By Kyle Siegel
“Fitness Never Sleeps” is the motto for the Body Shop, a new personal training and sports conditioning studio that opened this past August at 1313 W. 16th Street.
Owner and operator John Maupins has been involved in fitness for several years now and he feels that it is a good fit for himself.
“I’ve been involved in fitness for seven years. It was a really light start. Once I got into MMA, I started hitting it hard,” Maupins said.
Maupins was recently certified as a trainer by the American Fitness Professionals and Associates this past September.
“I’ve been doing personal training without my certification for five years. I felt the best thing for me to do was show my credentials,” Maupins explained.
Maupins was asked why he decided to open his own personal training studio.
“I got tired of people saying that they wanted to be fit, but didn’t like the gym atmosphere,” he said.
Maupins was asked what are some of the services that he offers at the Body Shop.
“I do weight loss, sports conditioning, run training and speed training. I just recently developed my own system. It is called Octane Fitness. It is a really intense, high paced, high endurance work out. It is five to six days a week,” Maupins explained.
Maupins was asked what the fee structure is for personal training and the Octane Fitness system.
“The personal training is per session. The Octane Fitness is a monthly payment, but you are never under contract. I pride myself on not having anybody under contracts. A lot of people don’t like the word contract,” Maupins said.
“The cost of the Octane Fitness system is $150 a month and that includes sessions five to six days a week. The Body Shop offers three sessions a day.
Maupins was asked how business has been so far.
“Great. It really is. October was a little slow as far as the initial sign ups, but with the fall sporting seasons being over with, it has helped out a lot,” he said.
Maupins currently has 18 clients total.
“Some are personal training and quite a few of them are for the Octane Fitness training,” Maupins said.
Training sessions at the Body Shop are usually set up by appointment. If anyone would like to talk to John about the Body Shop, or set up a session they may call 660-221-1410.
“I would like to thank the people that have helped me along the way. Jennifer Richardson is the main reason I am where I am today. She pushed me into being a trainer instead of just being a gym rat.
“I would like to thank a few people that helped me get the Body Shop open, my girlfriend Holly, Aubrey Appleman, Nicole Shy and Brien Sevier,” Maupins said.