Fitness Together Fairlawn and Medina

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“The reason we are so successful is that our goal is to equip people for life, producing permanent results—not just until they fit into a pair of pants, or lose 20 pounds,” — Erin Mellinger, Fitness Together Medina owner and personal trainer

Planning, execution and personalized attention are strong suits here. During a client’s first session, nary a dumbbell is lifted. This consultation is a collaborative dialogue that allows the trainer to set goals and prepare a training plan geared toward helping a client meet his or her goals. After every six weeks of training, an evaluation is done to see where the process can be tweaked.

Mission possible: customized training that works
Fitness Together Medina is the opposite of a busy gym or rec center. There’s no wandering around waiting for equipment. People who value their time appreciate coming in and getting the exercise done.

Everything in a training session—from the equipment used to the movements selected, challenge level and even music playing—is geared to what the client enjoys best.

And the formula works. The team of trainers at Fitness Together Medina, who have earned undergraduate and graduate degrees in exercise science, exercise physiology and nutrition, report a myriad of success stories, from clients losing weight to gaining muscle or flexibility.

Replacing excuses with real answers
The savvy trainers at Fitness Together Medina have knocked out the Top 10 excuses people who don’t exercise typically use:

  1. “I’m too busy.” Try waking up an hour earlier or working out during your lunch hour. Schedule an hour here or there during your week for exercise and write it on your calendar just like any other appointment.
  2. “Exercise is boring.” Find what’s fun for you and change up your workouts to reflect that.
  3. “I’m in too much pain.” Supervised exercise strengthens the muscles that support bones and joints, so in the long run it will reduce pain. And performing moves with the proper form will avoid any potential strain or injury.
  4. “Joining a gym costs too much.” Exercise and weight loss can help you avoid expensive illnesses or injury.
  5. “I’m too fat to exercise.” The training suites at Fitness Together offer complete privacy. It’s the opposite of a crowded gym.
  6. “I’m not coordinated enough.” See #5. Plus, you’d be surprised by how much your coordination improves with each workout.
  7. “It’s too hot,” or, “It’s too cold.” The climate-controlled studio provides a perfect atmosphere for exercise and includes changing areas for people coming from work.
  8. “I’ll mess up my hair.” Really? Just wear a headband and toss dry shampoo into your workout bag.
  9. “I partied too much last night.” Forget about the raw eggs and tomato juice, exercise gets the blood flowing to your muscles and oxygen to your poor, tired brain.
  10. “I’m too tired.” Bag the naptime and hit the training studio. Exercise is a natural energy booster, as it improves muscle strength and revs up your cardiovascular system during the workout and beyond.

You are what you eat
The Nutrition Together program, which dovetails nicely with Fitness Together training, encourages people to eat smarter and avoid unhealthy eating behaviors through six weekly sessions overseen by a registered dietician.

Clients are counseled about how nutrition is part of the equation to meeting their goals. Many people think their diets are healthful, but when they see the truth front of them on a sheet of paper, they realize it really isn’t.

Fitness Together is located within the Medina Signature Square Shopping Center at 3725 Medina Road, Suite #106, in Medina. The new Fairlawn location is at 2890 Sand Run Parkway, Suite B. Hours are Monday-Friday, 5:30 a.m.-9:00 p.m.; Saturdays, 5:30 a.m.-3:00 p.m. For Medina, call 330-952-0833, and for Fairlawn, call 330-940-1470. Visit to see more testimonials.