What gets Britton Leitch most excited is not when he gets to work with the university athletes that come to the Provision Health and Fitness Center. Or simply seeing a senior gain strength and mobility after a personal training session. Or putting a group of participants through their paces together. Or helping a new member work toward their New Year’s resolution.
What gets him most excited is that he gets to do it all. And in a very personal way.
“I’ve always enjoyed exercise,” says Leitch, a certified strength and conditioning specialist at Provision Fitness. “There’s not too many people who can get up in the morning and do a job that fulfills their sense of mission and calling. It’s wonderful to be able to have a positive impact on somebody’s life.”
He certainly has. In 2016, Leitch received “Top Personal Trainer” as part of the Knoxville Mercury’s Top Knox Reader’s Poll awards.
Here’s what the paper said about him: “Britton Leitch, a fitness manager for Provision Health and (Fitness), is a Knoxville native with over a decade of experience. No wonder Leitch comes highly recommended when it comes to finding the best strength and conditioning coach. Not only is he a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist by the NSCA, Leitch has won competitions as a Scottish Highland Games athlete.”
“It was really an honor to get this recognition,” Leitch says. “I think it just demonstrates the personal attention we give our clients, no matter their background or fitness level.”
Provision Health and Fitness is a state-of-the-art fitness center at the Dowell Springs campus in West Knoxville. The center is associated with the Tennessee Aquatics program, working with student athletes in their strength and conditioning efforts. In the same way, each member of the fitness center receives one-on-one attention required to help them meet their personal fitness goals, whether it be training for a particular sport or improving flexibility and endurance for their daily lives.
“We have really focused on creating an environment of whatever your goal is you are welcome,” Leitch says.
That has meant expanding the offerings of the center to provide a range of services, from one-on-one fitness training to larger group exercise classes.
At Provision Health and Fitness, members can opt for one-on-one training. Provision’s fitness experts design a challenging, customized programs appropriate for an individual’s fitness level and then provide accountability and motivation in a personalized setting that ensures every exercise is executed safely and properly. Or members can share a personal trainer with a friend or spouse—enjoying the camaraderie of reaching goals together while benefiting from private instruction.
One of the fitness center’s newer offerings is a small group fitness class, which allows those with similar areas of focus or even simply a group of friends to work out together. The program splits up the fee of a personal fitness trainer, making it a more cost effective option. Provision’s personal trainers conduct personal evaluations for all participants and design a custom program challenging for everyone but taking into account the unique needs of each individual. Groups range in size from four to eight.
Provision Health and Fitness also is qualified to accept Silver Sneakers Flex members, who can utilize the gym and participate in group fitness classes through the program, paid for by a number of Medicare health plans. Exercise classes at the fitness center include chair yoga, “Yoga for Healthy Aging,” “Functional Fitness” and “Functional Movement”—both low-impact classes focused on range of motion, everyday movements, and building core strength & balance; and Women’s Small Group Training, a challenging program designed to improve balance, mobility, strength and stamina.
Other fitness classes offered at the center include Xpress Fitness—a total body workout in 45 minutes; spin; power yoga and boot camp.
Provision Health and Fitness is currently providing a one-month trial membership is available for $19, making it easy to sample everything the center has to offer.
Provision Health and Fitness also a Small Group Training for Cancer Survivors.
The four- week, twice weekly program, consists of stretching, strengthening, and cardio-vascular conditioning exercises targeted at the needs of men and women following recovery from cancer treatments—and who are ready to take the next step toward better health. The next four-week class, which holds four to six participants, starts Feb. 20.
The class is taught by Kathy Kearse, a physical therapist with Provision Physical Therapy who is also a certified lymphedema specialist, and Kathleen Bullock, a certified personal trainer and cancer exercise specialist who works at Provision Health and Fitness.
“We like helping people,” Bullock says. “The work we do helps some people win a race or accomplish an athletic feat. For other, it just helps them get through a normal day and feel good.
“Whoever they are, we are helping people have a better tomorrow.”