Local heads up 5K Initiative in Bristol


South Beach. Weight Watchers. No carbs. Fitness gyms.

You name it, Shelly Marshall has tried it, to no avail.

"Those just don't work for me," said the 38-year-old Bristol mom. "I'm going to eat out. I'm going to eat those things. Those diets were just unrealistic for me. The results were very short-term."

Like most Americans, Ms. Marshall found it hard to get motivated to get moving.

Then she found Danielle Rogers, owner of Fitness Fusion in Thames Landing.

"She's a great trainer and really encouraging," Ms. Marshall said. "She doesn't set you up for failure."

In March, Ms. Rogers opened Fitness Fusion, a fitness studio that offers pilates, yoga, cardio classes and TRX strength-training. This fall, Ms. Rogers will incorporate a ballet bar into her fitness regiment.

"I want to reach out to people who are intimidated by a traditional gym setting," said Ms. Rogers, highlighting her laid-back, low-key studio. "I want this to be a place of wellness, and not only a place to work out, but to de-stress."

Clients of Ms. Rogers are not tied into any contract and instead, pay per session.

The biggest draw to Fitness Fusion, Ms. Marshall said, was the educational aspect to Ms. Rogers' fitness approach.

"I thought I was going good with the protein bars, but she gives me the whole picture," she said. "They have a lot of sugar."

Along with her fitness studio, Ms. Rogers has begun a new effort to increase wellness and decrease obesity among Bristol residents - the 5 K Initiative. The obesity rate in Bristol of 27.5-percent, is higher than the state average, 25.6-percent, according to the Rhode Island Department of Health. Those with a body mass index of 30 or higher are considered obese.

The 5K Initiative runs every Tuesday and Thursday morning at 6:45 along the bike path. The running group is free and open to anyone of any running level.

"We utilize the Galloway method of training," said Ms. Rogers. Named after world-renowned marathoner Jeff Galloway, the program teaches a run-walk-run approach to training, which cuts down on injury.

"Even though Danielle could out run all of us, she keeps with us and counts down for us," said Ms. Marshall. "We never feel embarrassed."

Runners in the 5K initiative are training for the CVS Caremark Downtown Providence 5K on Sept. 22, and the Gloria Gemma 5K in October. However, runners do not have to commit to entering either race, or any 5K race, Ms. Rogers said.

"I want to encourage women to make time for themselves," she said. "If you can't make time for yourselves, then there's something wrong there."

For more information about Danielle Rogers and Fitness Fusion, call 401-603-6282.



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