When I first stepped into Fitness at Five in 2021, little did I know that it would become the catalyst for a transformative fitness journey. Led by the charismatic owner, Tony, and his dedicated staff, F@5 fostered an environment that went far beyond exercise - it forged a tight-knit community that became instrumental in shaping my passion for fitness. The staff's enthusiasm and dedication to their craft were contagious, inspiring me to push beyond my limits and discover my true potential.
The trainers and members took the time to understand my goals and provide any support I needed to achieve them. Their expertise, combined with the unwavering support of the tight-knit community, propelled me forward, helping me achieve my milestones inside and outside of the gym.
F@5 became my second family during my time in Athens and was a place I always felt empowered and embraced. It was within the walls of F@5 that my passion for fitness was nurtured, and where I discovered the strength within myself. F@5 and its incredible team transformed not just my physique, but also my mindset, instilling in me the belief that with determination and the support of others, I can become the man I want to be.
While working in Athens, I knew I wanted a gym close to my office so I could work out before heading in for the day. I also knew I was tired of commercial box gyms and wanted to find a gym community. I found just that and more at Fitness at Five.
From the minute you walk in the door you know something is different about this place - it's not just the quality equipment and cleanliness but also the energy of everyone in the space. Everyone is friendly and supportive, from average gym goers to personal training clients and trainers. More often than not, people encouraged me during my workouts or jumped in to rescue me when I failed an exercise.
Tony and his team are incredibly knowledgeable and supportive, whether you are a personal client or not (like me) they are always there to help and ensure you stay safe.
Fitness at Five truly is a gym family, from lifting to life events, I was encouraged every step of the way. As I was looking for jobs closer to home in Atlanta, I always said that the thing I would miss the most about Athens was my gym community, which still holds true.
If you are looking for a place to grow in your fitness journey, build a community and surround yourself with knowledgeable and supportive people, look no further than Fitness at Five.
After my last gym closed down around six months ago, I decided to check out Fitness@Five, located just a short walk from my home. I had heard good things about the gym from some local folks, so I headed over to see for myself. I was immediately impressed with the friendly, neighborhood feel, the cleanliness, and the quality of the equipment. Most impressive was, and continues to be, the coaches and members, all of whom immediately knew me by name and called out a greeting every time I checked in.
From day one, I asked Tony Gasparro to work with me as a coach, and we quickly became a great team. Tony seems to know exactly what I need every time I come in, and he does an excellent job of varying my workouts. We have become good friends - a couple of ex-NYC buddies - but he is also no-nonsense, making sure I push myself every day.
The proof is in the results: as I write this, I am about to turn 71, a chronic leukemia survivor, and I am still able to bike 600 miles each month, with little or no pain. (And when I overdo it, Tony makes sure I hear about that, too). Last year, I dealt with low back issues and Achilles pain; this year, I'm rolling free and easy.
In the picture below, taken a couple of months ago, I had just won my age group in a 65-mile ride. The support and positive vibes I get from Fitness@Five, Tony, and all my new friends have a lot to do with my success. Onward, no looking back!
I was very unhealthy and unhappy weighing over 300lbs, but with the help of Fitness@Five, my life has totally changed; I'm now down to 208lbs and feeling great physically and mentally; so thank you Tony, Ms. Gisela and the whole staff because you really made a difference in an old man's life!!!!!
Retirement gave me more time to spend on two of my passions, running and gardening. I started working with running coach Al Jeffers and my race times and endurance improved. He said strength training would be helpful, and recommended Fitness @ Five as being safe and clean so I joined. After working on my own for a while I felt like I had plateaued so I started working with trainer Sarah Godwin about 6 months ago, and my running times improved even more. I am now beating my times from 9 years ago. Sarah uses a combination of weights and exercises to work all muscle groups, and she keeps an eye on my form. I have not "bulked up" at all, but I have toned up and my clothes fit better. An added bonus is that it has really helped my functional fitness - I feel better, I sleep better, and I can garden all day! Fitness @ Five is safe and clean with plenty of weights, machines and room for mat work. The staff is always friendly and helpful, and the members are a good mix of all ages and fitness interests. It is a great place to work out!
