If your workout excuse is it's too far, time-consuming or inconvenient to get to the gym, then Matt Rolph just might leave you with no excuse whatsoever. He's got a rolling gym — a truck that comes to you with trainers, classes and equipment.
G.I.T. Fit is a customized car-hauler in chic matte black and silver that can take five people in a class, sometimes six, "depending on how comfortable people are with each other," he says. At the back is a ramp for bringing in and out equipment such as a stationary bike and rowing machine. In a front corner, near the cab, is a cable machine for resistance exercises. There's even a toilet and shower -- another excuse to set aside.
Time to switch out the food truck for the fit truck?
"This is the first time I've been able to maintain a workout routine," says Karen Hardcastle, who teaches fourth- and fifth-graders at Westland School, where Rolph has a son and where he has set up his truck each week in the parking lot for the last three months.
The idea occurred to Rolph after he heard repeatedly from people who claimed to want to work out but said they were unable to get to his standard studio, called Group Interval Training in Woodland Hills.
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The tenor of the class changes with the location. I worked out one morning with some parents of students at Westland School, near the Skirball Center, after the teachers had their workout. If you make up the group yourself, you can choose people who inspire you or who won't mind what your fitness level is. At Westland, Rolph donates 10% of the proceeds from classes to the school and says he is open to doing that at other schools too.
It's a full-body workout using high-intensity interval training techniques. That translates to a minute or two at a station — say, lifting free weights or running on the treadmill — with a few seconds to recover in between. The theory is, the fitter you get, the better able you are to recover in that short timespan.
Very personal, with lots of small position corrections. You can even bring your own music. Rolph and his partner, Ben Hawkins. were on site to train people. They say bringing the gym to schools, offices and other sites enables people who know one another to work out together, inspire one another and keep one another accountable.
The truck costs $160 for an hour for the group, with discounts for multiple groups or sessions at one location.
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