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ProBody Personal Training
Exercise and Then Hit the 'Musical' Chair

By Christina Occhipinti

Rona Chowenhill is a jack-of-all-trades. She's dabbled in retail, merchandising, interior design, personal training and publishing. Now she can add entrepreneur to her list. Chowenhill has taken aspects from her previous work experiences and, with a very hands-on approach, she molded them to create her new business venture, ProBody, in Mount Kisco. She refers to ProBody, which opened seven weeks ago, as "Westchester's first luxury personal training center." "The training is what I've been passionate about for 20 years," Chowenhill said. "For this project, because it was a raw space, I had to design everything. I did all the wallpaper, the photography and the drapery myself. There were a lot of elements I preferred to do myself. All the marketing I'm doing myself."

A personal training session at ProBody includes a 20 minute-cardio interval session, a stretching interval, weight training and a 12-minute neuroacoustic therapy session. Chowenhill said she included the stretching sequence, which she learned at the Sports Training Institute in Manhattan, because she feels people fail to take the time to stretch while working out.

"Every client wants to be more flexible," she said. "I do it (the stretching) after the cardio, so they're nice and warm, and their muscles are soft and pliable. It lets them catch their breath and relax a little before we start the weight training, so it fits."

Chowenhill said she trains her clients to do sets of 10 repetitions because "I think it's a reasonable number if you want to see change." With weight training, she said, it's important to mix things up in order to keep surprising your body without getting bored.

"There's no question that weight-training is very repetitious. Fortunately, there are a variety of exercises you can do, and as you get stronger, the fun and interesting part about it is watching yourself pick up heavier and heavier weights as you get stronger."

Chowenhill said while it does take some time for a client to see their physical change, the neuroacoustic therapy chair is what keeps them coming back to ProBody, which is the only facility on the East Coast to offer it.

"What this does&is to create somewhat of a Pavlov's dog syndrome and it truly does," Chowenhill said. "Someone comes in for a workout, but they're thinking and associating with the chair. Until they start to see the results in their body that then motivates them, this helps keep a person coming back."

Chowenhill said that in the neuroacoustic therapy chair, her clients are in the "zero-gravity position," which releases the pressure on our internal organs. Once in the chair, the music helps clients grow increasingly relaxed. "It's a specially designed music, for the lack of a better term, that's scientifically orchestrated alpha, beta, theta and delta waves that are put together in such a way that they trigger your brain to relax," she said. "Stress is such a silent killer and it affects all of us. No matter how revved up you are, you get into the chair and it takes you down into a relax mode."

Chowenhill emphasized that working out and improving your physical fitness is as much mental as it is physical. "I've been addicted to weight training for years because it's the one thing that you do that you can't be thinking about something else," she said. "(At ProBody,) you walk in the door and it's all about you. Focus on you and how you're doing a great thing for yourself, but mentally, you have to be here with me."

59 Kensico Drive
Mount Kisco, NY 10549

Hours: Monday - Friday: 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., and 5:30 to 7:30pm. Saturday: 8:00 to 10:30 a.m. Sunday: Closed Additional training session times may be available upon request. Call for training prices.

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