What is a Fitness Professional’s Role in Dealing with Emotional Problems?

For anyone working in a gym setting, encountering a member or client who started an exercise program to help them deal with some sort of depression, or anxiety, is something that happens almost on a daily basis. This person has either heard from someone or read online about the mood altering effects exercise can have on an individual. Sometimes these individuals will openly share their personal stories with their trainer, and explain that exercise is acting as medicine to combat their mental issues.

Sometimes an individual is exercising simply to help improve their health, but has started to experience a reduction in their anxiety, depression, or even anger levels. So they continue to visit the gym.

For a fitness professional, this is not the time to offer advice, this is a time to listen, a time to learn. The advice and guidance comes much later on.

Oftentimes when a client approaches us and begins to talk about the difficulties they are experiencing, our natural instincts are to share our own experiences and offer any advice we can. This is due to our job requiring us to be constantly informed, constantly offering solutions, and constantly being engaged in conversation with someone. This can lead us to alienate or even push the person away, and come off as a “know it all,” or even worse, as dismissive. Someone going through any form of mental issues might not need that at the moment. This is our moment to be a listener and sympathize with their situation.

Similar to our position in terms of pain, we do not diagnose, we do not treat. We work around the pain, and we offer modifications to exercises that cause pain. In terms of mental health, a fitness professional should not be diagnosing, or offer solutions to their issues. We should listen, and be someone they look forward to seeing at the gym.

 

 

 

Daniel Bonilla, Clinical Integration Director, SBH Healthplex Fitness Center


Healthplex Associates (HPA) consults with hospitals, health systems, foundations, and universities across the United States to create and manage clinically integrated fitness facilities. Healthplex Associates has developed unique programs to ensure the smooth transition from the clinical setting to the wellness center for people who need long term lifestyle management support for optimal health. HPA has achieved national leadership through innovation and our dedication to patients and clients.

Our combined staff has now served over 400 clients ranging from large hospitals to smaller, community based rural hospitals.  We work exclusively with organizations ranging from healthcare systems, universities and foundations who are committed to a vision of improving the health and wellness of the community in which they serve.

Healthplex Associates has developed a unique, hands-on style to assisting and advising clients with an approach that stresses partnerships. We provide an array of services in the Medical Wellness Industry.  These services include feasibility studies, audits of existing medical fitness centers and management. Fundamentally, we believe that true community health must include fitness/wellness services and because of our deep healthcare background (all of our principals have health care management or clinical backgrounds), our Healthplex team fully understands the client’s mission and the complexity of today’s healthcare environment.

The management team of Healthplex Associates is made up of some of the nation’s most experienced experts in the field of medically based fitness. Few management firms can boast of the experience in health care, clinical services, and operations of medically based fitness centers that HPA possesses.

 

Health and Fitness Podcast

Albert Jovel and Daniel Bonilla from the SBH Healthplex Fitness Center are featured on the SBH Bronx Health Talk Podcast.  Listen, as they discuss strategies to get back into the gym. Listen to Podcast Here

 


Healthplex Associates (HPA) consults with hospitals, health systems, foundations, and universities across the United States to create and manage clinically integrated fitness facilities. Healthplex Associates has developed unique programs to ensure the smooth transition from the clinical setting to the wellness center for people who need long term lifestyle management support for optimal health. HPA has achieved national leadership through innovation and our dedication to patients and clients.  

Our combined staff has now served over 400 clients ranging from large hospitals to smaller, community based rural hospitals.  We work exclusively with organizations ranging from healthcare systems, universities and foundations who are committed to a vision of improving the health and wellness of the community in which they serve.   

Healthplex Associates has developed a unique, hands-on style to assisting and advising clients with an approach that stresses partnerships. We provide an array of services in the Medical Wellness Industry.  These services include feasibility studies, audits of existing medical fitness centers and management. Fundamentally, we believe that true community health must include fitness/wellness services and because of our deep healthcare background (all of our principals have health care management or clinical backgrounds), our Healthplex team fully understands the client’s mission and the complexity of today’s healthcare environment. 

