A local fitness facility invites everyone to keep trekking on their fitness journey, regardless of age or fitness level. “Training Personally is a gym in Westwood that welcomes everyone who has a desire to be the healthy person they were created to be,” Peggy Edwards, Personal Trainer and Owner of Training Personally, says. “It is a gym where clients are encouraged and celebrated for every success, no matter how big or small. It is a gym where you are personally guided through a workout based on your abilities.”
Edwards hasn’t always been into fitness. She started working out regularly in her late 30s. At the time she started working out, she had four children and her body was changing.
This encouraged her to join a YMCA and started to attend resistance classes twice a week. “I was getting healthier and it was fun because I started to get to know the regulars in the class and I felt I was part of a family,” Edwards says. “If I didn’t show up for a class, everyone wanted to know why. It was great for accountability.”
She began teaching classes at the YMCA in 2002, and received her personal training certificate from the American Council on Exercise in 2008 and started training her family and friends.
“Then, in 2012, I got a very strong feeling that I should open a gym so I could help more people in my community be the healthy humans God created them to be,” Edwards says. “The idea seemed crazy. I had a full-time job as a church administrative assistant and I still taught classes at the YMCA. I knew I would not be able to quit my day job, so where was the time? I prayed for direction, and the idea kept feeling like a ‘calling.’ Finally in January 2016, the gym opened with my husband’s support. It took him a while to warm up to the idea. I retired from my day job in October 2017.”
Training Personally became a LLC in October of 2015, and her gym opened on January 4, 2016. There are a variety of services offered at Training Personally, and they are: open times for circuit training, personal training, and you can get a fitness assessment done.
Training Personally defines success by the achievements of Edwards’ clients who have never exercised before. One example she shares: “Her first success story was about how she could kneel down to tie her shoe and get back up without help,” Edwards says. “She has had many other little successes that have added up to stronger muscles, bones, better balance and a trimmer shape.”
Edwards offers another success story of a man who had a total knee replacement surgery: “I had a client who has had a total knee replacement. His leg is moving in ways he never thought possible,” she says. “I also have a young lady who has lost 70lbs. Every time someone tells me they can now move in a way they haven’t been able to is a success. We want to be able to move so we can do the things God created us to do.”
The gym is so important for the Cincinnati community. “I have clients coming from all over, but my heart is for the West Side,” Edwards says, adding that her business brings people of all shapes, sizes, and color together with two like-minded goals:
Training Personally is located at 3634 Boudinot Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio 45211. To learn more, follow them on Facebook.