Barbel Fitness offers inclusive, accessible and quality personal training programs for every skill level in an approachable community atmosphere that promotes overall wellness. Our group training sessions is kept small to allow for all participants to receive equal attention which assures proper form and guarantees maximum benefit. Our personal training sessions are for those seeking one-on-one attention which helps clients achieve more specific fitness goals. Our health coaching program is for people looking for facts about nutrition, how to fuel their body for performance, helpful habits, safe meal preparation, navigating the grocery store, and more.

 

We offer a selection of customizable plans to remove barriers that might get in the way of your fitness goals. Exercises are presented at multiple levels which allows clients to work at their own pace and choose what is right for them. Whether you are looking to lose weight and keep it off, see more muscle definition, have more energy, fuel your workouts or sport, feel more confident, put an end to dieting or finally find the workouts that you look forward to doing each day, we have the program for you!

Our programs are especially tailored for women, seniors, athletes, and children ages 8 and up. We are committed to an adaptive and inclusive approach to providing training for people with mental, physical, and cognitive challenges such as Down syndrome, autism, ADHD, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, rare genetic conditions, and many more conditions. We also provide pre-natal and post-natal fitness programs to support women in every stage of motherhood and post-rehab fitness training as a "next step" for patients leaving physical therapy. 

All of our trainers track individual client progress by choosing fitness assessments that are relevant to their goals. Assessments are key to designing a program tailored for you and revising your program when needed. Clients are then re-assessed 8-12 weeks from their initial session to measure their progress. 

Barbel Fitness believes that personal training should not be exclusive. We make our program accessible to as many people as possible. Our programs have working people in mind who want to work with a trainer but are afraid they don't have the time for it. Pay for and schedule your sessions using our self-serve website or book a 15-minute consultation where we'll get you set up with everything you need to get started. Our sessions are also held via Zoom or Discord so you can train with us anywhere in the world on your terms. 

Our Story

Barbel Fitness was founded on August 22nd, 1990 where we began inside an independently owned gym in Waterbury, CT offering personal training to kids, seniors, and working people. Each program we designed was created to serve clients that demanded their training enhance their lifestyle and provide the tools needed to stay strong and fit at every stage in life. 

 

We are now located in Middlebury, CT inside the Score Wellness Center and have expanded to serving clients all over the world through our online training platform. Our trainers are fitness program design experts who committed to continued education in order to stay up to date with the latest in exercise science, being the best in fitness and working full-time to achieve your goals.

  • Personal training

  • Health coaching

  • Athletic training

  • Adaptive fitness training

  • Post-rehab fitness training

  • Cardiovascular programming

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Disclaimer: Please make sure that you have checked with your medical doctor and are safe to participate in physical activity before attempting any exercise. The statements made on this website have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not meant to diagnose, treat or cure any disease. For specific health concerns, always consult with your medical team.

*All trainers are up to date with their COVID-19 vaccinations.

Our Founder's Story

“There was a time when I didn’t think I needed to exercise, nor did I want to. Actually, I hated it. That’s right. And I could have cared less about eating breakfast or lunch.

A cup of joe with a lot of cream and one of those chocolate donuts made my day in the morning. I was a fast paced, cool New Yorker, back in the 1980’s, riding that LIRR to Penn Station, hopping that subway in my stilettos down to Wall Street. I loved my occasional lunch with my colleagues, and long, wine filled dinners with clients. I did not pay much attention to my health, until it started to fail. I was living at a time where the thinner you were, the more successful you were perceived. And let me tell you, I must have been perceived as extremely successful,because I was painfully thin. I ignored the headaches, the chronic fatigue and the frequent illnesses. Here I was helping people invest in their future and my future was looking very bleak at the moment.

I knew I needed to change and start investing in my health or I was going to have nothing to draw from later in life.

I think what makes me a good fitness professional, is that I have made all the those wrong choices and can relate with my clients when they speak about their own lives. There is no judgment, no arrogance. We are all on this road together.

So, by accident, I picked up a copy of Muscle Fitness and started reading the workout routines. I bought some free weights and started working out. From the first day of working with free weights, I couldn’t get enough. I had to learn more about this sport of bodybuilding, so I moved to California and started my journey in Gold’s Gym in Santa Monic. I soon went into competition and found myself in the very same magazines that I so cherished as a novice.

My life changed again, when a young woman asked me to teach her. It never occurred to me that I could help others with what I knew. So the student became a teacher and I kissed competition goodbye, as I found great joy and satisfaction in sharing my knowledge and watching my clients change their health, bodies and lives for the better.

It wasn’t easy. Nothing worthwhile really is. If the desire for change is strong, the way will be made clear. Now, after 50 years of investing in my health, I can definitely tell you it has paid off, and then some!”

- Barbie