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A super-supportive, no drama, community-driven, spotlessly clean gym? Not possible you say? It is possible, and it exists at Gunning Elite Training (GET), where everyone works together to feel better, move better, and get stronger.
If you’ve hesitated to join a gym, worried that you will feel unwelcome; are looking for a place that can help you recover from an injury; or you are simply looking for someplace new to change up your routine and reach your goals, read on to learn more about the people and philosophies that make GET in Malta different in all the best ways.
The “Elite” in Elite Training Is Not What You Think
Some people see the name of the gym, “Gunning Elite Training,” and think only serious athletes work out there, but that’s just not true!
When you hear the word “elite” think “top-notch” or “the best,” not, “exclusive only to professional athletes.” GET provides top-notch training, the best equipment, and a safe, supportive environment to help you reach your goals. GET’s training programs and memberships offer members personal training without paying personal training prices.
Focusing on offering the best services and fostering a positive environment is what has fueled GET’s success over the last five years. Matt Gunning and his wife Casey opened GET in 2013 in Ballston Spa in a 1,200-square-foot space with about 10 members. Since then, they have moved to Malta and expanded their footprint to a 3,500-square-foot space with a growing team of 85+ members.
A Team Mentality With a Personalized Approach
It’s no secret most gym-goers push themselves harder and show more consistency in their training when part of a group. GET combines this accountability factor with a personalized approach to get the best results possible for their team members.
Upon joining, you will meet one-on-one with Head Trainer Matt Gunning to go through a free personal assessment. This assessment helps identify your abilities, goals, past experience, and any injuries or concerns. This information ultimately allows GET trainers to help you make the most of your workout each time you walk into the gym.
Small groups of about 8 to 12 people work out together, feeding off of each other to push themselves out of their comfort zones. It’s personalized training fueled by the strength of a team.
Technology also amplifies the personal approach with real-time Heart Rate Monitor (HRM) data displayed on-screen in the gym. Personal HRMs highlight effort levels and provide trainers valuable insight to better coach team members individually, ensuring appropriate levels of intensity and recovery.
How Strength, Mobility & Education Come Together
There are four different types of classes with 30+ classes offered during the week, and the Achieve adult membership allows guests to attend as many classes as they want.
The four different classes focus on: cardio and conditioning, strength, kettlebells, and mobility. Stick Mobility, the newest class type on the GET schedule, is a new training style picking up in the fitness industry that utilizes a long, bendy stick to create resistance with mobility and stretching, similar to yoga.
GET Smarter sessions are also offered. These sessions allow attendees to dive into a specific topic for up to 1 hour. GET trainers aim to educate GET team members on why they’re doing what they’re doing at the gym, ultimately helping them to get even more out of their workouts.
Recovering From an Injury? No Problem!
Injuries and illness are an inevitable part of life. GET understands this and even embraces it, which is why their personalized approach takes any potential issues into consideration.
Those working with a shoulder injury, back problems, chronic pain, or some other physical issue may not feel comfortable or welcome at other gyms. Shying away from getting back into the workout world isn’t going to get them moving and feeling better – and that’s where GET can help. The Gunnings specifically work with a number of individuals with various injuries and disabilities, including some who have gone or are going through rehab or physical therapy from an injury.
Matt Gunning explained to us that not all movements are the best movements for everyone. “Squatting with a barbell on your back, for instance, might not be the best if you have shoulder issues, or someone might have back issues, or something else,” he said. “We take all that into account and we have a system set up for how we’ll address the issue. We find the right exercises for them.”
The Gunnings have seen people come in with a knee injury, unable to even go for a run, but they stick with the workouts and slowly get back out there. And, there are many more similar success stories. Whatever the issue is, they can work with you to ease you back into a solid routine, and they’ll do it safely.
A Sense of Community Like No Other
“I joined by myself,” described GET team member Mikal Benamati Troyer. “Since joining, I have met countless funny, interesting, caring, and hardworking everday people that I now call friends.”
Just check out GET’s Facebook page to get a sense of how the support continues beyond the gym, with members rewarding each other’s accomplishments, encouraging one another, and just overall building a really connected community.
In fact, a husband and wife who are both GET members recently organized a get together for the GET family at their house later in the summer. That’s the kind of close-knit group you’ll be joining if you opt to get your workout on at GET!
Intrigued? July Is The Perfect Time To Visit For A 5 Year Anniversary Party & Open House
If you like what you’ve heard so far, you have two prime chances coming up to check out GET for yourself: They’re hosting a five-year anniversary celebration with the Saratoga County Chamber on July 11th, and an open house on the 14th – both taking place right at the gym.
The July 11th anniversary event will offer a ribbon cutting at 10:30am followed by some refreshments and healthy snacks. The open house on the 14th will start with a workout around 8am for anyone who wants to come and see what it’s really like to exercise and train at GET. Be sure to reserve your place in a class for free by contacting Matt and Casey. This will be a perfect chance to check out the space and get more information.
You can contact the Gunnings at 518.944.1429 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
GET is located in Ellsworth Commons on Route 9 in Malta.