By Alexa Buechler
Frank Carman spreads his familial feel to workouts in the park
When Frank Carman founded Frankie’s Fitness about three years ago, he had only one personal training client.
Now, his fitness classes burst with 35 adults and 40 to 45 children. He also serves as a personal trainer seven clients.
“It’s a pretty solid little business right now—and we’re growing,” Carman says.
The 85085 resident fell in love with fitness while taking martial arts classes as a child.
“I was always into more individual-based sports,” Carman says. “The most fun part to me was seeing how far I could push myself.”
Carman says he wanted to share that experience with others.
“Once I was able to do that with other people and relay that information to them and actually see them get results, it got me hooked,” Carman says.
“With that big smile on their face, that, ‘Oh, my God, I’ve never had this much energy,’ I was like I’ve got to find some way to pay the bills with this.”
Carman worked for a CrossFit gym for four years before opening Frankie’s Fitness in December 2016.
“I remember pulling out pieces of notebook paper and drawing out my little logo,” he says. “I started becoming super-passionate.”
He creates his workouts using all forms of fitness, and then he personalizes it to each individual—even in a group setting.
“If I really take the time to get with each individual, it’s scaled to their abilities,” he says.
“So, no matter what movement or workout we’re doing, you can always find a scale. I’ve had people who are 65 or 66 years old with multiple knee and back surgeries and have been able to really help them out and get some results.”
The challenge in front of Carman was, though, he needed to find a home base to create his vision.
“One of my friends had passed away from pancreatic cancer, and they were holding a get-together to remember him, a celebration of life,” Carman says. “It was right there at the Sonoran Foothills Community Center. I was looking out and reminiscing about him, and it just felt right. Then, I have that memory of my buddy pushing me along the way.”
Carman took it as a sign and worked with the community center to host group fitness classes there. His plans came to fruition and his business is a community in itself.
“We are absolutely a family unit,” Carman says. “We are hanging out outside of class. We all get together and do things with our families. We go hiking on the weekends.”
The group fitness membership is $100 per month for adults and kids ages 13 and older. For kids, the group fitness classes are $90 for six weekly training sessions. His personal training sessions vary.
Carman is considering expanding his classes to Norterra’s Union Park or to workplaces.
“Some corporations will actually give a certain amount of money to allot to their employees in order for them to get healthier,” Carman says. “Because they’re sitting at their desk all day, they get all these sedentary injuries in their joints, and they’re gaining weight. They’re unproductive and unhappy. We can alleviate that.”
Carman says corporations have accepted his offer because healthier employees mean lower medical costs and an improved work environment.
“They are healthier and happier, and it just spreads like wildfire throughout the whole office,” Carman says.