Alisha Stewart, left, from front to back, Jerri Leigh Ciss, Gabe Haff, Larissa Konovaliv and Ronda Wagner workout at Right Track Nutrition in Amherst. (Lauren Hoffman — The Morning Journal)
For those looking for a new way to have fun with exercising, Right Track Nutrition in downtown Amherst says it has the answer.
Since 2018, staff members at Right Track Nutrition, 138 Park Ave., in the heart of the historic downtown, have dedicated themselves to bringing healthy living to the community.
Boasting a full line-up of healthy nutrition programs, including Herbalife, the nutrition and workout center has continued its mission, said owner Alisha Stewart.
“One of the bigger things that we do here is our exercise classes,” Stewart said.
Ranging from the beginner courses to high intensity workouts, Right Track Nutrition’s mission is to find fun and unusual ways to work out, she said.
One such class is the bounce course offered Wednesdays and Saturdays.
Walking into the studio at 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays, guests are greeted by a line of people on shock absorbent jump moon shoes.
Loud, energetic music fills the air.
“This is our high intensity, low impact workout,” said Jerri Leigh Ciss, trainer and class leader. “It is open to all sizes, shapes, ages; anyone can do it.”
The class serves as a model of the studio’s mission of inclusivity with women ranging in age from early 20s to their mid 40s working out alongside one another.
“We are here to build success stories,” Ciss said. “It’s not about intimidation but rather inclusion and success.
“Here, we are a family.”
The shoes worn during the workout help participants bouce higher, which adds to intensity without the added stress on the joints.
Similar to jumping on a trampoline, participants can move freely and gain momentum throughout the exercise.
“As someone who has bad everything, these boots are really good on your joints,” said Ronda Wagner, a class participant. “I am able to get a nice workout without the pain.”
Classes start at $15 per person and last about an hour.
The boots for the class are provided.
“This is really about everyone,” Ciss said. “Whether you are young or old, active or not, we are all in this together.”