Marketplace: After move from Atlanta, personal trainer starts over in Park City
‘We’re going to build on success and make sure you achieve it.’
May 18, 2017
Randy Haas had wanted to move to Park City since he first visited in 2002, but there was one thing holding him back: His thriving personal training business, Personally Fit, Inc., in Atlanta.
Eventually, though, the lure of Park City became too strong. He moved to town in November, and in between long days on the ski slopes, began taking on the challenge of rebuilding the company here. Already, he's discovered the majority of people who live in the area share his passion for physical fitness, which will make Park City an exciting place to operate, but a major change from Atlanta, where the majority of his clients were people over 40 who had limited time for exercise, he said.
"What I'm noticing right away about Park City is how many fit people there are here," he said. "You can tell people are here because they want the outdoor lifestyle, and when you want that, you're probably going to be in a little better shape than the average person."
In Atlanta, Haas worked with clients primarily in their offices, homes or hotels. He's replicating that model in Park City, and is also offering workouts at the Basin Recreation Fieldhouse and the PC MARC. He said that allows customers to tailor their exercise schedules to their busy lives.
But the schedule isn't the only thing that's customized. So are the workouts. Haas said his philosophy is to tailor workouts to each client, with the intent of meeting realistic goals. That allows people to go at their own pace and make improvements gradually, instead of all at once, which helps them establish fitness as a lifestyle they can continue for years.
"It's not cookie cutter, and I'm not the perfectionist trainer where you have to do absolutely everything perfect," he said. "I'm more of the realist like, 'You know what? Let's take two days a week and improve your eating habits and leave the other five days.' Then over a period of time, we'll go to three and four, but we keep it realistic because we're all human."
That means people who enjoy an occasional chocolate bar or glass of beer with dinner can still partake under Haas's guidance. More important than people making the pursuit of physical fitness dictate every decision they make is focusing on smaller things they can pair with physical activity to improve their lives. For the majority of Haas's clients, taking an all-or-nothing approach to health and fitness will lead to failure.
"Maybe, if they have a sandwich and a bag of chips for lunch five days a week, they cut it down to three days a week," he said. "Little things can make a difference and add to your quality of life.
Focusing on regular physical activity and making small lifestyle changes ultimately pays off in a big way, Haas said. Watching clients transform their bodies and achieve their health goals is a primary reason he's stayed in the fitness industry for more than three decades, including more than 20 as a personal trainer.
"It's that kind of success that just makes me feel fantastic and know I'm doing the right thing," he said. "I thrive off that. That's why, after 36 years, I'm still doing it and plan to be doing it longer."
In addition to personal training, Haas is also certified in golf fitness. While he can't help clients develop the perfect swing or improve their short game, he can help ensure they'll leave the course feeling good after 18 holes. He's hopeful that service will prove useful in Park City, with its country clubs and hefty population of golfers.
"It's getting the body ready because, for the average person, golf actually can be a very dangerous sport," he said. "They tend to have back injuries or elbow injuries because they haven't stressed enough flexibility and core work."
Regardless of what kind of fitness training people need, Haas is optimistic they will embrace his company the way people in Atlanta did. After desiring to live in Park City for so long, that is what would make him feel like a true Parkite.
"There's a lot of trust that's built with people," he said. "It's taking someone who doesn't quite know what to do and saying, 'Trust me, I can help you. We're going to build on success and make sure you achieve it.'"
Personally Fit, Inc.