By: Duane Blankenship | Category: Health & Fitness | Issue: January 2011
Duane with Steve at Fitness Together during his fitness assessment.
This story takes a different pathway from the norm. Rather than just interview Fitness Together Owasso co-owners Steve and Paula Dibbins, Value News editor Sheryl Sowell and I were invited to go through a full fitness assessment and training session with Steve and Paula, and do a written evaluation of the experience.
Upon arriving at Fitness Together, I was asked to fill out an information sheet which would let the Dibbins’ know more about me personally: basic health history information including current injuries, prior surgeries, medications, and most importantly, my goals and concerns with my health and fitness. This basic fitness assessment helps Steve and Paula assist clients in setting personal goals and tracking their progress. Once you’ve completed the assessment, you’ll receive a detailed printout of results including charts, graphs and suggestions to help you attain your goals. If you’re under 18 years of age, you’ll need the signature of a parent or guardian to participate.
Steve says clients come to Fitness Together with a wide range of objectives and goals – to lose weight, stop smoking, improve flexibility and overall fitness, increase muscle size and strength, for injury rehabilitation, or to receive sports specific training.
Steve and Paula are both certified personal trainers and health and nutrition educators. I was really impressed at their total knowledge of how the body works. The fitness assessment was confirmation that I could accomplish my goal of improving core fitness, enabling me to better perform my everyday activities through the functional training offered by Fitness Together. The Dibbins’ are genuinely knowledgeable and caring individuals. When you’re ready to stop talking about getting fit and commit to doing something about it, I hope you’ll set up an appointment to talk with Steve or Paula at Fitness Together in Owasso.
Blankenship graduated from the University of Oklahoma and has enjoyed a lifetime career in advertising. He started his own advertising business in 1993 and enjoys creating graphic art and writing. Hobbies include hunting, fishing and pencil drawings. Duane and his wife, Janice, have been married over 50 years and are active in their church and community. He has been a contributing writer for Value News/Values Magazine since 2005.