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Metro Fitness Health Club has added a second location in the former Koinonia Fayetteville Athletic Club (former Track & Racket/Fitness Forum Club) located at 6800 East Genesee Street in Fayetteville, NY. Currently Metro Fitness owns/operates a Club at 205 South Salina St in the heart of Downtown Syracuse. With 20 years of experience and great expertise in the health and fitness industry, Metro Fitness is looking forward to bringing their passion for health, fitness, personal training and excellence in customer services to Fayetteville.

For several months, Randy Sabourin, a certified Personal Trainer, Medical Exercise Specialist and Owner of the Metro Fitness Health Club, has been working with the owners of 6800 East Genesee Street.

“I am proud and excited to announce that the lease is official, and the high quality of service and programs that have been a part of the history going back to the former Track & Racket/Fitness Forum will be revitalized and thrive to a new level. We want to commend the high level of service that Randy and his team has provided. He and his team at Metro Fitness have been tremendously successful examples for the health and fitness industry in Syracuse for the past 20 years, and we are looking forward to working with him to continue and expand on his fitness legacy.” said Tom Kennedy one of the principal owners of 6800 East Genesee Street.

Renovations of the Club are in process, and Sabourin has already made major improvements to the Clubs equipment and management systems. Metro Fitness is known for their personal training programs, professional staff and a culture of comfort and congeniality in their Club's. They plan on bringing those same features to Metro Fitness East.

“I’m excited to bring Metro Fitness to Fayetteville and look forward to working with the community. I am fully committed to creating a supportive, friendly, clean, state-of-the-art facility and plan to restore the same great community atmosphere we all remember existed here many years ago, as well as a friendly and professional staff that puts customer service at the top of their priority list.” Sabourin also stated. "Many remember this club as the "Track & Racket Club", we cannot bring back the "Racket" part, but we are replacing it with the word "Training," so our tagline for Metro Fitness East will be "Track & Training," emphasizing two of the major amenities of this Club, the track and the personal training" Sabourin says.

Metro Fitness East is open from 4:30am - 10pm weekdays, 7am - 8pm Saturday and 8am - 7pm Sundays. During January Metro East is offering renovation membership specials, free fitness evaluations, complementary personal training orientation sessions, raffles, and a free trial pass for those who would like to try out the Club.

A few unique features of the Club include, emphasis on personal training with dedicated member support, a 1/10th of a mile indoor track, 2 studios for group fitness classes, large locker rooms each with steam and saunas, a private Pilates Reformer studio, sophisticated fitness testing equipment, access to on-site physical therapy services, members' lounge, courtesy towel service, locker room amenities and a professional friendly customer service, personal training and group fitness team.

Official Grand Opening is scheduled for Friday, January 29th all day with a member social from 5:30pm - 9pm.

Media Contact Information: Randy Sabourin, Owner, Metro Fitness East LLC. 6800 East Genesee St. Fayetteville NY 13066
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Wellness Wednesdays in Clinton Square

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Wellness Wednesday Kicks Off in Downtown Syracuse

BY EMILY DE VITO    Published on June 10, 2015

By Emily De Vito SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News) – Clinton Square was filled with more than 25 people at 6:30 a.m. to kick off the 3rd annual Wellness Wednesday. Certified instructors from downtown Syracuse’s Metro Fitness taught a sunrise Yoga class. But the fun didn’t stop there.

At 12:15 more than 15 people gathered again at Clinton Square for a Zumba dance aerobic workout class. Metro Fitness owner Randy Sabourin said he turned to city recreation officials three years ago with the idea to start a midday Zumba class that would get a big group together to work out.

“Our first year was great and we had 40 or 50 people here,” Sabourin said. “Last year was the first year we introduced sunrise yoga and that was very successful, and this year we are adding the hula hoop.”

With more than 3,000 people living in Downtown Syracuse, the two groups wanted to find a way to bring the community together in a fun and healthful way.

“It’s great for the community and it’s great for downtown if you live or work downtown,” Sabourin said.

Lynn Kwietniak, who led the Zumba class in Clinton Square, said that people can burn about 500 calories during a 30-minutes class.

“We’re doing squats, we’re doing lunges, jumping up and down so it entails everything, every part of the body literally from head to toe,” Kwietniak said.

But for those who live or work in Downtown Syracuse and have never taken fitness classes like these, Kwietniak said to come on out anyway.

“If you’re not a fitness enthusiast that’s great because it’s at your own pace. You’re here to have fun and any type of movement is better than none,” Kwietniak said.

Wellness Wednesday will run weekly through July 29. All the classes are 30 minutes and free. Sabourin also said that parking is free during the 6:30 a.m. yoga class and 5:30 p.m. hula hoop class.

You can find the full schedule on the Metro Fitness website.


By Alexa Green


This time of year, it seems like digging out and shoveling snow is just a part of our everyday routine. But as Alexa Green explains, while it can certainly get your heart pumping, it's an activity that's not for everyone, especially those with a history of health problems.

SYRACUSE N.Y. -- It's an activity we all know far too well. But many may not realize it, shoveling snow can be a high intensity workout.

