UNION, NJ – The Max Challenge of Union/Springfield is more than fitness classes.  It’s more than a nutritional program.  Yes, it’s a 10-week challenge the combines fitness and nutrition.  But it’s more than that.  It’s accountability.  It’s motivation.  It’s success.

"At The Max Challenge we provide a culture that is warm and inviting,” said Max of Union/Springfield co-owner Allison DiMarzio.  “We help our members make their health and fitness goals become a reality.  Our program and our members are like our family. Our trainers build long lasting relationships with our members and keep them accountable for their actions with regard to their nutrition and workouts.”

Manager Sara Kirsch says Max Challenge fitness classes are never the same two days in a row.    Throughout the program, trainers change up the classes and gradually bring up the intensity.  Kirsch said each class begins with a warm up and stretch and the end of the class focuses on core strength and abdominal exercises.  In between, depending on the day of the week, classes focus on upper body, lower body, and high intensity interval workouts.  Kirsch also said trainers offer modifications for each exercise to fit all fitness levels.

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“Unlike big box gyms, we hold our members to the commitment they’ve made to themselves,” said Kirsch.  “No one leaves our classes without their daily dose of inspiration and motivation.”

"Physically and mentally, the challenge changed me for the better and it has become a much needed improvement in my daily life,” said Max Challenge member Miguel Pecho.  “The Max is different from other programs, because you start off as strangers and become a family.  The Max Challenge is the best opportunity to have trainers that can help you, train you, and they reach a level of understanding that you can't find anywhere else.”

The Max Challenge provides a solid nutritional program that changes as the weeks’ progress.  “We have a very active private Facebook page for our members,” said Kirsch, “and they constantly exchange ideas and recipes.”

“MAX has changed the way I look at exercise,” said Demetria Demoleas.  “Through new friendships (and some old ones) together we work our minds, body, and souls. MAX has become therapy and made me see I'm so much stronger than I ever thought I was.”

Kirsch also said members look to participate together in activities and events outside of the classes.  “We have a team for the Mayor’s Day 5k run,” said Kirsch.  “We sponsored the Hispanic Law Enforcement Association “Hero’s on the Court” recently at Kean University and we had our annual ‘Max Day of Giving’, which this year benefited Susan B. Komen.”  The Max Challenge of Union/Springfield has sponsored local PTO and school events and runs workshops, nutritional seminars and kick-off seminars free and open to the public. 

"Before joining The Max I was not sure what to expect,” said member Jessica Lopes.  “I was nervous and felt uncomfortable at first but meeting Tiffany, my wonderful trainer, and the amazing people there I felt like I was in the right place. This new family has pushed and inspired me during the challenge and have made this journey well worth it. I believe the challenge has greatly impacted my life and I am glad that I have joined the wonderful team.”

“To be truly successful in any fitness program,” said DiMarzio, “you need structure. You need nutrition, fitness and motivation! Those are the words we live by at the Max Challenge!"

The Max Challenge of Union/Springfield offers many morning and evening classes and is located at 2033 Morris Avenue.  Visit their website at:  https://www.themaxchallenge.com/locations/springfield-union-nj/.  The next challenge begins June 26.