Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


October 11, 2012

Andover fitness experts are willing to answer questions about healthy living

New column starting in Townsman

One of the biggest problems for people trying to start exercising? “They try too hard,” says Scott Topjian, fitness director at Main Street’s Latitude Sports Club.

“Fitness is a lifestyle, not a quick fix that will work and stay the same once you stop,” he says. His solution is to “find a friend, co-worker, family member or somebody that wants to achieve the same as you and begin your trek towards a more fit future together.”

Workout guru Art McDermott believes people running on treadmills are not making the best use of their time. Shorter, high intensity workouts are better, he believes.

“As humans we were designed for ‘sprint-rest-sprint-rest’ patterns, not long-distance work. Many exercise enthusiasts are realizing the physique of a sprinter is much more desirable than that of a marathon runner,” McDermott says.

These were among the answers received when Cindy Rayner of Yang’s Fitness asked other local exercise professionals to answer questions about fitness and nutrition.

Some of the answers are being used today to launch a new Townsman feature, a regular fitness column devoted to helping Andover residents live a little healthier.

The Andover fitness experts included in this week’s article are:

Stacy Gillis, certified personal trainer/figure competitor, Elite Personal Training Studio;

Scott Topjian, fitness director, Latitude Sports Clubs;

Art McDermott, owner of Matrix Strength & Fitness; and

Jamey Lachiana, exercise physiologist at Yang’s Fitness.

Here are some examples of what they have to say, and the type of information you can expect to find in the column.


How do you get started on a fitness plan and how do you stay motivated to work out and make good eating choices...long term?

Stacy Gillis: Most importantly you need to be ready mentally and have a goal and a deadline in mind. Ask yourself, do I want to lose weight, feel stronger, improve my endurance? Ask your family for their emotional support. Think about what motivates you whether it is working with a trainer, joining a gym or exercising outdoors. If you like to exercise in a group, try a class. Join a friend at their gym for a day and see if the gym is for you.

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