Not So Typical Fitness Center Tru Fitness Coming to Scio Township

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By Melinda Baird,

Those interested in getting physically fit but put off by crowded gyms and confusing machines will have a new option come mid-October.  The Scio Township Board of Trustees on August 22 approved a recommendation by the planning commission allowing private fitness studio Tru Fitness to set up shop in the Scio Township Commerce Center, located at 359 Metty Drive.

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Owners Tina and John Miller are relocating their business, now in its sixth year, from State Street in Ann Arbor.  Bringing a collective twenty years of personal training experience, the Millers specialize in individual and small group functional training, corrective exercise, weight loss, sports specific training, nutrition counseling and muscle gain.

“Our mission is to provide high quality instruction to the community,” said Tina, who has earned a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology from University of Michigan, a master’s degree in psychology from Madonna University, and national certifications in strength and conditioning, sports medicine and corrective exercise.

“We work really hard on producing quality movement rather than just burning calories and intensity.  Most of our exercises are geared toward fixing aches and pains and becoming healthy rather than, ‘How much weight can I lose before spring break?’” added John.

For that reason, the studio tends to draw people over age 40, although the Millers work with all ages.  Movements that are functional and body weight-oriented are emphasized, and classes are small—no more than 20 participants—so that individual instruction can be provided.  Roughly 25 classes are offered per week, and clientele sign up online for classes in advance.  Drop-ins are not typically permitted unless the class is under-attended, which can be determined online prior to class.  $100 per month provides clientele with unlimited access to classes, John said.

Bill Kinley, President of Phoenix Contractors and owner of Scio Township Commerce Center building, said his new tenants have been thoroughly vetted and bring with them an outstanding reputation.  The controlled environment created by the Millers alleviates any concerns about available parking, he said.

“There is no open gym aspect.  So, if they have 40 members or 4,000 members, you have to sign up for their class to take it—you can’t just go.  When you go to Bally or other fitness centers, they are a mob scene at 5:30pm.  That doesn’t exist for the Millers,” building manager Tyler Kinley added.

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