If you make your health a priority, you will find the time and energy.
“Nick’s balance has greatly improved, and as Stacy increases the weights, he has discovered strength again in his arms.”
After seeing the results in just the first four weeks of the program, I was motivated and ready to start my journey!
The coaches give me constructive criticism and push me to be my best!
The Leflar Family
“The biggest decision in joining Universal was the opportunities it had for my children. I have looked around, and no other gyms compare to Universal. My kids love the Kidz Klub with the three-tiered play area. With a large, fun space and attentive staff, it has been a great fit. I can focus on my health without feeling guilty about taking time away from my kids.
When I first joined the club I met several times with a Universal Fitness Coach who was excellent. She helped me through so much of my beginners’ jitters! She asked about my goals and took me out onto the floor to get me started on all of the equipment, which helped subside that overwhelming feeling. My coach also encouraged me to try Group Fitness classes for extra motivation and variety.
What started as a general fitness journey has changed into a specific goal. I’m planning to compete in a fitness competition in 2018. I have never felt so strong both physically and mentally. Lifting weights and regular exercise not only strengthens you from the outside, but it most definitely strengthens your mind as well.
Universal has also become a healthy outlet for the kids. Now they get very upset if I go to the gym without them! : ) They have taken swim lessons here, and my son has enjoyed the Taekwondo class, which is included in our membership! It gives us all an opportunity to be active together, and it allows me to instill the importance of an active healthy lifestyle at a young age.”
The Orama Family
The Funk Family
“We have a rhythm in the family that makes it all work. Routines work best for us, so we make special arrangements together so that we all have the chance to enjoy UAC. It keeps us all active. I love that our children are growing up knowing they need to keep their bodies healthy. Exercise at UAC is fun for them, and that is an invaluable lesson! Having a space where the boys can run, play, and be active with other kids is great for them.
“Also, Emily, one of the Massage Therapist in BLU Luxury Salon & Spa inside UAC is wonderful! I would highly recommend her!”
Lost 57 pounds and 54.5 inches through Weigh Way Less Program!
“I feel like a new woman mentally and physically! Before joining Universal, I was unmotivated, sluggish, physically struggling and just tired. Mentally I was stuck in a rut. I knew something had to change, and joining UAC forced me, in a sense, to do what I already knew I needed to do.
Learning How to Eat Smart
I heard about Universal’s Nutrition & Wellness Center when I became a member of the club, and I chose to enroll in the WEIGH WAY LESS program because I definitely needed to lose some pounds.
Getting help from the Nutrition & Wellness Center was the best decision I could’ve made for myself! After seeing the results in just the first four weeks of the program, I was motivated and ready to start my journey!
The WEIGH WAY LESS program is excellent, and the staff (including Cathy, Heather & Jenn) have been amazing in helping me to achieve my goals. What I like about the program is that it’s simple to follow, realistic in terms of teaching you how to eat long term, not just temporarily! The staff is very knowledgeable, supportive and encouraging. They are able to relate to you in your struggles, give you that push you need to get back or stay on track, and give you the tools you need to succeed!
I have surpassed my weight loss goals thanks to the Shape Up program at Universal! In Universal’s Nutrition & Wellness Center, there is no pressure from the staff; just encouragement. I needed to know there are others just like me, and I feel that here. The consultants are promoting a way of life, not a diet, and the program is realistic. After 75 years of life, I’ve learned how to read food labels. I’m replacing chips with veggies for snacks, and it’s satisfying. My cravings have stopped.
The nutrition consultants suggested that I change my exercise routine and add Thrive Functional Training sessions at UAC. I tried a free Thrive session and loved it. I signed up and now attend Thrive two times a week. Weigh Way Less and Thrive – the two together – have worked for me. I’m easily bored with exercise but not bored with Thrive. My trainer, Elisse, is awesome!
Lost over 45 pounds through UAC’s WEIGH WAY LESS program
“On my birthday I signed up for the program because I knew it was time to do something for my health. I had tried many quick weight loss schemes in the past, and then ALWAYS gained back the weight. I wanted a proven program that would finally work for me, even if it took time. I chose the WEIGH WAY LESS program because I wanted a balanced approach to healthy eating and weight loss.