The management team of Healthplex Associates is made up of some of the nation’s most experienced experts in the field of medically based fitness. Few management firms can boast of the experience in health care, clinical services, and operations of medically based fitness centers that HPA possesses.  

  

 

View Our Latest Webinar

View our latest webinar recording “Compassion Fatigue in Todays Medical Fitness Center”. Renee’ Clark-McDonald and Ryan Barr discuss how medical fitness centers can be proactive in preventing Compassion Fatigue. To view our latest webinar “Compassion Fatigue in Todays Medical Fitness Center” click here: Webinar Recording

 


Healthplex Associates (HPA) consults with hospitals, health systems, foundations, and universities across the United States to create and manage clinically integrated fitness facilities. Healthplex Associates has developed unique programs to ensure the smooth transition from the clinical setting to the wellness center for people who need long term lifestyle management support for optimal health. HPA has achieved national leadership through innovation and our dedication to patients and clients.  

Our combined staff has now served over 400 clients ranging from large hospitals to smaller, community based rural hospitals.  We work exclusively with organizations ranging from healthcare systems, universities and foundations who are committed to a vision of improving the health and wellness of the community in which they serve.   

Healthplex Associates has developed a unique, hands-on style to assisting and advising clients with an approach that stresses partnerships. We provide an array of services in the Medical Wellness Industry.  These services include feasibility studies, audits of existing medical fitness centers and management. Fundamentally, we believe that true community health must include fitness/wellness services and because of our deep healthcare background (all of our principals have health care management or clinical backgrounds), our Healthplex team fully understands the client’s mission and the complexity of today’s healthcare environment. 

The management team of Healthplex Associates is made up of some of the nation’s most experienced experts in the field of medically based fitness. Few management firms can boast of the experience in health care, clinical services, and operations of medically based fitness centers that HPA possesses.  

  

 

Member Spotlight

Healthplex’s Wellness Center of URMC member of the month, Logan Tyler, shares his testimony.  Logan has been able to keep his fatty liver condition in check and reduce his weight since joining the Wellness Center.  Logan now has all the support and resources he needs to continue his wellness journey.  Thank you, Logan, for sharing your inspiring testimony.

 

I became a member of the Wellness Center when it first opened in 2006.  I was in middle school at the time and came with my grandmother when she worked out.  My favorite part of the center during this time was the pool.  I was on the swim team and having a pool that I could practice daily was a great asset.  I continued coming to the center until I went off to college in 2013.  I am now back in Thomaston and have rejoined the Wellness Center because it has all the support and resources, I need to continue my journey of wellness through their training programs.  I have utilized personal training with Jessica Ozley, ACE CPT and through training with Jessica, I have kept my fatty liver condition in check and have been able to reduce my weight through use of their state-of-the-art workout and exercise equipment. In addition, the pool too is still a big draw for me.  Also, the staff throughout the facility are super friendly and helpful. I now have all the support and resources I need to continue my journey of wellness.  I am so grateful to be developing my strength and skills for living a health, active lifestyle at a facility close to home!

 

 

 

 


Healthplex Associates (HPA) consults with hospitals, health systems, foundations, and universities across the United States to create and manage clinically integrated fitness facilities. Healthplex Associates has developed unique programs to ensure the smooth transition from the clinical setting to the wellness center for people who need long term lifestyle management support for optimal health. HPA has achieved national leadership through innovation and our dedication to patients and clients.  

Our combined staff has now served over 400 clients ranging from large hospitals to smaller, community based rural hospitals.  We work exclusively with organizations ranging from healthcare systems, universities and foundations who are committed to a vision of improving the health and wellness of the community in which they serve.   

Healthplex Associates has developed a unique, hands-on style to assisting and advising clients with an approach that stresses partnerships. We provide an array of services in the Medical Wellness Industry.  These services include feasibility studies, audits of existing medical fitness centers and management. Fundamentally, we believe that true community health must include fitness/wellness services and because of our deep healthcare background (all of our principals have health care management or clinical backgrounds), our Healthplex team fully understands the client’s mission and the complexity of today’s healthcare environment. 

