By Janee Law
Painted in big letters are the words “It’s All About You” at SimplyFit Health and Wellness’ Centerport location. It isn’t just a decorative display of inspiration to the clients at the personal training facility, it’s also the mantra trainers live by.
SimplyFit Health and Wellness, with locations in both Centerport and Huntington, offers personal training for clients and run sessions tailored to the client’s needs and goals. SimplyFit also offers corporate wellness and individual wellness programs as well.
“Here, we’re really about the client and it’s a personalized experience,” owner Michael Dubas, 30, of East Northport, said. “It’s custom tailored to the individual because everyone is different and everyone has different goals.”
Dubas opened the first location in Centerport at 10 Little Neck Road in 2012, taking over what was then Thorough Fit. Although the first few years were a bit tough, Dubas said that business started picking up in 2014, becoming a growing success.
Open for five years, Dubas was inspired to open the second location in Huntington at 775 Park Ave. in July 2017. It's ready to take on new clients and has trainers standing by, Dubas said.
While training one summer with the Harborfields High School football team, Dubas was introduced to weight lifting and fell in love with it. After graduating from high school in 2006, his obsession for weight lifting grew stronger when he attended SUNY Albany. There, he got a job with a local Bally Total Fitness facility as a trainer and became certified as a personal trainer in 2009.
“I fell in love with training, with being able to have an effect on people’s lives,” Dubas said. “When people come here, they’re unhappy and don’t feel well…it’s really rewarding to see them change, lose weight, get happy again and get off medications for cholesterol or blood pressure.”
The 1,300-square-foot facility in Centerport offers experienced trainers and equipment for weight lifting, cardio, resistance training and more. SimplyFit packages include 10-40 sessions that run for 30 minutes.
In addition to its personal training, the facility also offers group yoga classes every Wednesday, 7-8 p.m. Dubas also teaches a fitness class on Thursdays for patients of a local bariatric surgeon.
For the holiday season, SimplyFit hosted a weight loss challenge that raised $1,000 for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. They will be expanding their charity efforts later this year by hosting a charity walk in April for LiveOnNY.
With the new year rolling in, Dubas said he’s had an increase in clients with nearly 120 clients.
He added that his goals for 2018 is to continue to grow and advance the Huntington location, hire more trainers and gain a better social media presence.
In regards to his passion for the job, Dubas said he loves that everyday brings a different story.
“You don’t know what today is going to bring and what tomorrow will bring,” he said, adding that he loves his clients as well. “It’s a non-intimidating environment, where we really cater to the client and customize a program that works best for them. We’re goal oriented and safety oriented.”