UTC professor, alumni team up to take intimidation out of exercise

CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (WDEF) – When it comes to fitness, many people want to get in shape. But a lot of times, they don’t know where to start.

They might even feel a little intimidated.

That’s where UTC associate professor Nicholas Boer comes in.

“What I wanted was a facility that would be geared towards helping people just get and reach the physical activity recommendations and develop some confidence in their ability to move and exercise,” explains Boer.

Onsight Fitness exists to bridge the gap between the medical world and the fitness world.

Co-founder Matt Averyhart says more individualized programming is developed to build confidence and create independence as the clients progress.

“We differ from other studios because we are more of a learning experience than anything. So when you come into an Onsight studio you actually see the workout you’re going to do each time and you are part of the filling out process of putting your information of like the weights that you use and things of that nature so that hopefully within three to four months you know what you’re doing and you can do those things outside of Onsight,” says Averyhart.

Boer plays an advisory role in the business, saying a large part of Onsight’s training model is dictated by his background and teachings.

“Everything we do is evidence based. Lot of science and lot of data goes into every single exercise prescription that we create. So the data shows that you need a good mix of aerobic and resistance training so you need cardio and you need weights,” says Averyhart.

Overall, Boer says the goal of Onsight is to build up confidence, and not just to make sure you look good in the mirror.

“I wanted to help develop a facility that really would teach the things that we taught in the classroom as well as provide a good environment for people to exercise,” Boer says.

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