The management team of Healthplex Associates is made up of some of the nation’s most experienced experts in the field of medically based fitness. Few management firms can boast of the experience in health care, clinical services, and operations of medically based fitness centers that HPA possesses.  

  

 

Why Should You Get into the Business of Health and Wellness?

Healthplex Associates is hosting a free webinar, Wednesday January 19th at 12:00 P.M EST to discuss “Why you Should Get into the Business of Health and Wellness”.  Lynn Robbins and Don Doyle have over 20 years of experience in the health and wellness industry. Join the discussion on how medical fitness can have an enormous impact on your business. Register Here

The science of Public Health has always been a concern for hospitals, although it has had varying degrees of importance to our health care system over the last 100 years. If Covid has had any lasting impacts on the system, it is certainly that we cannot simply focus on inpatient care to achieve our aims. Keeping people well, however, has long been an elusive task.

In a recently released report, Feeling Good: The future of the $1.5 Trillion Wellness Market, issued by McKinsey & Company shared the results of a major survey conducted by the firm that health care providers need to take note of:

“Our latest research shows that consumers care deeply about wellness—and that their interest is growing. In a survey of roughly 7,500 consumers in six countries, 79 percent of the respondents said they believe that wellness is important, and 42 percent consider it a top priority. In fact, consumers in every market we researched reported a substantial increase in the prioritization of wellness2 over the past two to three years.”

The report was able to identify six major areas that consumers were interested in:

· Better Health

· Better Fitness

· Better Nutrition

· Better Appearance

· Better Sleep

· Better Mindfulness

 

For any health system that had been successfully engaged in a wellness center prior to the pandemic, these are all areas that were (or should have been) ones that they were offering leading services to their community. Despite that, with public health concerns limiting our ability to engage in congregate activities, fitness centers, like restaurants and other social gathering places have taken a major financial hit since early 2020. While remote services, fitness trackers and virtual visits can offer some people a path to achieving wellness, realistically we have found that this is a minority and like the McKinsey study, we see wellness levels slipping. People are social by nature and the support of a qualified trainer and/or the companionship of their friends in a fitness center will typically lead to greater adherence to lifestyle changes.

Therein lies the dilemma; if we know we need to promote and offer wellness to our communities, but the current climate makes it difficult or impossible to operate successfully, why should you start think about starting a new wellness center? The answer is one that every industry must, at some point in its evolution, find for the future. Just as the railroad industry limped along a failed path as it saw itself as providing only train service until they redefined themselves as an integrated transportation system, health care must take the broader view.

This pandemic will end. Maybe it will be a year, maybe two, but it must. There may be a new reality that accompanies that end with more constant vigilance and vaccinations, but some new normal will be there. Building a wellness product line, a new center would require a year, two years or even three if a system were to start now. Opening tomorrow may not be a good option but starting now is the only option. Those who wait for things to ‘calm down’ to start will be years behind the curve and may find themselves merely running trains.

By: Lynn Robbins and Don Doyle

 

 

 

 

 


Healthplex Associates (HPA) consults with hospitals, health systems, foundations, and universities across the United States to create and manage clinically integrated fitness facilities. Healthplex Associates has developed unique programs to ensure the smooth transition from the clinical setting to the wellness center for people who need long term lifestyle management support for optimal health. HPA has achieved national leadership through innovation and our dedication to patients and clients.  

Our combined staff has now served over 400 clients ranging from large hospitals to smaller, community based rural hospitals.  We work exclusively with organizations ranging from healthcare systems, universities and foundations who are committed to a vision of improving the health and wellness of the community in which they serve.   

Healthplex Associates has developed a unique, hands-on style to assisting and advising clients with an approach that stresses partnerships. We provide an array of services in the Medical Wellness Industry.  These services include feasibility studies, audits of existing medical fitness centers and management. Fundamentally, we believe that true community health must include fitness/wellness services and because of our deep healthcare background (all of our principals have health care management or clinical backgrounds), our Healthplex team fully understands the client’s mission and the complexity of today’s healthcare environment. 

