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Milton Hill Sport
& Spa Takes a
Holistic Approach

By Nate Leskovic
Times Staff
7/17/08

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“We have the most innovative exercise equipment in the market,” says Orozzo about his treadmills, ellipticals, hybrid bikes and other apparatus. Some of the equipment have LCD screens so members can watch TV and change to their channel of choice.
The renovation also included redoing the floor to a rubber substance that can be kept free of germs and odor.
“It’s not like a chain gym,” he says. “It’s a boutique.”
The gym offers chiropractic services, a tanning salon, therapeutic massage and a wide variety of classes like Pilates, yoga, step aerobics and spinning.
Orozzo has a master’s degree in exercise science and body movement, and all his trainers have degrees in exercise science or exercise physiology.
The gym also offers personal training and nutritional guidance.
Orozzo, originally from Spain, got his start in Milton working as a personal trainer for wealthy clients. He now lives in town with his partner and co-owner of the gym, Stephen Harlowe.
Personalized Fitness was where Orozzo brought his clients, and he says it was a “golden opportunity” when the space became available.
Orozzo says regular workouts
help reduce stress with the release of endorphins, which then help boost
the immune system. This is why
many health insurance companies will pay for a percentage of gym membership.
“People who are always complaining about lower back pain realize it went away,” Orozzo cites as an example of the overall benefits from training. “People who play sports realize that their game is better.” To see the effects, at least three workouts a week are needed, each 45 minutes to an hour long.
Orozzo says most gym members are between 30 and 55, 80 percent are residents, and it has an equal balance between men and women.
“We are a non-judgemental gym,” he says. “We welcome everyone, from the beginner to the athlete, from the young kid to the senior citizen.”
One example of the compassion Orozzo says Milton Hill Sport & Spa provides its members is daily attendance reviews. Those who haven’t worked out in a while are contacted by e-mail.
“It’s to let them know that we’re here for the right reasons, not just to take their money,” says Orozzo. “We’re doing a little part to make our world a better place.”

 

 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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