I am writing this review because I am a huge fan of Chris’ program and not because I am in any way connected to Synergy Fitness other than being a very satisfied client. Chris Spears has developed a great fitness program at Synergy Fitness. It is a small-group personal training concept that delivers a very efficient full-body workout in less than one hour. Each session incorporates several different exercises in a short-interval format. TRX bands, medicine balls, kettlebells, Bosu, bands, ab rollers, platforms, and free weights may all be used. The workouts change every day.
Each exercise employs several muscle groups so that you get an entire body and core work out in addition to aerobic exercise. This is done in a low-impact style where Chris emphasizes using the correct technique to maximize the benefit of each exercise while minimizing the chances of injury.
I have worked out for many years and most recently had done kick-boxing and circuit/HIIT/boot camp classes. However, I injured my foot early this year and realized that I had to limit the amount of high-impact exercises to allow my injury to heal. I found Synergy Fitness and it is the best thing I could have done. I have a longstanding lower back issue which intermittently flares up with exercise; in the last few years, I always have had a minor to major ache in my lower back. Rolling over in bed, bending over, etc. could frequently be painful.
With the strengthening of my core through exercising at Synergy combined with better awareness of how to protect and stretch my back, I am now largely pain-free after only a few months. It has been so gratifying to not feel this pain as I go through my day, and I give Chris’ program a lot of credit for helping me achieve this goal.
People of all fitness levels work out at Synergy and the class format works well for those in great shape as well as for those just starting or getting back into working out. Chris has a great personality and I really enjoy the time I spend there. With work and two kids at home, I love the fact that I can get an amazing workout in 45 minutes! He has several morning and evening classes every weekday and morning classes on Saturdays. And while I like to think that I’m in really good shape, I also realize that it is easy to injure myself (late 40’s).
I like the fact that the goal is not to perform the exercises at a frenetic pace, but to do them at a pace that allows me to get the maximum benefit from each exercise without unnecessarily risking injury. There are usually 4-8 people working out in a class with room for 12 and the atmosphere is very pleasant. It’s not unduly competitive and people are friendly.
I feel that many people could benefit from this type of class. If you are thinking at all about trying it, I encourage you to go. It usually takes a class or two to get familiar with many of the exercises you will encounter, but then it is easy to pick up any new exercises. Chris and Michael are great at explaining and demonstrating the workout at the beginning of every class, and they give feedback throughout the session on an individual basis.
~ Caroline Chang