By Janee Law
When walking into Unique Health and Fitness in Huntington, the fitness center has become a one-stop-spot for those looking to improve their bodies physically, mentally and internally.
The 4,500-square-foot center offers personal training; general fitness; yoga classes; Iyengar yoga classes; nutrition counseling, with an organic garden that includes eggplants, pepper, tomatoes, squash, zucchini and more; acupuncture; and massage therapy.
“This space falls into everything that we do the mentally: eating well, taking care of yourself and organic farming,” said Helen Pufahl, 56, owner and personal trainer.
She said there’s nothing else like it in the village, and that’s where Unique got its name.
Also a certified nutritionist and wellness consultant, Pufahl, of Huntington said she also cooks for some clients and prepares their meals.
“The goal is to take the business to another level and to help people live a pain free, active lifestyle opposed to going to a big intimidating gym,” she said. “It’s been nice for us because there’s nothing like this in the town.”
Starting the business in 2004, Pufahl bought the building located at 75 New St. three years ago. At the time, she wanted to buy a building that she could use to create an environment people would want to come to.
When meeting clients, which typically fall in the age range of 40-80, Pufahl said she sets up a consultation for nutrition and exercise.
“We’re going to let you know what we can do, can’t do and we’re going to be realistic with you,” Pufahl said. “We’re not a fit for everybody, but if I feel you’re a good fit, you’re going to feel great.”
Lynn Perzeszty, a personal trainer at the fitness center, and former Huntington High School swimming coach, said that most of their clients are in their 60s, which is “an important time to start working out if you haven’t done anything, because that’s your foundation to the quality of your life for the next 15 years.”
With that, Pufahl and Perzeszty focus on strengthening their clients motor movements, and improving balance and flexibility.
“We do very interesting exercises here, we’re very creative in a unique way,” Perzeszty, of Huntington, said. “It’s not about the amount of weight you can lift, it’s how you can move your own weight around.”
She added, “Our niche is really helping people function better to get the most out of life and feel good.”
Unique Health and Fitness
75 New Street