The management team of Healthplex Associates is made up of some of the nation’s most experienced experts in the field of medically based fitness. Few management firms can boast of the experience in health care, clinical services, and operations of medically based fitness centers that HPA possesses.  

  

 

Member Spotlight

Meet Charlie Sawyers! Charlie is a member at Healthplex’s MRMC Wellness Center in Bay City Texas. Charlie’s favorite part about the Wellness Center is the staff and being able to be with others who care about their health. A wellness center can be an important source of social support and fitness for members.

 

 


Healthplex Associates (HPA) consults with hospitals, health systems, foundations, and universities across the United States to create and manage clinically integrated fitness facilities. Healthplex Associates has developed unique programs to ensure the smooth transition from the clinical setting to the wellness center for people who need long term lifestyle management support for optimal health. HPA has achieved national leadership through innovation and our dedication to patients and clients.  

Our combined staff has now served over 400 clients ranging from large hospitals to smaller, community based rural hospitals.  We work exclusively with organizations ranging from healthcare systems, universities and foundations who are committed to a vision of improving the health and wellness of the community in which they serve.   

Healthplex Associates has developed a unique, hands-on style to assisting and advising clients with an approach that stresses partnerships. We provide an array of services in the Medical Wellness Industry.  These services include feasibility studies, audits of existing medical fitness centers and management. Fundamentally, we believe that true community health must include fitness/wellness services and because of our deep healthcare background (all of our principals have health care management or clinical backgrounds), our Healthplex team fully understands the client’s mission and the complexity of today’s healthcare environment. 

The management team of Healthplex Associates is made up of some of the nation’s most experienced experts in the field of medically based fitness. Few management firms can boast of the experience in health care, clinical services, and operations of medically based fitness centers that HPA possesses.  

  

 

Member Testimony

Healthplex’s Wellness Center of URMC is an important component of healthcare in Thomaston, GA.  View Lucinda’s testimony to see how the medical fitness center has made a tremendous impact on Lucinda’s health and wellness.

 


Healthplex Associates (HPA) consults with hospitals, health systems, foundations, and universities across the United States to create and manage clinically integrated fitness facilities. Healthplex Associates has developed unique programs to ensure the smooth transition from the clinical setting to the wellness center for people who need long term lifestyle management support for optimal health. HPA has achieved national leadership through innovation and our dedication to patients and clients.  

Our combined staff has now served over 400 clients ranging from large hospitals to smaller, community based rural hospitals.  We work exclusively with organizations ranging from healthcare systems, universities and foundations who are committed to a vision of improving the health and wellness of the community in which they serve.   

Healthplex Associates has developed a unique, hands-on style to assisting and advising clients with an approach that stresses partnerships. We provide an array of services in the Medical Wellness Industry.  These services include feasibility studies, audits of existing medical fitness centers and management. Fundamentally, we believe that true community health must include fitness/wellness services and because of our deep healthcare background (all of our principals have health care management or clinical backgrounds), our Healthplex team fully understands the client’s mission and the complexity of today’s healthcare environment. 

The management team of Healthplex Associates is made up of some of the nation’s most experienced experts in the field of medically based fitness. Few management firms can boast of the experience in health care, clinical services, and operations of medically based fitness centers that HPA possesses.  

  

 

The Impact of a Medical Fitness Facility

The findings of a recent study in The American Journal of Preventive Medicine provides evidence linking attendance at medical fitness centers with a lower incidence of mortality and hospitalization. It is powerful to see the impact that medical fitness is having on our community health. With over 25 years in the medical fitness industry, Healthplex Associates takes pride in improving the wellness in our communities.  Read more to learn about the key takeaways from the study linking attendance at medical fitness centers with a lower mortality rate:

 

Read More Here 

 


Healthplex Associates (HPA) consults with hospitals, health systems, foundations, and universities across the United States to create and manage clinically integrated fitness facilities. Healthplex Associates has developed unique programs to ensure the smooth transition from the clinical setting to the wellness center for people who need long term lifestyle management support for optimal health. HPA has achieved national leadership through innovation and our dedication to patients and clients.  

