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Thanks to Dr. Jones and the AAHFRP!

by Meaghan posted November 17, 2016

Thanks to Dr. Mike Jones for another great MES workshop at FocusNYC last weekend!


Here at Focus, we require our trainers to obtain the AAHFRP Medical Exercise Specialist certification within their first year of employment, and we host Dr. Jones for the onsite workshop twice per year at our facility in Chelsea.

The MES program, onsite workshop and ongoing support from Dr. Jones and the AAHFRP have all been enormously helpful for our trainers’ success with post-rehab clients – including those with total hip and knee replacements, back and shoulder pain, diabetes and cardiovascular disease. The personal attention, answers to questions and feedback you receive throughout the program are truly unrivaled, and having both the knowledge and progressive, detailed yet flexible protocols based on Dr. Jones’ years of successful experience as a practicing physical therapist really allows our personal trainers to better manage medical conditions while helping clients safely attain their larger fitness goals.

The MES program has a long-standing track record of success in the field and has become the gold standard for bridging the gap between fitness and rehab. Some our own trainers have even gone on to pursue physical therapy themselves – including Chris Kelly and Ryan Chow (pictured above).

Thank you Dr. Jones and the AAHFRP for your hard work and efforts over the years, and for making the Medical Exercise Program available to personal trainers!


A Day in the Life of a Trainer in NYC

by Meaghan posted April 9, 2015

Tomorrow, we’ll graduate yet another class here at FPTI. And once again, it’s our biggest graduating Master Course class to date! We’ll be sending 23 extremely educated and skillful new trainers out into the working world to help us on our mission to elevate the personal training field. Many of them have landed jobs at Equinox, Crunch and even here at Focus Integrated Fitness, Inc. (shout out to Pete Keriopoulos!), and are already making us proud with their first real clients.

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Please Keep Kevin Ogar in Your Thoughts

by Meaghan posted January 14, 2014

As you may have heard, a man by the name of Kevin Ogar suffered a spinal cord injury doing a snatch at a recent CrossFit competition.

Reportedly, Ogar dropped the bar on his back, separated his T-11/T-12 vertebrae and is now paralyzed from the waist down. He will need at least one surgery and surely has a long rehab process ahead of  him, and the competitive CrossFit life he once knew is likely over.

Moreover, like many fitness professionals, Kevin is uninsured and is going to need a lot of help paying for his recovery. You can make donations to his cause HERE.

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R.I.P. Nelson Mandela

by Meaghan posted December 9, 2013

As we know, last week marked the end of life for one of the world’s greatest leaders and activists for peace: Nelson Mandela.


And I believe Mr. Mandela is resting in much the same way he lived his life: In peace. Because to quote the former South African President, “If I had my time over I would do the same again.”

Nelson Mandela died with no regrets. And at the end of the day, I think we all hope to meet our own deaths with this same sentiment. But for many, getting caught up in day-to-day nuances often leads to lost sight of such a lofty goal. Fortunately, men like Mandela serve as powerful reminders of the impact that just one person can have on the world.

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God Bless Boston

by Meaghan posted April 16, 2013

On behalf of FPTI and FocusNYC, just wanted to send thoughts and prayers up to all those affected by yesterday’s explosion at the Boston Marathon.


It’s a shame to see such a huge accomplishment soured by tragedy, and a joyous tradition for my home state now forever tainted.

After Hurricane Sandy forced the cancellation of the NYC Marathon this past fall, many fellow New Yorkers fled up north for yesterday’s race – so Manhattan is pretty devastated as well.

I am thankful that all of my family and friends in Massachusetts are safe, and my heart goes out to those who were not so lucky.

R.I.P. Mr. Weider

by Meaghan posted March 26, 2013

The fitness industry lost a legend over the weekend: Mr. Joseph Weider passed away at age 93.

Most of you who have been in gyms over the years probably recognize the name ‘Weider’ from some of the equipment:

 Many of you also know that Joe Weider founded several fitness magazines, including Muscle & Fitness, FlexMen’s Fitness and Shape. Having written for two of those four mags myself (and having worked as an editor for four others), Joe Weider’s name has been a pretty big one throughout my career.

Although Mr. Weider was also known for pushing pseudoscience and supplements… he also founded the International Federation of Body Builders (IFBB). Not too many people know this, but I actually used to be a judge for the sport (though for a different and natural organization). Needless to say, without Joe Weider, my career path would probably have been very different.

So thank you, Mr. Weider, for your contributions to fitness, and may you rest in peace.


Happy Birthday!

by Meaghan posted June 3, 2012

Today’s post is short and sweet. A tribute of sorts, really.

When you’re a trainer, your clients’ successes are also your own – and we could all probably do a better job of letting them know that.

To who is probably my only client actually reading this blog: Congrats on another year of hard work, goals accomplished and expectations exceeded. I’m very proud of all you’ve achieved and THANK YOU for always reminding me why I do what I do. Have a wonderful birthday and kick butt in your race!

MY DAD CAN BEAT UP YOUR DAD! The Story of a 70-year-old Smiling Iron Man

by admin posted June 16, 2011

With Father’s Day this Sunday, I wanted to re-run this inspirational post that Michael wrote about his father last year. Hope all you dads out there enjoy your day; and to everyone else: Don’t forget to call and thank your father for putting up with you!


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The Life and Lessons of Jack LaLanne

by Meaghan posted January 30, 2011

Last week, we mourned the loss of the Godfather of Fitness: Jack LaLanne. This week, let’s celebrate his life and the important lessons he left us.

We knew Jack as the guy who opened the first health club; the inventor of the jumping jack and cable pulley weight machines; the fitness nut who set world records like swimming the length of the San Francisco Golden Gate Bridge under water with 140 pounds of equipment and performing 1,033 push-ups in 23 minutes. Some may even remember The Jack LaLanne Show.

Jack was known for being ahead of his time: He prescribed weight training to women, athletes and everyone in between, and promoted the importance of proper nutrition long before doctors and the rest of the world caught on. He was right about diet, he was right about exercise; but he was wrong about one thing: Jack was famous for saying, “I can’t die, it would ruin my image.” We now know that couldn’t be farther from the truth.

Jumping Jack’s mission in life was simple: To help people help themselves. But his message extends far beyond the walls of the gym. He also used to say, “Anything in life is possible if you make it happen; anything in life is possible and you can make it happen.”

January is just about over – so let me ask you, How are you doing on those New Year’s Resolutions? What do you think Jack would say?

It’s about that time when we usually need some extra motivation. Who better to turn to than Jack LaLanne? Check out his video on self-improvement:

You heard him: This week’s going to be the greatest week you’ve ever had in your entire life, IF you do something about it.

So go do something about it!

Loss of a Legend: Jack LaLanne Dies at 96

by Meaghan posted January 24, 2011

This morning, fitness enthusiasts everywhere are mourning the loss of the guy who started it all: The legendary Jack LaLanne passed away yesterday at age 96.

The original “Jumping Jack” was a fitness fanatic right up to the end, and it was his life’s mission to make exercise accessible to everyone. He was one of the first to advocate weight training for athletes and females, and show the rest of the world how to exercise without a gym. And as a female, an athlete and someone who now works with many clients in-home, I can honestly say my life would be very, very different had it not been for Jack LaLanne.

Thank you for everything, Jack. May you rest in peace.