the Fit Company Staff are left to
right front row Darrell Tisdale and
Phil Smith. Back row left to right
are Gary Engelson, Troy Wilkerson,
gym owner Roger Arrington, and Laurie
Green. Not pictured
are personal trainers Debbie Addison
and Omari Adderly.
The Fit Company in Norfolks
Chelsea District Offers Outstanding Staff With Colorful
Proprietor Known By Many As Chelsea Mayor
By Jack Armistead
Its extremely important
to work out and stay in the best shape possible
in an atmosphere that is beneficial.
The Fit Company in Norfolks Chelsea District,
across from West Ghent, definitely qualifies as
a beneficial atmosphere for your workout.
Thats because laughter is the best medicine.
Fit Company proprietor Roger Arrington is the laughter
master at the Fit Company.
Known to many as the Mayor of Chelsea,
Arrington has a keen sense of humor and the expertise
to keep you in the best shape possible.
He has praise for all of the businesses in Chelsea
that have developed in recent years. Chelsea businesses
have prospered and the owners have formed their
own Chelsea Business District with numerous
successful businesses. They all know Roger Arrington.
When told of Rogers statue plans, several
were available for comment.
John McCormick, owner of the popular Bakehouse,
had this comment:
Roger is a real man of the people. What people
we are not sure.
John Boggs, an owner of T-West Restaurant, also
Roger never ceases to amaze most of us in
Chelsea. He is out of this world!
And this from Sean Karn, co-owner of the famous
Otzi Tattoo Agency with his wife Athena:
His Statue is awfully impressive. I give him
100% approval for Mayor of Chelsea.
Porter Hardy, IV, President of the great Smartmouth
Brewing Co. added this:
Roger is a man of character, AND a character.
I am sure the statue will be a specimen and provide
a home for pigeons from miles around.
With world famous clients ranging from Olympic Multiple
Gold Medal winner LaShawn Merritt to dedicated senior
citizens, the Fit Company gym welcomes all.
The Fit Company is a real gym with a great
atmosphere for our clients to maintain fitness and
good health every day of the week, said Arrington.
Located at 615 Claremont Avenue, the gym is a fortress
that signifies strength and stamina. Its perfect
for all ages with a variety of state-of-the-art
equipment. Its an excellent facility for senior
citizens to go and maintain good health. Seniors
are given a plan so that they can successfully maintain
The Fit Companys roster of personal training
clients is about 150 with the majority being mothers
and grandmothers. The ladies definitely come first
at the Fit Company. The gym is family friendly with
a comfortable environment.
Senior citizens not only benefit the most
but they need to be fit the most, said Arrington.
Arrington has 34 years of experience in the fitness
business. He has American College of Sports Medicine
certification and 14 years as an aerobics instructor.
He was assistant head strength conditioning specialist
at Old Dominion University and spent three seasons
as a trainer with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He was
a track and field athlete in college. He has a Master
of Science Degree in Physical Education from ODU.
With some of the best certified personal trainers
in the area the Fit Company has become one of the
most popular gyms in Norfolk
Among the veteran trainers at the gym are Laurie
Green and her training partner Candace Nordin.
Laurie is a ACSM certified Health Fitness Instructor
with a Masters in Exercise Science and a B.S. in
Kinesiology from the College of William & Mary;
Candace Nordin has a degree in Exercise Physiology
from the University of West Florida and is also
a Exercise Physiologist at NASA; Debbie Addison,
who holds a Master of Science degree in Education
with an emphasis in Sports Medicine and 17 years
experience in Orthopedic rehab; Phil Smith, who
holds a B.S. in Kinesiology and specializes in Functional
Fitness, Health Wellness and Sports Performance
Management; and Gary Engelson, a NASM certified
trainer in strength and conditioning.
New to the staff this year are Darrell Tisdale who
has 27 years experience in Group Fitness and is
also an instructor in Yoga and Pilates, and Troy
Wilkerson a former Norfolk State University track
star who specializes in personal training and group
fitness. He has eight years of experience and is
AFAA certified. He is also a trainer at Norfolk
With all the holiday dinners and treats planned
during this joyous season, working out should be
a high priority for everyone. The new year will
also bring new beginnings and a great time to begin
a gym membership. Tis the season for everybody
to begin an exercise routine.
The Fit Company welcomes all.
Patrons range in age from 18 to 80s. Senior citizens
definitely benefit the most. The Centers for Disease
Control reports that seniors have more to gain than
younger people by becoming more active because they
are at higher risk for the health problems that
physical activity can prevent.
New clients are now being accepted. Now is the time
to call and join the Fit Company! Call (757) 679-8677
Tell them The Downtowner sent you. See you there!
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