By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: Health & Fitness | Issue: January 2013
Chad Gerstmeyer, owner of Optimal Fitness 24/7.
It’s another new year, and we all know what that means – it seems as though everyone we come across is resolving to lose weight and get fit. Chad Gerstmeyer, owner of Optimal Fitness 24/7, isn’t interested in New Year’s resolutions because unfortunately, they rarely last longer than a month or two. “At Optimal Fitness, we are all about making positive lifestyle choices to live better, longer and healthier for the rest of our lives. That doesn’t mean being a perfect eater and working out every single day; it’s about consistency – eating a clean meal plan the majority of the time and finding exercise you enjoy that you will do on a regular basis.”
In 2010, Chad made a huge career change. After 12 years in restaurant management, he opened Optimal Fitness with his wife, Tara. Chad and Tara have both had a lifelong enthusiasm for fitness. Chad was involved with bicycle racing and weight training, and Tara began gymnastics at the age of five and went on to perform at the Olympic level. She also spent seven years coaching gymnastics, ages five through college. Chad and Tara are thrilled to be living out their passion every day, helping improve the health and wellbeing of the Owasso community.
“We understand that things happen in life – work gets busy, the kids have activities going on, holidays, vacations – which make it impossible to be perfect with your fitness and eating habits,” says Chad. “Our goal is to educate people on making overall healthy lifestyle changes and focus on consistency. If you’re busy at work this week and can only get in one or two workouts, that’s okay; plan to exercise three or four days next week. If it’s your birthday and really want a piece of cake, don’t beat yourself up about it. What truly matters is living a balanced lifestyle – exercising consistently and maintaining clean, nutritional eating habits most of the time. We only have a short time on earth, and it’s so important to enjoy life and be healthy both physically and mentally.”
Optimal Fitness makes it easy to get a great workout any time that fits your schedule. The 9,000-square-foot facility is open 24/7, 365 days a year and has a 24-hour surveillance system. With 150 pieces of equipment including Precor cardio and Pioneer strength training machines, tanning, men’s and women’s locker rooms complete with showers and full-size saunas, and personal training available, Optimal Fitness is truly a healthy haven for guys and gals of all ages. They will soon be adding boot camp style fitness classes as well.
Personal training is an excellent way to learn how to get into great shape, or blast through a plateau and take your fitness to the next level. “It’s important to have a trainer that is certified, because you’re placing your wellbeing in their hands and risk injury if they don’t know what they’re doing. We have a wonderful group of personal trainers who are all certified and truly live the lifestyle they advocate,” says Chad.
Optimal Fitness also offers a full line of discount supplements. “Supplements are important because they help you achieve your goals quicker, whether it is losing weight or building muscle, and help you recover faster so you’re not as sore for long.”
If a healthy, balanced, fit life is what you want, visit Chad and Tara to see how Optimal Fitness can help you achieve your goals. Optimal Fitness 24/7 is conveniently located at 8243 N. Owasso Expy.
Sheryl Sowell was born and raised in Tulsa, OK. She graduated from Will Rogers High School and received her Bachelor of Arts in English from Northeastern State University in 2007. She has worked for Value News as editor, writer and advertising copywriter since 2008. She enjoys meeting and interviewing people for Value News articles, learning about their backgrounds, and helping to promote their businesses and local events. In her free time, she enjoys reading, trying new recipes and crafts from Pinterest, attending concerts and sporting events, and spending time with family and friends. Sheryl lives in Tulsa with her fiancé Paul, their daughter Scarlett, and their two dogs, Gunner and Boo.