Workout of the Week: The Exercise Coach

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You'll find The Exercise Coach tucked inside a strip mall off of Mills Civic Parkway.

"We are the alternative to the big box gyms," said co-owner Brian Stodola.

According to him, this is the place for people who are tired or scared of the gym.

"You walk into a gym and you look at a pice of equipment and you're like, 'Oh, I don't even know what this does.'"

There are about a dozen pieces of equipment at The Exercise Coach.  Brian shows us how they work by setting what's called our "strength curve."

It's a target for us.  We try to keep the exertion on each machine within this range.

The goal:  Complete just one set of eight repetitions. Sounds easy enough, right?

It's not. It's actually really hard. That's because the machines offer resistance through the entire range of motion. The muscles remain contracted, which leads to muscle fatigue much faster.

"Which is where a lot of the magic happens," Stodola said.

The machines also limit the range of motion, which limits the risk of injury. Stoloda suffered from back pain so severe, he feared he wouldn't be able to lift his newborn daughter.

"I hadn't done any sort of leg work in 10 years because of lower back. After two repetitions, the light bulb went off.  I can do this," Stoloda said.

Just about anyone can, in part because the entire session, including cardio is just 20 minutes long.

"We're looking for long-term results, something people can do for 10, 15, 20 years if they want," Stoloda said.