Fitness Together – The ‘Neiman Marcus’ of fitness

(From left to right) Scott Baumann, co-owner/trainer, Denise Rodriguez, Linda Dann, TJ Sabalka, trainer, and Elisa Seda, trainer.

At Fitness Together, you won’t see photographs of the facility’s trainers or celebrities on the walls.

“Too old? Too many injuries? I am 72 with 2 total knee replacements, 2 carpal tunnel surgeries, 1 hernia repair, plus overweight. Fitness Together knows my weak spots and adapt. They keep me safe and active. I have much more energy than I had before starting with FT,” said client Linda Dann.

“It’s not about me or my trainers; it’s about our clients and the results we have helped them accomplish,” said co-owner and manager Scott Baumann, who opened Fitness Together seven years ago with partner and Miami native, Eddie Rodriguez.

“Our goal is not to train celebrities, but to make each and every one of our clients feel like a celebrity. This is an elite facility where the average mom or businessman can train privately with their own personal trainer to achieve their fitness goals and have a great time doing it.”

One of the most unique features about Fitness Together is that members work out under the direction of their own personal trainer in a fully equipped, private room. There are no crowds, no waiting for equipment and no need to feel embarrassed about just starting out.

“Not everyone feels comfortable working out in a crowded, big box gym where there’s a lot of chit chat, younger people and a social scene,” said Rodriguez. “Our clients want results, and they want an experienced and friendly trainer to help them.”

At Fitness Together, Rodriguez and Baumann take pride in offering members the ‘Neiman Marcus’ experience.

“It’s just like fashion, you can shop at TJ Maxx or you can shop at Neiman Marcus. We are the Neiman Marcus.”

“We hand our clients their water, get their towels and provide fresh fruit,” said Baumann. “I know each and every client by their first name. We even celebrate birthdays, as we cultivate a very family environment. It’s important that we take time to show our members how valuable they are to us, and that’s why they tend to stick around.”

Although Baumann and Rodriguez have managed to maintain an intimate, small business atmosphere, their locations in South Miami and Coconut Grove are only two of the company’s more than 400 facilities worldwide, making Fitness Together the largest private training organization in the world.

Along with focused workout programs, Fitness Together also provides “Nutrition Together.” In this program, specific nutrition and weight loss goals are set and certain lifestyle changes are put into place.

“One of the most common issues we see in our society is overeating. We can all significantly benefit from simply going to smaller portions,” said Baumann, who regularly visits local schools to talk with students and parents on the importance of fitness and good eating habits.

Last year, Fitness Together held the Resolution Makeover contest, which rewarded four lucky people with eight weeks of personal training and nutritional counseling. Chris was nominated by his wife, who was concerned that he was 30 pounds overweight and taking many medications. Chris has since become one of Fitness Together’s amazing success stories. After losing 30 pounds in just eight weeks, he has continued his training and is in the best shape of his life.

“We recently received a heartfelt phone call from his wife thanking us for ultimately helping Chris get off all of his blood pressure medications,” said Baumann. “I told her – that’s what we’re all about at Fitness Together – helping our clients make a positive life change.”

To see the Fitness Together’s success stories, visit For more information, email Scott Baumann at; call Fitness Together in South Miami, 305-665- 3694; or Fitness Together in Coconut Grove, 305-648-2202.

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