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Louie Morrison coaches Ernie Hein during a recent training session at LA Fitness Louie Morrison coaches Ernie Hein during a recent training session at LA Fitness
New gym opens on Columbia Street

BANGOR - A personal trainer from Hermon has decided to stretch his muscles and open his very own studio in Bangor called LA Training. Louie Morrison said being a business owner is something he never envisioned when he entered the physical fitness industry, but when the opportunity presented itself it was something he couldn't resist. 

"I had plenty of business where I was at but saw a lot of people who wanted to be trained and weren't comfortable in a big gym environment, so I found a way to expand by downsizing," Morrison explained.

He left Union Street Athletics and purchased a spot at 40 Columbia Street where he could offer a semi-private workout space for his clients and other prospective customers who aren't particularly fond of breaking a sweat in front of a large group of people.

"This setting makes people feel more comfortable because they're only in front of one or two other people," he said. "We've been open since July and the most we've had in here at one time is five people."

Ernie Hein, a client of Morrison's for the past couple years, had no troubles adjusting to the new location.

"It's quiet, private and comfy," Hein said. "I like to eat, so Louie is my conscience. I think twice about what I put in my mouth at my age. People spend so frivolously, but if they spent a few bucks a week on their health they wouldn't have high blood pressure or diabetes."

Unlike many other health buffs, Hein's fitness goal isn't to reach a lower number on the scale, but rather a better score out on the golf course.

"I play a lot of golf with guys in their 20s and 30s. My goal is to keep up with them," he explained.

With two floors of equipment and three trainers, there's plenty to keep anyone's heart pumping at LA Training.

"Upstairs is a functional training area. I have six or seven pieces of cardio equipment so clients can warm up and cool down and all the latest cross fit styling equipment mixed with aerobic equipment like jump rumps, kettle bells and medicine balls," Morrison explained. "In the basement of the building I put bench presses, punching bags, a squat rack and a bunch of different mixed martial arts/kickboxing style equipment."

And unlike most gyms and fitness studios in the area, LA Training is only open during the day, Monday through Friday.

"I made the hours so the building is only open when I'm there," Morrison said. "I just can't believe how well it's worked out. It's been good, it's real good."

LA Training is open Monday through Thursday, 5:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Fridays 5:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Last modified on Wednesday, 24 October 2012 22:04

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