Personal fitness priority at Edwards gym |

Personal fitness priority at Edwards gym

Cliff Thompson
BIZ Fitness Tactics SM 6-15 Vail Daily/Shane Macomber Owner of the new Fitness Tactics in the Edwards Commercial Park Louanne Perfetti performs one of the many types of exercises on a rare machine called the Vortex wile spotted by co-worker Debbie Plath

When she hurt her back teaching high-impact aerobics nearly 25 years ago, Louanne Perfetti didn’t like lying on the floor waiting for it to heal.In time, it did, but she also learned the best way to prevent that kind of injury is to make sure your entire body is strengthened properly. That doesn’t mean just pumping iron. Over time Perfetti’s developed some innovative exercise routines that will strengthen every part of your body. One of her special strengthening exercises requires paper plates.Early this spring she opened Fitness Tactics in the Edwards Industrial Park where she provides one-on-one personal strength and fitness training for everyone from golfers to aspiring professional athletes to aging athletes trying to retain fitness and function. She has a 900 square-foot gym chock-full of exercise equipment that’s both basic and high-tech. The first thing she starts with is improving posture.

“They look at me like I’m from outer space when I tell them they have to correct their posture,” says Perfetti, 51, who’s energetic, obviously fit and redefines “hard-body.””I love the one-on-one stuff,” she says. “My biggest thing is making sure they do things with good form. Ninety-five percent of the people do it wrong and end up hurting themselves.”Together with longtime local fitness and strength trainer Debbie Plath, who has been active throughout the Vail Valley for two decades, they try to create innovative fitness regimens using everything from the Vortex Pro II training system to free weights, inflatable ball training and other programs. The paper plates, by the way, are used for an abdominal muscle exercise. Perfetti and Plath do a lot of circuit training to keep heart rates up and lots of unbalanced exercise that help strengthen the entire body – instead of just a single muscle group, Perfetti says. Her aim is to help develop what she calls “core strength.””I’ve been doing this for so long I have to find new things to do,” Perfetti says. “This isn’t just for people who want to lay on a bench and push weights. It is becoming commonly known that being able to push around the most iron in the weight room does not always yield the best performances on the field and the most winning teams.”

Perfetti and Plath work with everyone from 20-somethings trying to tone up their bodies for extreme sports competitions to octogenarians who want to say as active as they can. “There’s no boredom here,” says Plath, who is also teaches aerobic spin classes, Pilates and more. Perfetti is certified with the National Strength Condition Association and is a certified C.H.E.K. golf bio mechanic and certified GMP golf strengthening specialist.Perfetti said strength and fitness training is moving in a direction that allows more and more people to participate in it. “The biggest thing about this gym is that people are comfortable,” she says. Her husband and business manager, Tom Perfetti, says the exercise routines must be personalized for the best benefit. “It’s about the person,” he said. “And finding out what that person needs and wants to accomplish.”For early risers intent on getting in a good workout before heading to work, the gym opens at 6 a.m.

Fitness TacticsWhere: Edwards Commercial ParkHours: 6 a.m. to 7 p.m., Monday through SaturdayPhone: 926-4414Cliff Thompson can be contacted via e-mail at or by calling 949-0555 ext. 450.

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