Sometimes it is hard to get into shape.
Facing perceived judgment from perfect bodies pressing heavy weights at public gyms, limited accountability in reaching goals, and competition for equipment are some of the reasons Tom Carey decided, he said, to open a private gym offering personal service.
“Some people need that extra motivation, other people might not want to work out in front of other people — people don’t want to feel like they are being stared at,” said Carey, owner of Tom’s Personal Training.
Carey says he has been interested in fitness for most of his life. A native of Oneonta, he began lifting weights at the Boys and Girls Club when he was a teenager.
“It was just the Boys Club then,” Carey said. “There were guys there that helped me — the older guys. They showed me how to lift and they got me into it. That is what made me want to help other people reach their fitness goals.”
Christine Goble has been working out at Tom’s for about three months. She has lost about 15 pounds, reducing fat, gaining muscle and feeling healthier, she said.
“I really just felt like I needed to lose weight,” Goble said Thursday night after her session. “I like coming here because it is private — and he is a great motivator.”
Goble said she has been an on-again, off-again member of gyms as she raised four children, but this time she decided she needed the private attention Tom’s Personal Training could offer her.
“It was a long winter, I guess, and I was not very active, but it seemed like I gained more weight than usual this winter,” Goble said.
Many people have come to Carey for many different reasons hoping to accomplish different goals.
“You get the people who come in and say they want to lose 50 pounds in three months and you just have to tell them they have to start with five pounds the first week and go from there,” Carey said.