO of a company. I believe a good mayor should be a public servant and give back to the community. The leaders in our community are significantly older than the age of the average resident. I can bring a fresh perspective to the position and my desire to serve our community is the main reason why I decided to pursue this. As a family man and businessman, I want to do everything in my power to help. I love the city I live in, I am raising my family here and I want my children to live in the best environment possible.

Q. The Fitness Doctor donates to many local and national charities every year. As mayor how will you continue this philanthropic spirit?
A. If elected I will donate $100,000 of my salary back to the community. I would like to see this money go toward making the Broadview Heights city recreation center more affordable for every resident because I believe strongly in improving the health and wellness of all residents. Every resident should be able to join regardless of financial circumstances.

The Fitness Doctor is located at 6571 Brecksville Road, in Independence. To make an appointment, call 440-447-0347 or visit TheFitnessDoctors.com for more information.

Also check out Peters4Mayor.com for more details on his “Aim Higher” mayoral campaign. A paid advertisement paid for by the candidate.