"Your foundation, your lower body muscles are the ones you want to utilize, you know your large muscles, your legs. You're going to use your arms and shoulders. You're not going to avoid using your back," said Metro Fitness Club of Syracuse owner Randy Sabourin.

That's why on Saturday MetroFitness held a snow shovel fitness class. Organizers say the workout is a way to spice up your typical gym routine and increase your heart rate.

"Being one dimensional is not good. Exercise comes in many different forms, and we're about to introduce a new one to our class here," said Sabourin. 

But, if you're not shoveling snow as workout -- you're doing it to clear your driveway or sidewalk. Experts say there are still things you want to keep in mind.

"It's things like, not eating a heavy meal before shoveling, using a lightweight shovel instead of a heavy shovel, no alcohol before going out and certainly dressing in layers," said American Heart Association Syracuse Vice President Stephen Militi.

And if you do experience any problems shoveling, you want to make sure you seek help right away.

"People getting any chest pain, discomfort, dizziness, nausea, absolutely should call 911 immediately and not take that risk into your own hands" said Militi. 

"We use heart rate monitors. We tested this out and found that the average heart rate can get up to 85 percent intensity fairly quickly, so you do need to be cautious," said Sabourin. 

But if you're doing it safely, it can be a healthy way to burn some calories, while also clearing out some of that unwanted snow. Other things to keep in mind while shoveling, you want to take frequent breaks to recharge your body. And also, make sure you stay hydrated and drink plenty of water.

Stick to Fitness Resolutions with Grad's Solutions

Published in Suny Cortland, January 2014

A new year often brings new fitness goals, which typically means a bump in new gym memberships.

But if 25 years spent climbing the ladder in the health and fitness industry has taught Randy Sabourin ’88 anything, it’s that New Year’s fitness resolutions are achieved most often when they start with education and accountability, not simply pouncing on a discounted monthly rate.

“Just paying money doesn’t guarantee results,” says Sabourin, the owner of Metro Fitness in Syracuse, N.Y. “People don’t get shaped by osmosis.”

Sabourin, a former physical education major, would know.

He started Metro Fitness, located on South Salina Street in the heart of downtown Syracuse, in 1995 as a small personal training boutique to train people one-on-one. Over time, it has evolved into something much larger: a full-service health club that today employees a full-time staff of a dozen, including three who were educated at SUNY Cortland — Patrick Flaherty ’92, M.S.Ed. ’95; Anthony Romano; and Ashlea Youngs ’10.

January often brings a spike in interest largely because of New Year’s resolutions, Sabourin says. But his goal isn’t to create a revolving door-type gym that relies solely on over-selling memberships.

“Most of the time, what people are looking for is guidance and that’s what fitness clubs accomplish,” he says, opting to use the word club rather than gym because it implies inclusivity and service over machines and equipment.

Sabourin recently offered five general tips on sticking with a New Year’s fitness resolution, whether that newfound fitness routine involves walking a half-hour outside, working with a personal trainer or rotating the gym circuit:

• Set measurable, realistic goals.

“Number one, have a goal,” says Sabourin, who starts with an individual goal analysis for his clients. “Make sure it’s realistic and make it measurable.

“Don’t just say that your goal this year is to get in better shape. It’s better to say that you want to lose 20 pounds by March 1 or that you want to run a 5K this spring.”

• Be accountable.

Accountability can come in many different forms, Sabourin says. The highest form for most is a personal trainer, “someone who’s going to show up and make sure you’re doing your workouts especially if you have a busy lifestyle or a family.”

“But if that’s not within your budget, there’s nothing better than a workout buddy, as long as that person is motivated,” he says. “A workout buddy gives you motivation and a purpose to show up.”

• Give it at least one month.

Making it through the first 30 days of a new exercise routine is crucial, according to Sabourin.

“Statistics show most January new members fall through the cracks within a month,” he says. “That’s because you’re only seeing the negative side of fitness the first few weeks: you’re sore, you’re tired and you probably haven’t done enough to notice any measureable change.”

It’s common to expect instant gratification, although it’s often unrealistic. 

“If you can make it through those first 30 days, you’ll begin to see and feel change and those are positive reinforcements.” 

• Don’t be one dimensional with your approach.

The aspiring runner who sets out to run a 5K in the spring shouldn’t focus solely on running 30 minutes each day, Sabourin says. It’s just as important to recover and mix up activity.

“If you’re one dimensional, what happens is you can start to see stress injuries and overuse injuries,” he says, explaining that the key is cross training.

“Blending a variety of fitness activities in your lifestyle — running, yoga, weight-lifting — not only is that the best approach for your body, but also mentally you have less of a chance to burn out when you have different activities to choose from.”

• Find a hobby for the season.

It might sound elementary, but Sabourin, who resides in Brewerton, N.Y., stresses the importance of playing outside.

“You can’t fight the climate you live in, so you need to learn to embrace it,” he says. “You had better find a hobby that’s conducive for the season, whether it’s snow-shoeing or cross country skiing in the winter or getting your bike out or going for a jog in the summertime.

“You have to be realistic with your environment. The outdoors are healthy and you have to take what they allow you to do.”



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