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Modeling itself on mountaineering guides

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Westport, CT | Added on May 30, 2014 At 10:11 PM

 “If you go to class – where do you sit?  Do you sit in the front of the class or the back of the class," asked Sherpa Fitness owner Jean Desrosiers.

Sherpa is calling on you to sit front and center, promising to get you fitter, faster and more efficient. Not a bad deal considering the warm temperatures outside, but in a world saturated by fitness fads and diet trends- what makes this gym different from the rest? 

"You know everything doesn't take place in these four walls - whether it's an outside run or going out for a bike ride- I think those things help to inspire clients," said Brett Jones, fitness trainer.

"It's the experience that encourages peoples' passion to move on," said Jean Desrosiers.

Deriving its name from the Himalayan region, Sherpa refers to a mountaineering guide who leads some of the most callenging climbing expeditions. And, in order to fully live up to that mission, keeping things interesting is step number one.

"This is how all our bike classes are led," said Milly Wade, running trainer. 

One of the more impressive sides of this gym is its cycling center. Here trainer Milly Wade uses the projection to monitor her watts.  The bike also adjusts resistandce automatically.

"So I can feel the tension increase without having to touch the gears," said Wade.

And, just up the stairs is a bike shop.  

"So, I'm actually getting this ready for a stage race this weekend," said Lucas Fortini.

Cyclist Trainer Lucas can actually help to better fit your bike, so you can train more safely outdoors.

"This is like a one stop shop for all your bike needs," he said.

Since opening in 2007, Sherpa now serves 500 clients all around the globe.  That's right - you don't need to be a Connecticut resident to use this gym.  By visiting their website - - you can recieve a customized training plan. And that truly leaves you with few excuses to get in shape for this summer!

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