The program is awesome! I cannot say enough positive things about the weight loss coaches. They hold me accountable and are so encouraging. WEIGH WAY LESS is truly a plan that you can envision yourself using for the long term. It’s all laid out for you, easy to follow, AND they meet with you and encourage you along the way! It is truly the best plan I’ve found!”
“I was diagnosed with Fibromyalgia after a fall down the stairs at home. Shortly after that I had a stroke. I had no drive or sense of future for myself, and all I could feel was sadness and pain. It took me 6 years to pull it together and venture out of the house alone. My husband and daughter encouraged me to join Universal, and I began taking SilverSneakers classes.
There were many options for me, but I had to take very slow. I was using a walker and could only stand for a few minutes at a time. At first I thought, ‘I can’t do this’ .. but as time moved on I put my thoughts and fears aside and surprised myself.
The Universal staff and class instructors helped me find my groove. I started with yoga in a chair, and the compassionate instructor Elise helped keep me safe while building balance and strength in my legs. I then ventured in to a circuit class using weights and bands. I became more balanced with each class. I never thought I would have the stamina to finish a full 45-minute workout. Now I am blessed to be in every SilverSneakers Yoga and Cardio class I can make, and my goal is to be able to take classes like BODCOMBAT, BODYFLOW and cycling!”
Nick L., written by his wife
“Just a quick note to say ‘Thank You’ for hiring Stacy Brown. She has been my husband’s personal trainer for a few months and what progress he has made! When I suggested that he go to UAC two days a week to work with a personal trainer, he had many hesitations. He had already experienced several months of varied therapists and doctors following a medical event in his life. But the second he met Stacy all of the hesitations disappeared. This is not just a job for her; she genuinely cares about his success, and it shows in her actions.
Nick’s balance has greatly improved, and as Stacy increases the weights, he has discovered strength again in his arms. After every session he is beaming while she tells me what new accomplishment he has mastered. He now looks forward to coming to the gym because he knows he’s going to see Stacy. I’m happy because I know he is safe and I can comfortably leave him and get a workout of my own! Stacy is a key ingredient to his recovery and I am most appreciative!” – Tricia L.
What made you interested in training in UAC’s Sports Performance Center?
I was interested in trying track events but I was too young to do track in school. My mom did some searching for track-related training and we found UAC’s Sports Performance Program. I wanted to try it out because it looked fun. Then when we met Coach Charley, he made me feel so welcome right away. From the very first time I did the athletic evaluation I was hooked.
What were your specific goals when starting the training program?
I was looking for something new after years of competitive gymnastics. I wanted to learn different running techniques and push how fast I could become.
How do you feel that the training has helped you improve your skills?
The coaches give me constructive criticism and push me to be my best. I’m also learning new weight lifting techniques and building more muscles.
What types of workouts does your trainer have you do to improve your athletic performance?
We do pull-ups, weight lifting, kettlebell and dumbbell exercises, and pushups to improve our strength. We also do sleds, 5-10-5 runs, 50-yard shuttles, and “suicide sprints” to work on running techniques. My favorites are the shuttles because they are most like a race, and I’m really competitive.
Anything else you would like to share about your experience?
I would recommend the Sports Performance Program to anyone who asks because not only do you improve your running speed and strength, but you get to meet new friends from different schools and awesome coaches who are really encouraging and supportive of your journey!
“About a year ago, Anisa was sidelined with a mystery back injury that had her in constant pain from November until about April. She endured back spasms, (which at times were daily), countless doctors appointments, multiple of rounds of physical therapy, and trips to DuPont and CHOP, with no understanding why this was happening to her.
Over the summer, we enrolled her in Universal’s Sports Performance program to rebuild the strength she had lost. But more importantly, we wanted her to be properly trained on how to exercise for sports so that never had to relive the pain from last year.
Thanks to the program, Anisa has experienced an improvement in speed, strength and agility to be able to play Lacrosse again.
As shared by Anisa…
“The injury took away all my strength. I first started going to Universal’s Sports Performance sessions after I received the ‘all is clear’ from my doctors. When I first started it was very hard since I hadn’t been able to do any physical activity for over 6 months.
My experience here has been amazing! I love my trainers because they have helped me so much. Because of them, I am so much stronger and faster now.
Thor is 13 years old and an 8th grader in the Lampeter Strasburg School District. He plays Lacrosse for IM3 and Hockey for Team Philadelphia.