Our combined staff has now served over 400 clients ranging from large hospitals to smaller, community based rural hospitals.  We work exclusively with organizations ranging from healthcare systems, universities and foundations who are committed to a vision of improving the health and wellness of the community in which they serve.   

Healthplex Associates has developed a unique, hands-on style to assisting and advising clients with an approach that stresses partnerships. We provide an array of services in the Medical Wellness Industry.  These services include feasibility studies, audits of existing medical fitness centers and management. Fundamentally, we believe that true community health must include fitness/wellness services and because of our deep healthcare background (all of our principals have health care management or clinical backgrounds), our Healthplex team fully understands the client’s mission and the complexity of today’s healthcare environment. 

The management team of Healthplex Associates is made up of some of the nation’s most experienced experts in the field of medically based fitness. Few management firms can boast of the experience in health care, clinical services, and operations of medically based fitness centers that HPA possesses.  

  

 

Personal Trainer Spotlight

Kristy is a trainer at Healthplex’s Center for Fitness and Health. Listen to her story of how she became a trainer and how she helps change lives everyday.
Watch Kristy’s Testimony Here:

Healthplex Associates (HPA) consults with hospitals, health systems, foundations, and universities across the United States to create and manage clinically integrated fitness facilities. Healthplex Associates has developed unique programs to ensure the smooth transition from the clinical setting to the wellness center for people who need long term lifestyle management support for optimal health. HPA has achieved national leadership through innovation and our dedication to patients and clients.  

Our combined staff has now served over 400 clients ranging from large hospitals to smaller, community based rural hospitals.  We work exclusively with organizations ranging from healthcare systems, universities and foundations who are committed to a vision of improving the health and wellness of the community in which they serve.   

Healthplex Associates has developed a unique, hands-on style to assisting and advising clients with an approach that stresses partnerships. We provide an array of services in the Medical Wellness Industry.  These services include feasibility studies, audits of existing medical fitness centers and management. Fundamentally, we believe that true community health must include fitness/wellness services and because of our deep healthcare background (all of our principals have health care management or clinical backgrounds), our Healthplex team fully understands the client’s mission and the complexity of today’s healthcare environment. 

The management team of Healthplex Associates is made up of some of the nation’s most experienced experts in the field of medically based fitness. Few management firms can boast of the experience in health care, clinical services, and operations of medically based fitness centers that HPA possesses.  

  

 

A Healthplex Minute

Hospitals can no longer merely respond to the symptoms of illness and injury. They must deal with the causes. The goal of the medical fitness center is to expand the limits of lifestyle and wellness modification through customized, closely monitored exercise programs for patients, the community and staff.  Wilson Aguinaldo, Nurse Practitioner, shares how the SBH Healthplex is helping to improve his health!
Watch Wilson’s Testimony Here:

Healthplex Associates (HPA) consults with hospitals, health systems, foundations, and universities across the United States to create and manage clinically integrated fitness facilities. Healthplex Associates has developed unique programs to ensure the smooth transition from the clinical setting to the wellness center for people who need long term lifestyle management support for optimal health. HPA has achieved national leadership through innovation and our dedication to patients and clients.  

Our combined staff has now served over 400 clients ranging from large hospitals to smaller, community based rural hospitals.  We work exclusively with organizations ranging from healthcare systems, universities and foundations who are committed to a vision of improving the health and wellness of the community in which they serve.   

Healthplex Associates has developed a unique, hands-on style to assisting and advising clients with an approach that stresses partnerships. We provide an array of services in the Medical Wellness Industry.  These services include feasibility studies, audits of existing medical fitness centers and management. Fundamentally, we believe that true community health must include fitness/wellness services and because of our deep healthcare background (all of our principals have health care management or clinical backgrounds), our Healthplex team fully understands the client’s mission and the complexity of today’s healthcare environment. 

The management team of Healthplex Associates is made up of some of the nation’s most experienced experts in the field of medically based fitness. Few management firms can boast of the experience in health care, clinical services, and operations of medically based fitness centers that HPA possesses.