About Empowered Fitness Training

A Message from Jeff P. Wood, founder of Empowered Fitness Training
"I Lost 125lbs. Since then I've used my success, experience, knowledge, skills and abilities to help people just like you achieve their health and fitness goals. Whether you're generally healthy, an athlete, or have medical considerations, I can help you, too!"
- Jeff P. Wood

About Empowered Fitness Training
Empowered Fitness Training is a personal fitness training facility in Ellensburg owned by Health Fitness Complete, LLC. Our personal fitness training programs are custom-designed and tailored to your needs. Our Burst Workouts, including our Metabolic Resistance Training, Cardio Intervals, and Surf's Up! Fitness are quick to deliver results and are certain to shake up your workout! With our unique approach we're changing the way fitness is done in Ellensburg!

Mission Statement
We're changing the way fitness is done in Ellensburg by providing superior fitness training services using modern training methods based on the foundations of human movement.

Our Core Values

At Empowered Fitness Training our core values define who we are, how we behave and run our business, and set the standard for all who enter our facility. At Empowered Fitness Training, we aspire to be:

  • Extraordinary; we bring our very best every time.
  • Ethical; we are honest, humble, and transparent.
  • Excited; there are only good days and great days!
  • Encouraging; there is no "I" in team.
  • Eager; we strive for more knowledge and constant improvement.
  • Enjoyable; we always have fun and a sense of humor.
  • Enterprising; we are resourceful and creative.
  • Enlightened; we treat everyone with respect.
  • Effective; we strive for profitability for everyone.
  • Excellent; we exceed expectations and lead the way.

Our Training Philosophy

Our training philosophy is goverened by these four basic principles:

1. Train the Body Standing Up
Take a look around you when you go to the gym. You'll see a lot of machines with seats, supports, or benches. Sitting while you exercise takes away any opportunity you have to train postural muscles and other musculature. If you train while standing you are forcing yourself to control and strengthen your stabilizing musculature by maintaining active core engagement and postural alignment. This leads to better posture, more calories burned, and a more effective workout! At Empowered Fitness Training, you'll notice there aren't a lot of places to sit. This is on purpose; the benefits of standing and moving while you train are far greater than sitting down on a boring, isolative machine. 

2. Perform Full Body, Integrated, Multi-Joint Exercises
Many current exercise programs can trace their roots back to isolative, bodybuilding techniques and strategies. While this approach may have aesthetic appeal, particularly for men, it is important to understand the limitations of this style of training. Isolated exercises are small, single joint movements that produce limited neuromuscular gains and are inefficient for achieving any other goal besides bulking up. By performing full-body, integrated, or multi-joint exercises lean muscle increases in a proportionate, balanced manner, reducing the risk of injury and improving performance. These types of exercises are big movements using multiple joints, often working in multiple planes of motion, that require much more coordination. This technique improves the nervous system's ability to effectively coordinate higher level movements and develops efficient motor patterns, improved stability and functional, lean muscle.

3. Train Movements, Not Muscles
The usual approach to developing a weight training program has been to separate the body into major muscle groups and train them individually. This approach is easy to swallow and is excellent for bodybuilders, but life and sport require much more of our bodies than standing still and flexing our muscles in front of a mirror. The human body produces movement and will make every attempt to use as many muscles as it can synergistically to generate the movement in an efficient, effective manner. Life requires that we move freely through space and not within the confines of a chest-press (or any other) machine or any other restrictive movement pattern. Traditional bodybuilding exercises contradict the nature of how our bodies are designed to move. 

Most typical strength training programs favor movement in the sagittal plane (back and forth movements. Examples: running, arm curls) far too much. This is an error in exercise program design that produces one-dimensional motor patterns without equal ability to move in any direction. This could lead to joint dysfunction, decreased range of motion, and increased risk of injury. If not properly designed, a muscle-based program can lead to strength imbalances as well as poor neuromuscular development and movement deficiencies in the other, untrained planes of motion. 

At Empowered Fitness Training we take a balanced approach to exercise programming so that you can take the training and skills you acquire here and apply them to the real world. We start each client with a functional movement screen and then we design our programs based on movement. Small, isolative exercises aren't typically used except to supplement the exercise program for a very specific purpose (e.g. to correct an imbalance). When you train with Empowered Fitness Training, you're sure to have an exercise program that is specifically and professionally designed just for you.

4. Maximize Core Function
The core is the foundation for human movement, so a strong, developed core is the cornerstone of all powerful and efficient movement. Engaging the core means so much more than just contracting your abdominal muscles in a crunch or sit-up. Involvement of the core musculature in stabilizing the spine and resisting extension and rotation is just as important as the ability to generate movement. The core stabilizes, enables force production, and is a prime mover for many exercises. At Empowered Fitness Training we structure our exercise programs in such a way that not only are you getting a leg or an arm workout but you're also getting a core workout. We believe a strong, developed core is the foundation of a strong, lean, healthy body and that developing the core will help enable you to achieve the results you want in a safe, effective manner.