“I used to be one of the slower players on my team but now I am one of the fastest thanks to the all the strength and speed training Universal’s Sports Performance program. You can tell the the trainers actually care about you and your sports. They help guide you throughout your career. My favorite workouts are the trap bar, deadlifts, hang-cleans, bench press, and talking with everyone after the workouts.
I feel proud about being recruited by a few prep schools, making Team Philadelphia, and winning many Lacrosse tournaments this summer with my team. I would definitely recommend Universal’s Sports Performance program to my friends because of the great atmosphere and the challenge of the workouts.
Plays soccer for the club team Pennsylvania Classics.“I have trained at multiple facilities with different trainers, and Universal’s Sports Performance program is the best training I have ever received.
The training has helped to improve my speed and strength on the soccer field. I have been more effective during games because now I’m able to hold off defenders and run by them at speed. The training has helped me improve my overall athleticism which helps to prepare me for the next level, and I can help my team more on the field.
I like how my UAC trainer, Charley, pushes our training group and how he has the ability to get the best out of me during every session. I also like how he’s a perfectionist on form to help prevent injuries.
I enjoy the intensity and the completeness of the program, as it is perfect for developing the strength needed in all body parts and the speed needed to go any direction.”
“My goal in enrolling in the Sports Performance Program at UAC was to strengthening my core and back muscles due to the injuries that occurred when skating. Plus, after checking out the training classes, I thought they looked fun.
Thanks to the program and the guidance of my UAC Sports Performance coach, Charley, I increased my strength and core as well as my vertical jump, which has helped me when working on my triple figure skating jumps.
During our training sessions, I enjoy doing exercises like hang cleans, trap bar deadlifts and SLDL’s (standing leg deadlifts). We also do “change of direction” and sprints. My favorite drills are pushups, working with MB and tennis ball sprints.
While correcting our form on exercises and working on things to improve our athletic skills, Charley makes coming to class fun and worthwhile, which I really like.
I would definitely recommend the UAC Sports Performance program to others because it’s a fun way to work on your overall athletic skills to help improve your sport.”
“If you make your health a priority, you will find the time and energy”
Why did you originally enroll in the Thrive Training Program at UAC?
When I initially toured the UAC upon joining the club, I was struck by the number of classes that were offered in a UAC membership and appreciated how my Member Services Representative, Greg, and my Fitness Coach, Dan, took me around to each area of the club to explain the different types of facilities and exercises.
Thrive stood out because of its trainer-driven and results-oriented approach to functional movement based on a foundation of safe and proven exercise routines. As someone with limited experience in fitness courses and personal training, (and being new to the Lancaster area) Thrive offered me a chance to connect with a professional trainer and build camaraderie with a small group of others during flexible, yet routinely-scheduled, sessions.
What obstacles had you been facing?
As someone who works in IT, I find myself struggling to overcome the sedentary nature of an office job mixed with the unhealthy aspects of business travel. I wanted to generally improve my overall health, boost self-esteem, and be happier with my body. After my first few workouts with my Thrive coach, Andrea, I quickly saw that I had much to gain from continuing with the program, such as building endurance, strength training, and setting & accomplishing goals for myself.
What types of exercises do you enjoy as part of this training program?
I like the different “zones” of every Thrive workout, starting with a Prime that allows our muscles to warm up and fully stretch to prevent injury… all the way through a Power, Strength and Burn zone that help improve movements and physical endurance in daily life. I also appreciate quarterly Fitness Assessments that evaluate our progress every three months.
What do you feel you have you accomplished overall?
For starters, I am happier. This alone makes Thrive worthwhile. In addition to feeling stronger and being able to exercise at a level that is both challenging and rewarding, it is hard to put a value on generally feeling better about yourself. Every time I visit Thrive, I am greeted by a coach that cares about my goals. And the group that exercises together, bonds together. I have made new friends and laughed far more than I ever expected. Physically, I have substantially increased the amount of weight I am able to lift. I also ran my first 5K in 15 years, and just the other day at work I overheard someone say, “yeah but I’m not fit like Will…” That literally blew my mind! I have never been “the fit guy” before!
What advice do you have for others who might feel intimidated to take that first step?
