Treesdale man helps others get fit
By Deborah Deasy
Published: Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014, 9:01 p.m.
At 72, former “Mr. Pittsburgh” Nick Majoris has an impressive list of clients for his custom workouts.
The list includes Bob Ford, golf pro at Oakmont Country Club; and Chief Judge Joy Conti of the U.S. District Court for western Pennsylvania.
“I'm not a personal trainer. I'm a wellness coach,” said Majoris, who plans to soon offer his expertise at Sports and Courts, a new indoor sports complex in Pine.
“My goal is to help others achieve total health,” said the 210-pound, 5-foot-8-inch Majoris, who grew as a skinny kid in Johnstown, Cambria County.
“I sent for a Charles Atlas muscle book. I wanted to get stronger,” Majoris said.
“I started following his procedure.
At age 18, Majoris bested 18 contestants in a body-building contest to become Mr. Pittsburgh in the 1960s.
“I was asked to go to Paris to be a model, but my parents said, ‘You're too young,'” Majoris said.
Majoris instead joined the Army, got an associate's degree in sports medicine from Kansas City University and eventually became area director of four European Health Spas before opening his own Lady Venus Spas in Hampton, Butler, Greensburg and Irwin.
He and wife, Barb, now live the Treesdale housing plan in Pine. They have two children and four grandchildren.
Along with a good diet and sleep, Majoris extols whole body vibration to boost one's circulation, fight inflammation and generally extend one's life.
That's why Glenn Foglio, owner of Sports and Courts, recently purchased a 20-inch-by-40-inch VibePlate vibrating platform for people to use at his facility.
“We're going to have a wellness program that incorporates Nick Majoris' fitness program, including the platform,” Foglio said. “It's just a low-impact, high-return fitness program.”
Majoris says that 10 minutes spent exercising on a VibePlate — the trademarked name of the vibrating platform made in Lincoln, Neb. — reaps the benefits of a one-hour workout.
“I feel that I get twice the workout in the same time,” said Dave Calvin, 50, of Pine, director of quality for StarKist. Calvin visits Majoris weekly for supervised workouts that incorporate use of the vibrating platform. Users of the plate include seven of the top 10 U.S. college football teams, plus, all the horses that won last year's Triple Crown races, according to Randy Wobig, owner and founder of VibePlate.
Another fan is Ford.
“If I play 18 holes of golf and just spend 20 minutes on the platform, I could go out and play another 18 (holes) and feel like I did on my first 18 (holes),” said Ford.
“Of all the trainers I've worked with, he has the best grasp of what I'm capable of, and I've had trainers who hurt me — all of us had,” said Ford, also golf pro at Seminole Golf Club in Juno Beach, Fla.
Deborah Deasy is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. She can be reached at 724-772-6369 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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