Norwalk's Keith Peters takes a favorite excuse out of the equation for people who don't exercise. For those who say they can't find time to get to a gym, Peters will bring his fitness program to their home.
The 53-year-old Stamford native brings strong credentials with him. He was the director of Health and Wellness at the Norwalk YMCA and also works as a fitness trainer at the Wilton YMCA. He started his own company, Well Fit, last year to bring his fitness ideas to companies and residents throughout Fairfield County.
"I'm passionate about helping America,'' Peters said. "You look at the level of obesity in this country and it's at an all-time high. Out of that, you have all sorts of things that can come, such as diabetes, high blood pressure and heart attacks. If you do a little bit, you can help reduce the number of bad things that could happen."
What makes Peters unique is that he doesn't use expensive equipment that he has to lug around and set up in homes and offices. He uses some light equipment, small weights and a person's body weight to achieve his fitness goals. "There are a lot of ways to get cardio exercises going without a treadmill,'' Peters said. "I know a hundred different exercises."
Peters also incorporates ideas for nutrition and mental health into his routine. He has set up programs for a few Fairfield County businesses, and several individuals. He is looking to bring in more companies for his hour-long workouts. "It helps to have employees who exercise regularly,'' Peters said. "They're better workers and they have more energy and concentration at the office."
Peters trains mothers who don't want to take their children to clubs and individuals uncomfortable visiting gyms. "I just got done with a workout for a mom with three kids,'' Peters said. "We got the workout done and the kids still felt like their mom was there for them the whole time."
He'll even tailor his fitness programs to children. He taught programst to middle school students at the Carver Center in Norwalk to middle school students.
His passion for fitness started Stamford's Rippowam High School, where he ran track and cross country. He coached basketball in the Norwalk Junior Basketball Association for nearly 20 years, and works as a high school basketball referee. He's also worked in several business capacities.
"I've always been fit for myself,'' Peters said. "For me, it was easy. I started seeing it's not the same way for everyone. When I got into it, I saw that I enjoyed helping people get fit. That's what drives me today. My main emphasis is making the average person feel good about themselves."
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