Watts Up at BodyWatts

By Sandra Zunino

Treating the mind, body and spirit is the concept behind fitness at BodyWatts Lifestyle Studio in Easton. “We are focused on wellness and the whole body,” says owner Lorri Wilson-Clarke. “A lot of fitness starts in your mind, not your abdominals or your biceps.”

Lorri started the business in June of 2003 in a smaller facility, but in 2008 moved it to its current location in the Easton Shopping Plaza on Marlborough Road to expand the facility and provide more services for its members.

From the beginning, she knew she wanted to create an atmosphere catering specifically to female clientele and has been building on that premise ever since. “Women are social minded and like having a community of other women and members,” says Lorri who recognized that women often feel intimidated in a co-ed gym.

Therefore, the gym is only open to female membership; however, men are able to attend classes. In fact, Lorri, who is a certified Pilate’s instructor, has a few male clients who train with her for private appointments.

“We have a Pilates studio that has five reformers and a Cadillac, chairs and the barrel,” says Lorri, “all of the apparatus Joseph Pilates created in the 20s.” Pilates, the fastest growing exercise method in the United States, helps with posture, flexibility, toning, strength, circulation and stress relief.

In addition to the Pilates studio, BodyWatts has a Yoga studio for both private and group sessions catering to beginner and intermediate levels. BodyWatts also offers massage, reflexology, hypnotherapy and Reiki. An on-staff Maryland licensed dietician leads a weight-watching group and is available for individual weight loss and nutritional consultations.

One need not be a member to benefit from the classes, workshops and special events at BodyWatts, although members get free trials, preferred class rates and can participate in a free monthly workshop. “I want my members to feel like they can experience something outside their comfort zone,” says Lorri. “Exercise is great, but there are all these other services we want to bring in to make the whole body healthier – mind and soul.”

Competitively priced memberships include an initial fitness assessment evaluating the member’s weight, body fat, strength and fitness goals, teach the member how to use the equipment and create an exercise plan. “We can also customize the membership to fit the client’s needs,” says Lorri. “We can provide any level of fitness.”

BodyWatts hydraulic equipment includes fat-burning circuits, as well as strength and toning circuits. The cardio vascular training area includes state-of-the art ellipticals, water driven upper and lower body ergometers, treadmills and recumbent bikes.

On Friends and Family day every Sunday, members are welcome to bring both male and female guests free of charge to use the gym, negating excuses from members who opt out of exercise to be with significant others. “People want to be with their families on Sundays,” Lorri acknowledges. “I want to see the gym used.”

Lorri is currently working on creating a program specifically for women’s health issues such as exercising with breast cancer before and after surgery. “So many of our members are touched by breast cancer,” she says. “There are women in different stages of breast cancer who are scared to exercise and it would be great to have a support system here.”

For more information, visit bodywatts.com or call 410-770-5077 for a consultation.