Women-only workout location grows
By Jessica Tuggle
VERO BEACH - Veros Beach's Longevity Lady Fitness and Spa is helping hundreds of women glisten their way to self-confidence and better health.
The fitness center, where no men are allowed, gives women the freedom to come to the gym and get fit without worrying if men are staring or comparing, said Allie Durling, marketing director.
At Longevity, the point is to empower women to love, appreciate and discover themselves, Ms. Durling said.
Cathy Callery, has been working out at Longevity for more than 15 years and the format and female-only status makes it very desirable.
"It's the only female-only gym in town and I've had other opportunities to go elsewhere and I'm still here. In the past five months I have noticed that it feels like the management is really working for the members," Ms. Callery said.
A new program at Longevity is the Love Appreciate Discover Yourself, or LADY, boot camp, a beginner-friendly program providing a group fitness workout for women, with an extra push, Ms. Durling said.
An outdoor fitness course and an indoor workout room modeled specifically for the program was unveiled last week. To encourage current and potential new members to check it out, Longevity is offering a walk-through to introduce people to the program, she said.
Another type of workout is TRX training, a group suspension training class.
Lisa C. Smith is the certified instructor for the program and she is ready to excite the community with this workout style.
Instead of using machines, the workout uses strong resistance cords. Adjusting the movement of the body changes the intensity of the workout.
"You use your body weight instead of weights. It transforms you completely. It focuses on core stabilizing. You really make your body the machine," she said.
Ms. Smith has been a trainer with various certifications and university training for the past 12 years.
"I like to help people, especially women, and give them confidence in fitness, in learning how to do movements for their self-esteem," Ms. Smith.
"Exercise helps you feel good about yourself," she said.
Dozens of classes and workout equipment, as well as a sauna, hot tub and a Wi-Fi café, round out the Longevity experience, Ms. Durling said.
The most popular class is definitely Zumba, and more classes are being added in November to accommodate the demand, she said.
Membership prices and packages vary. Corporate rates are also available.
Longevity hours are Monday through Thursday, 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday 5:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Saturday 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday noon to 4 p.m.
Child care is available for members on weekdays from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and again from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Child care is available on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Longevity Lady Fitness and Spa is located at 650 12th St., Vero Beach. For more information, call (772) 778-6800, or visit www.facebook.com/longevityspalady.