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30-Minute Fitness, located at 552 Middle Neck Road in Great Neck, has chosen Arlene and Michael Nevens as the club's Members of the Month for February 2009. Says Sandy Levy, president, 30-Minute Fitness, "With Valentine's Day rapidly approaching, we decided to choose as the 30-Minute Fitness February Members of the Month a happily married couple, who joined shortly after our grand opening in November 1997. Michael Nevens and his wife, Arlene, have worked out regularly three times each week since joining and rarely miss an appointment."

Arlene and Michael Nevens

Before coming to 30-Minute Fitness, Michael Nevens, a retired C.P.A., had never worked out at a health club. He lifted weights and exercised at home. Arlene, on the other hand, was a member at another gym. She was waiting for that membership to finish before coming to 30-Minute Fitness. As a matter of fact, she told Michael to join first. It was her referral that got him in the door.

Michael joined using a coupon for three free workouts, and had it not been for that coupon, he might never have joined. "The first time I worked out here with a trainer I developed an excruciating headache and was very reluctant to come back. But the second workout was better. I only had a mild headache. By my third workout, exercise-induced headaches were a thing of the past. I haven't had one since."

Because Michael had never worked with a personal trainer prior to joining 30-Minute Fitness, he wasn't aware of how much harder those workouts can be. "It's much easier when you work yourself out. If I tell myself I'm going to do 20 reps and only do 15, that's fine. But when my trainer tells me to do 20 reps, I do 20 reps! You can never work yourself out as hard as a trainer will work you. A good trainer pushes you to get the most out of yourself. That's one of the main reasons I like working with a trainer."

Arlene, the library director in Sea Cliff, never worked out until she started one-on-one training in 1994 at a gym that has since gone out of business in Great Neck. "At the time, I was in a diet program where they emphasized the importance of exercise. That's why I started working out." Admittedly Arlene was a couch potato who did not have the discipline to work out on her own. The format of a one-on-one training program appealed to her. "Other gyms would have been a definite deterrent to me. I didn't think I belonged at the bigger health clubs where, I assumed, everyone was younger and already in shape. I needed a friendly, guided environment, and I found it at 30-Minute Fitness."

Initially Arlene lost 35 pounds. She came to 30-Minute Fitness to keep the weight off. "I know my weight would be horrific if I didn't work out. In addition, exercise helps keep my cholesterol, blood pressure and bone density in check. Without the weight training, I can't imagine how bad my levels would be."

Michael Nevens has never really had a weight issue. He is 6-foot-three and very lean. His reasons for working out at 30-Minute Fitness are different from Arlene's. "I work out because I know it's good for me. I never tell my trainer the weight is too heavy, but I will tell him it's too light. I think that's why I am constantly getting stronger. I also like variety in my

workouts. Without it, I would get bored. My trainer is constantly introducing new exercises and new variations on old exercises. I am still getting great results without the boredom. And I feel great."

Both Michael and Arlene love the club's by-appointment-only policy. They have standing appointments three times a week. Says Arlene, "30-Minute Fitness has always accommodated my work schedule. The half-hour workouts are just perfect for me, because they do not take time away from anything else."

Michael agrees, sort of! "I like the commitment of having an appointment, and I don't like it, as well. As my day progresses, and I realize I have to be at the gym at a certain time, I feel pressured. But once I'm here, I'm happy."

30-Minute Fitness, Inc., which has been in business in Great Neck since 1997, runs on a by-appointment-only basis combining personal training with strength training and packaging its full-body workouts into just 30 minutes. The health club is open Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For information, or to make an appointment for a free workout, call 30-Minute Fitness at 466-8410.


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