KENNEBUNK — Daryl Conant has long envisioned a training center for local athletes and after 13 years in Kennebunk, he's expanding the Fitness Nut House to do just that.
In the coming weeks, Conant will open Daryl Conant's 3D Sports Conditioning in space located next to his current facility. A soft opening is planned in the coming weeks with a grand opening in February.
For children ages 8 through adult, the sports conditioning program focuses on providing well-rounded physical conditioning to enable athletes to perform at their greatest abilities, Conant said. Athletes will receive custom sports training programs, cutting-edge techniques, and in addition to the sports aspect will develop character, values, and self-esteem through the program.
"I decided to put together a whole program that allows me to use my expertise in the field to help the community and help the kids," Conant said. "It's not just fitness. It teaches respect, how to treat each other, values. It's a team atmosphere."
Conant, who has worked in the fitness industry for 26 years, says this is a piece of his business he's pictured expanding since working as a strength coach with the Olympic Committee in the mid-1990s. What started with a personal training facility has blossomed into a gym offering group fitness, adult training, and more.
"I saw the need here for this type of a system," Conant said. "As I started to build the business up, we started building this great energy of community."
The importance of improving health and fitness for local residents and visitors is a trend Conant has seen increase since opening the Fitness Nut House. It's a goal that has fit well with the philosophy of the Fitness Nut House. Conant said his intent was never to open a gym and be an absentee owner, but instead to be involved in teaching techniques to clients and guiding them toward a lifestyle change.
"I've really seen a lot of people become more health conscious," he said. "I feel like there's a purpose for me here."
The sports conditioning program, which Conant began growing three years ago, has fit within that purpose. He started working with local high school students, Conant said, and now the program has outgrown the confines of the Fitness Nut House's current space.
There are currently age groups for older and younger participants, Conant said, with classes held twice a week. He expects those offerings to grow with the expanded space, which will triple the sports conditioning class space to 6,700 square feet, including a 2,400-square-foot Astroturf field.
"It's going to look like a mini football field," Conant said. "But it's really designed for conditioning for all the sports, during the season, post-season, and off-season. It allows the kids a place where they can come and condition their sport and their skills."
Thor Nilsen, RSU 21 athletic administrator, said an athletic trainer works with students on rehabilitation, conditioning and other important steps between the fall and spring season for three days a week.
While the athletic program doesn't partner with a particular local business to expand this sports conditioning, Nilsen said it's certainly of benefit to students.
"We don't necessarily work with businesses as a partnership for the reason primarily that these businesses are for profit and we would not want to favor one over the other nor would we want to be viewed as promoting the business aspect," Nilsen said. "Having said that, we absolutely welcome their expertise. I do know some of our students utilize outside centers and they absolutely benefit, and some benefit more by going that route than by using what we have here, but certainly that's their choice."
The sports conditioning program can keep athletes active in between seasons, Conant said, while providing the techniques that will allow them to play better and safer.
"It's like having a strength and conditioning coach by their side at all times," he said. "Hopefully they're just going to play better and have more fun in the field."
For information on Daryl Conant's 3D Sports Conditioning, visit www.thefitnessnut.com or call 985-7727
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