SPARRING PARTNERS: An extensive selection of workout and training opportunities are available at NexT Fit Clubs. Shown here is a personal trainer helping an energetic member “learn the ropes” during a training session.
By Jean Stratton
Ready for some exercise? The winter chill may not beckon you outdoors for a quick walk or bike ride, but an alternative is there, and the time is now!
A new year can launch a new beginning, and NexT Fit Clubs at 390 Wall Street offers a complete range of strength and cardio equipment, personal training, and classes.
“January is a big time for new members,” says owner and president Kevin R. Price. “People want a new start for the new year after all that holiday eating. They’re ready for a healthier lifestyle.”
Opened in October 2019, the club welcomes clients of all fitness levels and all ages. Whether you want to lose weight, tone up, lower cholesterol, or get ready for summer swimsuits, there will be a program for you. All shapes and sizes welcome!
“We have clients in high school, retirees, and everyone in between. Everyone can find a program to suit their needs, abilities, and goals,” points out Price. “We are a health club and fitness center with a personal training focus, and we also offer nutritional guidance.
“The nice thing about NexT Fit is that we’re a bit smaller, with a more intimate space, and a little quieter than some other fitness clubs. It makes people more comfortable. A big priority is our welcoming atmosphere. The staff knows everyone’s name, and we are all concerned about the members’ welfare and progress.”
All the personal trainers are certified and have years of extensive experience and expertise, he adds. They work closely with members to customize the training to help each individual achieve his or her goal.
“When a new member joins, we do a free evaluation, assessing their fitness level, mobility, overall health, and their goal,” explains Price. “Then we make a specific plan for them.”
Various membership programs are offered, he adds. Members can work exclusively with a personal trainer; part-time with a trainer, combining that with working on their own; or participate in small group training, including a variety of programs focusing on conditioning, strengthening, and building muscle.
“We have state-of-the-art cardiovascular and strength training equipment, including machines and free weights,” reports Price. Rowing machines, elliptical trainers, bikes, treadmills, and more are all available, and members enjoy using all the equipment, he notes.
Four Times A Week
Price came to the world of fitness after a previous career in business, and opened the first NexT Fit Club in Hillsborough in 2015.
“I hadn’t been especially
interested in fitness before, but I decided I wanted a change, and this opportunity became available. Now, I train four times a week!”
Working out that often can bring positive results, he points out. But not everyone is able to come that often, and three times a week can also bring improvement. Even those who come once or twice a week will benefit.
“Also,” he adds, “if someone has been sitting on a couch for the past two years because of COVID, they will certainly see improvement if they get moving.”
It is always best to work with a trainer in the beginning, as the client learns what to do and how to use the equipment correctly. Keeping people motivated is a priority, and while many clients have the best intentions, they can lose interest for a variety of reasons.
“The personal trainer can help with this, and keep the program varied and interesting,” says Price. “It’s important to keep a balanced program, and also, you don’t want people to overdo, but keep it challenging.”
When NexT Fit opened in Princeton, it got off to a great start, he reports. Of course, no one could have foreseen what would happen in early 2020.
The arrival of COVID-19 was a blow to everyone, and caused serious problems for many businesses.
“Shortly after we opened, we got hit with COVID, and we had to close from March to September. In the summer, we held virtual online classes, and these were popular with members,” says Price.
When they were able to reopen, people began to come back on site, but not in the same numbers as pre-COVID-19. “We actually lost 40 percent of our members, but, fortunately, they are beginning to come back. We have been very lucky with our staff, however, and there hasn’t been much turnover.”
Of course, NexT Fit has all the sanitary precautions in place, including wiping down machines after each use. In addition, people are not crowded together as they use the equipment, and this is a plus.
Clients really like the facility, reports Price. It offers a nice sense of space, with plenty of room around the machines, separate rooms for classes and training, and up-to-date locker rooms, including showers.
Despite the challenges of COVID-19, he is very pleased with his new career, and is anticipating membership getting back to pre-COVID-19 levels.
“I am enjoying this so much. I like to see people making positive changes, and I like talking with them as they improve and are encouraged. We are really helping to make a difference in their lives, and they can feel proud of themselves. They have worked hard to achieve their goal.”
“Interestingly,” he continues, “this feeling was a byproduct for me. When I opened the club, I didn’t realize I’d have this strong personal connection. Now, seeing the members do well is very important to me.”
In addition to the various workout programs, NexT Fit offers other advantages, including a monthly newsletter with training, nutrition, and recipe tips.
“We also have special promotions,” says Price. “For example, if a current member brings in a new member, the original member gets two months free of dues, and the new member receives a special discounted rate.”
A number of different membership programs and packages are available, he notes. “Memberships begin at $34.99 a month for a one-year membership, and there are also weekly passes for $25.00 as well as additional short-term options.
“I look forward to getting back to pre-COVID membership levels, and we are getting there. I am encouraged,” says Price. “Eventually, if things go well, I hope to open a third location. It is our goal to help more people to look and feel good.”
The club is open seven days, and current hours include weekday 5:30 and 6:30 a.m. starting times and closing at 7 or 8 p.m. Saturday hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. (609) 252-1117. Website: nextfitclubs.com.