Just keep showing up! It’s easy after a long day to say, “I don’t want to go to the gym/I’m tired/another time” but if you make your health a priority, you will find the time and energy. I think that group sessions are key for building and achieving my goals, and I appreciate the flexibility with my busy work schedule. Moving to Lancaster recently was a big adjustment for me, and I can honestly say joining Thrive and sticking with it was one of the best decisions I’ve made in a long, long time.
“I had just lost 30 pounds for my 2 daughters’ weddings, and the weight was starting to come back on. I desperately wanted something to help me maintain everything I had achieved. I enrolled in an 8-Week ‘Shape Up’ program at UAC which added the WEIGH WAY LESS plan on to my THRIVE Training, giving me the perfect combination of accountability with food and exercise.
THRIVE has been challenging for me but doable. I had a gym phobia when I first started, so having someone tell me exactly what to do, how to do it, and push me a bit has been exactly what I needed.”
“When I first joined Universal, my goal was to lose weight and feel stronger. Trying a month of functional workouts led by a trainer in a small group really appealed to me.
The THRIVE training program has helped me feel stronger and kept me focused on my weight loss journey, so I decided to continue on with the training sessions. I have lost 40 pounds by combining this program with a focus on my daily eating habits.
THRIVE has an extremely welcoming team of trainers who go the extra mile to adjust workouts to your level. They continuously challenge you to improve, and I enjoy seeing progression in my workouts.
Five days a week, Daniel trains with his wife Tami in the BOXFIIT program at UAC (designed by George Foreman III). They also take classes such as BODYPUMP when they can fit it in their busy schedules.
When Daniel first joined the club, he weighed 172 pounds, and he has achieved his goal of reaching 160 pounds! Tami had a goal of building her upper body strength, and she says she has seen a significant improvement.
“Our stamina has skyrocketed since we have been attending workout programs at UAC. We feel we have become quicker, and our minds are sharper and more alert,” said Tami.
“I am so ecstatic about my weight loss and toning! I can see the transformation in my body ever since doing the UAC Boxing program. My husband noticed it with great compliments. A few days ago I weighed myself on the scale and I couldn’t believe what I saw! I went to each scale in the gym just to make sure it wasn’t broken! I’ve lost 10 pounds thanks to my UAC Boxing workouts. Thank you, Universal, for your great facility and wonderful staff. It makes me motivated to keep going and to meet my goals. I am 50 years old and I never thought I could get the look of my youth back! Thank you, thank you… I am so excited!”
Dakota & Dathan Nesbitt
As shared by their mother, Amanda Nesbitt…
“We originally signed Dathan up for swim lessons because we wanted him to respect the water. He had no fear and would jump right in without hesitation. He didn’t know how to swim yet, so it was unsafe. We felt much more comfortable after he started swimming lessons at Universal. We chose private lessons to best suit our family’s busy schedule and for the one-on-one attention.”
“Dakota was born with a condition called Spina Bifida. Although she is cognitively on the same level as her peers, her mobility is delayed. She is paralyzed in her feet and has reduced sensation throughout her legs. If she were in a group class she would require a bit more attention from the teachers just to keep up. Private lessons have helped her advance at her own speed while getting extra attention that she needs.”
Age 13, High Red Belt, 3rd Degree
“I started taking Martial Arts classes at UAC in September 2015 because I was interested in finding a new sport I could enjoy. I like the structured classes and the challenges in training as I move up in belt rank.
Master Oplinger really supported me when I went to the state TKD competition. Mr. Hilbert gives me a physical challenge on Monday nights. The teacher assistants Chris and Andrew always make sure my forms are exact.
Taekwondo teaches respect for all people, and I use that in my other sports. It has helped with my coordination and mental strength. I have confidence in approaching people too. I also have more stamina for sparring. My goal is to one day reach 3rd degree black belt!”
Age 10, High Red Belt, 2nd Degree
“I started taking Martial Arts classes at UAC two years ago. I watched my big brother in class and I wanted to try it out. It looked fun. I used to take my dolls and make them do Taekwondo while I watched my brother!
In class I like how Mr. Hilbert encourages us to do better. The teacher assistants Chris and Andrew help us with our forms, and Master Oplinger makes sure our skills are sharp.
Out in the ‘real world’ Taekwondo definitely helps me with coordination and to follow directions. I have severe dyslexia and it helps my brain to focus and remember. It helps me get stronger too. My future goal is to earn my black belt in the fall, and to go to ‘States’ in the Spring!”