By Randy Rudder
Unconventional Facility in Mt. Juliet Offers ‘Functional Training’
In the book of Exodus, God tells Moses to lead his people out of Egypt. After Moses offers up a series of excuses as to why he is not qualified, including a lack of resources, God asked, “What do you have in your hand?” Moses answered, “A rod.” Later, with the Egyptian army hot on his heels, Moses stretched that same rod across the Red Sea and parted it. The message and metaphor are clear: use what you have at your disposal and more will be given to you.
Crystal Kensinger, co-owner of Re:MOVE Training on Nonaville Road in Mt. Juliet, is the quintessential example of making use of what you have. The personal trainer always had a vision to have her own training business but had few or no resources when she began. So she started offering exercise classes outside an apartment building. “The business started in a parking lot where I did boot camps. We trained in the wind and in the rain, and one time we even worked out in a thunder and lightning storm. We were pretty hard core,” she said. “I’ve used curbs and steps and picnic benches to do our workouts — whatever was available,” she explained. “Pretty soon, the business grew, and we had so many clients that we were filling up the parking lots, and I said, ‘Oh my gosh, we have to find a home.’”
That home recently became 200 Nonaville Road where Re:MOVE is located on the back half of the office building. “I’ve been in the business for about seven years. I worked in a corporate setting, I worked at a Gold’s Gym for several years, I worked at a private training center downtown, and I worked for Del Webb, working with the elderly. I also did some one-on-one training with couples, training them at home, but this style of training is what I’ve always loved.”
“This style” is a type of training that is sometimes referred to as “functional training” and includes everything from turning over 250-pound tires to putting ropes around clients and having them pull each other around the gym. The approach combines cardiovascular training, strength training, flexibility and rehab.
“It’s not the kind of facility where you come in and put your headphones on, and just tune the world out. The group classes we have are very interactive and supportive. It’s more like a family than a work-out facility,” she said. “Some of our clients were pretty large people when they first came, and nobody will shy away from them or anything. Everyone will just walk up and introduce themselves right away and make them feel at home.”