In a town where generalists are as endangered as affordable education and specialists of all fields seem to occupy nine in 10 homes, it comes as no surprise that Davis is home to an Olympic trainer. Yes indeed, Hideshi Okamoto, owner of the Fitness Garage at 1403 Fifth St., Suite G, works with professional athletes … and the rest of us. He offers both private and group sessions, with a youth fitness niche.
As you can imagine, parents, once armed with this information, will schedule an extra stop on the daily minivan circuit — somewhere between their child’s lessons in Finnish and the contrabass flute. After all, budding star athletes coached from the womb have to keep up.
How do I know? My son got the squeeze after Spanish and before tennis a couple of years ago.
After his first group session, my son staggered to the car in a worn-out daze. It was the first time I’d ever seen him drenched in sweat, at least absent an infraction spied by my angry eye. Maybe this Davis one-upmanship had gone too far.
As we drove home, my astonishment was twofold: 1) I was willing to admit a parenting mistake; and 2) even though it was, by far, the hardest physical challenge he’d ever faced, he had a great time.
Before I could say I told you so, we were scheduling his next session.
Since that time, my son thoroughly enjoys working out with his friends. He also appreciates the impact on his tennis game. As a mom, I’m thankful for the cross-training and injury prevention, (and in one case, rehabilitation).
Drawing on his experience as a physical therapist, Hideshi’s philosophy is simple: Concentrate on core, balance and posture for a healthier approach to all activities, no matter the chosen sport or fitness objective. I’ve seen kids who wanted to run faster, jump higher or build strength and endurance, all reach their goals.
As a New Year’s resolution, I’m trying new workouts. I told my son Fitness Garage was on my list for March and received a reply straddling both sarcasm and concern: “Good luck!”
Or maybe it was just brutal honesty.
When I successfully completed and enjoyed my first visit without so much as a blotchy face, I got the sense my son was a little disappointed. Apparently, mild parental suffering is good sport for a tween. My suspicion proved true when, after returning from his own class, armed with the real story, he explained adults like me don’t experience as strenuous a workout as younger clients.
(I’ll come clean; I would never be able to keep up with the youth class. Just don’t tell my son!)
Joy is the gravitational pull at Fitness Garage. Using non-traditional apparatus, Hideshi makes exercise playful. And, as I’ve discovered how unbalanced my body is, it can also be hilarious.
Come to think of it, Fitness Garage is the perfect name for this business. Slowly but surely, I feel like I’m being realigned. And for “adults like me,” we could all use a little adjustment now and then.
Check out what’s happening at http://www.fitnessgarage.us.
— Heidy Kellison lives and shops in Davis. Her column appears monthly. Reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.