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Thirty years ago, the concept of a hospital-owned fitness center was unconventional. However, West Calcasieu Cameron Hospital (WCCH) sought a new, proactive approach to wellness, one that embraced traditional medical interventions and sought to adopt a holistic approach to health alongside disease management and treatments.
In 1993, Dynamic Dimensions Fitness Centers of WCCH was born, embarking on a journey to empower patients and the community to focus on their health and fitness. This idea has driven Dynamic Fitness’ unique identity in the local wellness landscape and is a key differentiator among other facilities in the community. Exercise has long been recognized as a cornerstone of good health and longevity. Additionally, mental, emotional and spiritual well-being are just as important when focusing on one’s overall health.
“At Dynamic Fitness, we want to help you train for life,” says Suzy Trahan, LDN, RDN, ACSM certified exercise physiologist, ACE certified personal trainer, and director of Dynamic Fitness. “We know that everyone is on their own journey, so we approach health and fitness in a unique, personalized and transformative way. Our model is to establish a deep, meaningful connection with our members that empowers them to create change wherever they are in the process.”
Over the past three decades, the hospital fitness center has embraced innovation and adapted to the ever-evolving landscape of health and wellness. Staying at the forefront of advancements, the center has introduced cutting-edge fitness equipment, such as their Cybex equipment that’s designed with biomechanics in mind for all age groups and functional training equipment that allows for three-dimensional training. They’ve incorporated the latest wellness trends, such as the popular addition of MOSSA® professional group fitness programming in 2004 and demonstrated their commitment to members’ ongoing success in the gym and on their personal health journeys by having a muscle activation technique specialist, strength and conditioning specialists and a medical fitness specialist on staff who work closely with full-service members. Dynamic Fitness has programming for the kids too — at any time throughout the year, there are various youth training and education programs available to get kids and teens moving and excited about their health and wellness.
Christi Kingsley, chief human resources officer of WCCH, says the team at Dynamic Fitness have continued to honor the early goals of the fitness center — establishing and providing a well-equipped facility, recruiting highly trained professionals, and offering an inviting and family-centric space that allows people to pursue their path to wellness with ease.
From its inception, Dynamic Fitness has placed a strong emphasis on wellness and health, rather than a particular size or shape. “Every individual’s wellness journey is unique. People have varying capabilities and starting points,” says Trahan. “Some prefer group classes, while others thrive on individual workouts. Some thrive in high-energy atmospheres, while others seek a calm and quiet space. We cater to all these preferences through our diverse group fitness offerings and wide range of standalone equipment.”
Trahan, who has been with WCCH since 1998, Dynamic Fitness since 2003, and has been the director since 2010, exhibits unwavering dedication to wellness and fitness. Her commitment to helping members achieve their fitness goals is evident. “One of the most rewarding aspects of being part of the Dynamic Fitness family is assisting individuals in finding their motivation for wellness,” says Trahan. “It’s the key element that drives discipline and fosters a desire to make time for exercise amidst busy schedules. Once someone discovers their motivation, there are no limits to what they can achieve!”
Ensuring that the fitness staff is trained and certified is of utmost importance. Trahan emphasizes, “Since the beginning, we have prioritized having credentialed and certified instructors and trainers to offer the highest level of fitness instruction. By maintaining these certifications and continuously meeting their requirements, we ensure that we provide up-to-date techniques and wellness information supported by solid research.”
The team at Dynamic Fitness is eager to partner with individuals on their journey to wellness, promoting a healthier and more vibrant life. For more information, visit www.dynamicfitnesscenters.com.