New gym stressing mind, body balance opens

James Fenton
Lead trainer Terry Pearson, lifts free weights on Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015 at Fitness World in Farmington. cq

FARMINGTON — A new gym that emphasizes training the mind as well as the body has popped up amidst the largely undeveloped land dotted with sandstone hoodoos and bluffs along the eastern stretch of Piñon Hills Boulevard earlier this month.

Fitness World, Farmington's newest gym, offers its members discounts on monthly membership fees when they take on and achieve goals set by the gym's trainers.

Owner and trainer Dean Vaughn has been a personal trainer in the area for 18 years and said that the challenges are one way the gym stands out in the area.

"My motto as a trainer is to tell people, do what you're comfortable with," he said. "But the point is also to try new things, expand your routine."

Currently he leads a group weight-lifting class and hopes to add spin bikes to the gym in the next six months, he said.

Dean Vaughn, left, owner of Fitness World, spots Stephanie Lobato on Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015 at the gym in Farmington. cq

The open floor plan inside the 5,500-square-foot building includes the standard weights and cross-training work-out machines of many gyms with a windowed room for group classes like Zumba, yoga, tai chi and PiYo, also called Yogalates, which is a combination of Pilates and yoga.

Like PiYo, the gym equally promotes mind and body training, he said. Strength and fitness exercises such as weight lifting and Pilates are encouraged as much as mindfulness and relaxation. The relaxation part can be achieved practicing yoga or utilizing the gym's massage therapy service.

The gym space is for everyone, at any level, Vaughn said. Muscle-clad body builders, yogis, Zumba dancers and those simply wanting a massage or an hour on a spin bike are given equal space and trainer attention, he said.

And though the gym shares a parking lot with a recently opened Dickey's Barbecue Pit, Vaughn said he doesn't really notice since he only eats meals prepared at home. He encourages the gym's members to do the same.

On Thursday, personal trainer Terry Pearson was leading new member Jesse Randall through a heavy weight regimen to help Randall achieve his goal of increasing lean muscle mass, Pearson said.

Jesse Randall grabs free weights on Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015 at Fitness World in Farmington. cq

"He came in and told me he wanted to get his arms up to 21 inches," Pearson said as Randall took a break. "And we can get there. Lean muscle and mass, that's his goal."

Joan Symonds, a nurse at San Juan Regional Medical Center, joined because she said the gym feels welcoming and provides a comfortable space.

Symonds brought along her friend, Mary Anne Olszewski , a massage therapist, on Thursday. She signed up that morning at the gym's $35 monthly rate.

"I came when they were building it and I came when they were doing a training and they let me work out and I was very impressed," Symonds said. "It's a really comfortable space here."

Olszewski, who lives in Durango, Colo., but works in Farmington three days a week, agreed.

"I like the small atmosphere," she said. "I don't like big gyms or a lot of people around, all the grunting and that kind of stuff, and this feels different. It's refreshing."

James Fenton is the business editor of The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4621.

More Information

What: Fitness World 

Where: 3701 Messina Dr. in Farmington

Hours: 5 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday through Friday, 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday


More info: Call 505-436-2167 or search for Fitness World on Facebook