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Gil Intengan lifts weights during a CrossFit exercise program at Your Body Works health and fitness center. The locally-owned gym has recently expanded to include the CrossFit program and a new room for exercise classes. (Brad Zweerink/Daily Republic)

Local Business

Locally owned fitness center expands

By From page B7 | January 27, 2013

FAIRFIELD — Gil Intengan and Ron Tolentino tried to catch their breath after going through a workout of box jumps, weight lifting, sprints and other exercises at Your Body Works.

“I’m a firefighter in San Francisco,” Intengan said. “Just the regular workout I used to do, it wasn’t enough.”

Tolentino also has reasons for wanting a demanding workout.

“I’m a former law enforcement officer at Travis Air Force Base,” Tolentino said. “I’m getting ready to join the police academy. I’m trying to get in better condition.”

Your Body Works is a locally owned health and fitness center that has seen a growth spurt. For one thing, it has become an affiliate for the CrossFit exercise program in which Intengan and Tolentino participate.

In addition, Your Body Works took its 3,500-square-foot operation and added another 5,000 square feet. It couldn’t get the additional space next to its 424 Executive Court location, so it chose a building across the parking lot, at 324 Campus Lane.

The economic doldrums and competition from such chains as In-Shape hasn’t discouraged owners Mark and Amy Fischer. They see a niche they can fill. Growth, but not too much growth, is their watchword.

“We stuck with our business model,” Mark Fischer said. “We don’t want to be a huge, massive gym. I know the names of everyone who walks in the door. We want to hold on to that.”

And, if a member stops showing up, the Fishers give them a call. It’s part of that personal touch.

“We like to call ourselves the ‘Cheers’ of gyms,” Mark Fischer said.

The new building provides room for exercise classes. On a recent morning, Bethany Cunningham led two women through a spin class on the exercise bike. Cunningham was barely breathing hard, while her red-faced pupils got a workout from pedaling at various speeds and levels of resistance.

It also provides space for the CrossFit sessions. CrossFit is a type of workout designed for general fitness, as opposed to a specialty. The CrossFit website says the program can be tailored to everyone from professional athletes to terrorist hunters to housewives to grandparents. Workouts employs equipment ranging from barbells to rings.

Amy Fischer’s son, Kris Smith, led the workout for Intengan and Tolentino – “constantly varied, high-intensity, functional movements,” is how he described it.

Others might go to Your Body Works to do workouts by themselves. Or they might want to train for a triathlon, getting advice from Amy Fischer, who recently completed an ironman competition with a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike ride and a 26-mile-plus marathon run.

Amy Fischer has been in the fitness business for 16 years. An initial inspiration was her goal to lose 75 pounds.

“It’s probably very cliché to say, but I was getting tired of being sick and tired,” she said.

Mark Fischer also has strong, personal feelings about fitness, given he got diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes 40 years ago.

“I’ve had to work out and eat relatively well my whole life to stay alive,” said Mark Fischer, who worked at Genentech prior to starting Your Body Works with Amy Fischer about four years ago.

Now the business is growing – but, by design, not too much.

Reach Barry Eberling at 427-6929, or [email protected] Follow him on Twitter at www.twitter.com/beberlingdr.

Barry Eberling

Barry Eberling

Barry Eberling has been a reporter with the Daily Republic since 1987. He covers Solano County government, transportation, growth and the environment. He received his bachelors of art degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara and his masters degree in journalism from the University of California, Berkeley.

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