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Thursday, January 15, 2015

New fitness center opens in Annandale



Rachel Martin and Pablo Amaya with a giant tire used in a fitness bootcamp.

Rachel Martin and Pablo Amaya, the former trainers and bootcamp leaders at the now-closed Pro Maxx gym, have started their own personal fitness business in Annandale.

PR Performance Fitness, at 4208 Evergreen Lane, Suite 212, offers personalized exercise plans that meet clients’ needs, whether they are recovering from knee surgery, dealing with heart problems, want to build strength or lose weight, or have other fitness goals.

A bootcamp session has already started, and Rachel and Pablo plan to start classes soon in kickboxing, core conditioning, and yoga. Anyone interested in trying kickboxing is welcome to come to a free demo class tonight, Jan. 15, at 7 p.m.

Individual fitness training sessions are $60 an hour. Some people come to PR as often as four times a week; other come in just once to get a workout plan they can follow at a gym or at home.

PR fitness serves people of all ages, but the focus is on active older people, Pablo says. 

Annandale resident Dan McKinnon, who had worked with Pablo and Rachel at Pro Maxx Fitness, said he “worried about keeping my octogenarian body in shape” after that gym closed.

He now goes to PR Performance Fitness three times a week to work with a professional “to make the mind-body connection needed for good health.” He encourages anyone “who wants to discover the bodies of their youth and whose doctors are chiding them about the health risks as they age and their weight edges up” to drop in on what he calls “a clean and welcoming fitness boutique.”

Rachel, a former standout on the Mary Washington University basketball team, is a weightlifting competitor and has several personal training certifications. She is working on a certification to offer the Silver Sneakers exercise program for people 65 and older, which is covered by some health insurance companies.

Pablo played soccer on the national team of El Salvador and D.C. United. After a knee injury ended his soccer career, he switched to martial arts and became a personal trainer, working with professional athletes. He competed in the 100-meter sprint in the Pam American Games and is training to be a bodybuilder.

Their fitness strategy, RAP 5 (for Rachel and Pablo), has five components: balance and stability; functional mobility; core and coordination; cardiovascular and endurance; and compound movement.

“RAP 5 is based on what people need in their daily life,” Rachel says. For example, clients learn how to use all their muscles when doing simple movements, such as picking up a grocery bag or correctly recovering from a fall. The program uses a point system to help people keep track of their progress.

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