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SNAP FITNESS MANAGER Michael Parker talks with a client at the SNAP Fitness Center at 3975 Durock Road, Shingle Springs. Democrat photo by Shelly Thorene

SNAP FITNESS MANAGER Michael Parker talks with a client at the SNAP Fitness Center at 3975 Durock Road, Shingle Springs. Democrat photo by Shelly Thorene

Healthy Trends 2012

Snap Fitness offers 24-hour convenience in Shingle Springs

By From page D6 | January 27, 2012

Get fit. Stay healthy. Feel great. Easier said than done.

Snap Fitness owner Becky Reinhart opened her second fitness club in El Dorado County in Shingle Springs last year. Reinhart was formerly vice president for operations at a biotechnology firm in San Diego. She has a passion for fitness and when she moved to El Dorado County in 2005 she opened her first Snap Fitness club at 1248 Broadway in Placerville.

The new club is also located near Highway 50, at 3975 Durock Road.

Snap Fitness, headquartered near Minneapolis, Minn., sold its first franchise in 2004 and is now international. The clubs are designed to provide fast, convenient and affordable service.

Fast: There is a 60-day Fast Start Program featuring cardio and strength-training workouts and fitness classes. An initial fitness consultation helps clients learn how to best use the cardio and strength-training equipment, plus other services, to reach their goals.

Convenient: The clubs are easy to get to, with plenty of free parking. They are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.

Affordable: There are different levels of use. Clients pay month-by-month rather than being held to long-term contracts.

Reinhart hired Michael Parker as general manager of the Shingle Springs Snap Fitness. Parker said he has always been a fitness enthusiast. Raised on a dairy farm in Curtis, Wash., he studied the human physique and biomechanics.

Parker started at the bottom of the fitness business in 2001 in Fremont. “I was in sales for a few months, then moved up to manager,” he said. “I fell in love with the business. It is unique. I get to see people change their health, their confidence and their lifestyles.”

Five years later, Parker became vice president of operations at one of the top 50 fitness companies in Northern California. In 2009, he became an independent management consultant for fitness club owners. When he met Reinhart, he accepted the management position in Shingle Springs.

Parker said Snap Fitness clubs are smaller and more intimate than most. “We want to create an environment that is comfortable for everyone.”

The clientele is diverse. “We have everyone from young athletes to senior citizens,” he said. Pricing is available for singles, couples, families and company employee groups.

Parker is certified with the National Academy of Sports Medicine and the National Council for Certified Personal Trainers. He has an Associate’s degree in Applied Sciences from Bryan College in Sacramento. To go along with the exercise program, Parker is also a fitness nutrition specialist.

He said there are eight certified personal trainers between the two Snap Fitness clubs.

At an initial Wellness Assessment, a trainer will measure the client’s current condition. The client will receive personalized recommendations to improve fitness and nutrition, manage weight and reduce health risks. Together they will develop the client’s initial goal.

The introductory fitness programs, plus numerous online services, help get clients started on the road to their desired results. Once they have achieved their initial goals, clients can opt to reset them to a higher level.

In addition to the cardio and strength training equipment space, Snap Fitness Shingle Springs is creating an enclosed, private stretching area to develop flexibility.

To supplement the personal fitness regime, or for people who are more motivated in a group setting, clients can join small group personal training programs. One is called Boot Camp 101, a one-hour a week intense total-body workout. The other is called Hard Core, which focuses on achieving a tight waist, strong back and flat abs. It is designed to improve mobility and reduce back pain as well as give a more defined appearance.

Winter cycling classes start at 6 a.m. Other morning classes are Pilates, Zumba and Gentle Yoga. Zumba is a Latin dance inspired fitness routine.

Evening classes, starting at 6 p.m., are Zumba, Vinyasa Yoga and Cycle. Vinyasa Yoga is a fast-paced fitness approach.

Parker said Snap Business is a family business starting with Becky Reinhart and family. “All of the trainers are engaged with the members.”

Snap Fitness has gift certificates at the club or online.

For more information, visit www.snapfitness.com, drop by the club located east of South Shingle Road at 3975 Durock Road, or call 530-672-2777.

Roberta Long

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