For folks wishing to get serious about their fitness, there is hardly a better deal than working out under the informed and watchful eye of physician.
Dr. Alex Denes, MD, recently opened a new studio that offers exercise with an emphasis on good health and strength-building.
Q: Tell us a little about yourself and your background.
A: I am a physician who has had a lifelong love-affair with fitness. After attending group aerobics classes for decades, I became a certified instructor, and started teaching aerobics at various health clubs in Hemet about 10 years ago. I started with indoor cycling, (spin) and now have added Zumba, Zumba Gold, and Sculpt and Abs classes as well. I currently teach cycling and Zumba at LA Fitness and at Powerhouse Gym in San Jacinto, in addition to the classes at my own gym.
Q: What prompted you to delve into the realm of fitness?
A: I’ve always felt that the medical field, (and specifically, health insurance companies) have long ignored the long-term benefits of exercise and fitness. Medicare (and other insurers) would never pay for preventive health care, or even encourage a healthy lifestyle. This, by the way, has recently changed for the better. Preventing illness is always a much better option than treating it once it’s established. In my estimation, there is no better protection against disease and disability than fitness.
Q: What makes Dr. D. Fitness unique?
A: For one, physician supervision. I personally oversee and help develop each of the programs we offer. There is so much hype and gimmickry in the fitness industry, that it is easy for a person to become disoriented or disenchanted with a program; or worse, sustain an injury as a result. Also, we are a small gym offering only group classes and personal training. Our class size is limited to 15 participants, which allows us to provide individualized attention to our members, allowing them to proceed at their own pace and within their comfort level. This helps avoid injury and “burnout.” I teach many of the classes myself, and I have two highly-experienced and motivating instructors — Barbara Shippy and Barbara Calderon — who teach the rest.
Q: What kinds of classes are offered?
A: Zumba®, Zumba Gold ®, Yoga, Pilates, Women’s Boot Camp, Sculpt and Abs, and Senior (low-impact, low-intensity) programs. We are in the process of adding a Silver Sneakers® program, but that is not yet finalized. We are looking at adding step aerobics, belly dancing, line dancing, kick-boxing and cycling, based on member interest.
Q: What has been the response from customers so far?
A: Very encouraging. Of course, we’ve only been open a week and a half, but had a great turnout for our Open House two weeks ago. People like the fact that registration is free, and there are no monthly fees or dues. You only pay for classes you attend, and purchasing multi-use passes provides for significant discounts. Seniors receive a very favorable rate as well.
Dr. D Fitness is located at 1947 E Florida Ave., Hemet. To learn more, visit www.DrDFitness.com or call 951-652-1412.
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