I regret to inform you that I am canceling my gym membership as I have moved out of the Athens area and the location is no longer convenient for me. Before I go, I wanted to share that Fitness at Five is one of the best gyms that I've been a part of. The friendly atmosphere was a breath of fresh air, the gym was always neatly kept, the level of cleanliness was unmatched, and the exceptional customer service was an added bonus! Thank you for providing an enjoyable place to work out and for being so welcoming to new members. I wish your gym the best and will be sure to stop in for a work out when I'm in the area.
Thank you again,
I spent most of my life overweight, showing little concern for regular diet and exercise. I was a member of Fitness @ Five for several months before finally making the decision to go “all in” for weight loss and a healthier lifestyle. In January of 2015, I began a 12-Week Transformation Challenge.. The convenience and overall awesome environment of Fitness @ Five made it easy for me to make the necessary commitment to drastic lifestyle change. At the end of my 12-week challenge, I was down 54 pounds and feeling better than ever. I am happy to say that the journey doesn’t stop here. I’ve seen some awesome results that I couldn’t have imagined seeing before. Now I’m looking forward to making new fitness goals for myself and know that the owners and training staff of Fitness @ Five are behind me all the way!
I went from 345 to 235 while enrolled at Fitness @ Five. I gained 70 lbs in 6 months during a bad time of life. I walked into Fitness @ Five and was down 70 lbs in 2 months. After that, I continued to lose fat and build muscle. I went from a size 44 waist down to a 34. A XXL tee to a L. I went from sparse acting work to being back in demand. I'm still getting leaner. I'm not sure exactly how much bodyfat I lost. It has to be over 110 lbs because I've regained so much muscle.
Eight years ago, I weighed 210 lbs.
I was 52 years old and standing on my scale at home when I saw that number. How did I gain so much weight? Getting into shape was for me at that moment would entail a massive life overhaul. I let this go too far.
Can I do this? Maybe? But how?
I had reached a point where I knew, I really knew, that if I did not make a change at that very moment, I would one day weigh 300 lbs. I had always been an active person but for some reason putting family and job in front of me just started to show up on the scale because I would always find a reason not to exercise and a reason to continue eating out of control. Eating became my comfort to the old woe is me my clothes don’t fit.
Stepping off the scale that early morning I had to ask myself, “How did I get here?” At first, my mind went to the obvious- the food. The German chocolate, the taco chips, the margaritas, oh and let’s not forget the pizza. My parents and my sister weren’t huge people and at one time neither was I. I played this game you know like the game “Clue” where Mrs. Peacock with the wrench in the kitchen. “Somebody implanted an extra 60 lbs. under my skin and no one is leaving the room until I find out who it is!”
I knew the truth! I didn’t become obese because I loved food or because my family was big. I ate for comfort. I allowed food to comfort me in any situation good or bad. If and when I did try to lose weight I would reward myself with all my favorite foods only to regain the weight I had lost and then some. It was a vicious cycle so I decided to give up and live to eat. I really wanted to change but could never just stick with any and every diet fad that came my way until one day when I bent over to tie my shoes I couldn’t breathe because my huge belly got in the way. Running up the stairs to check my weight took all the energy I could muster and once I reached the top of the stairs clearly out of breath I stood on the scales. I can’t live this way anymore. I was tired of hiding the weight gain by purchasing larger clothes. After scheduling an appointment with my GP I learned I had high blood pressure, my cholesterol was high and I already knew my weight was off the charts.
I told myself, keep this up and your life won’t last long. Determined not to take any medication for the HBP and high cholesterol I decided to take over my life and do something about being overweight.
Once again, HOW? My desire to change brought me to a personal trainer, Ben Fitzpatrick. His enthusiasm towards healthy eating and exercise had me so excited I couldn’t wait to get started. Ben recommended two days a week of weight training with him but I wanted three. I thought if two was good three would be better. Cardio on the days I wasn’t meeting a trainer, sure, how long, I can do this.
It was a two year journey of completely revamping how I looked at food and exercise. I realized food was not for comfort but for survival. I had to exercise to help burn calories and fat for weight loss, but it was most important to continually eat. A furnace needs fuel to heat a house and the human body needs energy to move. It became a balancing act but I eventually arrived at my goal weight. I liked my results but most of all I felt so much better. Blood pressure and cholesterol back to a normal range. My clothes were fitting again plus I had so much more energy.
Since I have reached my goal weight I have participated in dozens of 5k’s, four half-marathons, a marathon, six sprint triathlons and for my 60th birthday I treated myself to an Ironman 70.3.