February is American heart month and 17’s Maddie Janssen is highlighting the importance of exercise, since only 23% of Americans get the recommended amount. If you want to burn the maximum amount of calories and fat in as little time as possible, experts say HIIT, high intensity interval training, is where it’s at. That’s the fitness craze that’s drawing people to GritFitness in northwest Bakersfield.
David Mcpherson got into fitness about 15 years ago. “I was overweight and out of shape and needed to change my life.” From that purpose, McPherson found his passion: motivating others to be their best selves. When he was laid off from his day job a few years ago, he took it as a sign. “It was a blessing in disguise, if I can say that. I had already made the decision that I was moving in this direction. So when I found out I was on the list to be laid off, I was like, ok, maybe God has a bigger plan for me.”
He opened GritFitness in November 2017. The gym focuses on HIIT. Classes are short, the workout is only 25 to 30 minutes long. “For the general population, the stay at home mom, the guy working a full-time job who has very little time, pushing yourself as hard as you can go, for a short amount of time, is going to get you the best results,” says McPherson. Sheri Bowyer says the time-saving aspect is what appealed to her. “I have very little time to workout. I work full-time, I have kids, I’m a wife, it helps me to be a better person and start the day in a positive way.” Adam Capehart says “I’ve personally lost 70 lbs since starting.” But for Capehart, McPherson and many of his clients, the change is more than physical. “I love my job, I love being here, I love making a difference in someone’s life. I love feeling like I’m encouraging them to be better, to live the best life they can. That’s the thing for me, be the best you can be.”