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Small Changes Lead to Big Results at Royal Oak's Retrofit Studio

By S. Mathur

A Retrofit membership begins with a personal consultation with Brad Goodstein, Owner/Trainer. Goodstein says that he discusses individual fitness and weight loss goals, and how to reach them. He tells them a few key things, he says: "First, I tell them, 'small realistic changes lead to big results.' I want to help people make changes that they can sustain for the rest of their life, not for the next two weeks. At Retrofit Studio, we want to set people up for success, not failure."

The advantages of starting small is that it becomes easier to make the changes part of your lifestyle, he adds: "Small changes are realistic and sustainable. Most people have an 'all or nothing' mentality, so they end up doing nothing. I tell people when they come in, 'you're not an all or nothing person anymore. In here, you're a 'little bit every week' person.'"

Small steps lead to success. For Goodstein, personally, that has meant being voted Trainer of the Year by Hour Detroit Magazine every year since 2012. At the studio, goals are defined in terms of providing affordable, friendly services to all. There are personal trainers as well as classes.

Both personal training and classes have their advantages, Goodstein explains: "Our personal training program allows us to provide clients with a fitness regime that suits their unique needs. Our trainers are invested in each individual's success and hold them accountable for achieving their goals. Our fitness classes are fun, motivating and designed to accommodate all fitness levels."

The Fit :: 20/20 classes last about 40-45 minutes and consist of 20 minutes of boxing or cardio/core and 20 minutes of circuit training. Each class is designed to be challenging, but can be modified as needed, with added breaks or alternate exercises.

Personal training matches members to trainers for style and personality. Personalized training programs take into account individual goals and fitness and comfort levels. They can include weight training, plyometrics, cardiovascular activity, kickboxing, circuit training, resistance training, and stretching.

The setting is clean, friendly, and non-intimidating, with a retro flair. Trainers are qualified and knowledgeable, and have followed diverse paths that bring them to the studio. Many are former athletes, but some have also come to fitness and a healthy lifestyle through having lived the opposite. They understand the challenges that people face, and also how much they are capable of achieving.

Goodstein believes that nutrition is an equally important part of a healthy lifestyle and shares recipes and healthy living tips with members. Members have varied reasons for joining the studio: weight loss, maintaining health during pregnancy, improving overall health and metabolism. The studio's high retention rates speak to their success in meeting their goals.

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