Body Weight Training for Women: Gravity

Interview with Tom Campanaro, Founder of Total Gym and the Gravity workout.

  • What is body weight training?
  • How is it different from “regular” weight training?
  • What are its advantages and benefits, especially for women?
  • How does this all relate to Total Gym, Chuck Norris, Christie Brinkley, the Gravity program, and Tom Campanaro?

Tom Campanaro is President and CEO of Total Gym headquartered in San Diego. He is also the creator of the infamous Total Gym incline body weight trainer as seen on TV with Chuck Norris and Christie Brinkley, and used in 14,000 physical therapy clinics, athletic training facilities, professional sports teams and health clubs worldwide. Tom is considered a fitness industry veteran having started Total Gym 37 years ago. Today, he sits at the helm of the world’s leading manufacturer of functional and body weight training equipment for home consumers, fitness professionals, athletic trainers and rehabilitation specialists.

Tom takes us on a journey that starts in the 1800s, visits 1974 for some fun, then goes ultra high tech in 2011. Listeners will gain a better understanding of the forces at work when you work out, how to train safely and productively when injured or limited by joint issues (ahem – baby boomers!), and what a body weight or gravity based incline apparatus can do for YOU!

We did the Power Tower and Gravity workout at the recent IHRSA convention and had a ball! We did not get kicked out of class either.

We encourage you to check out or call Total Gym and Tom at 800-541-4900. Tom even invites anyone visiting San Diego to stop by, say hello, and try out his Power Tower. We did and had a blast! You can see blackmail quality photos on our Facebook fan page:

About Kymberly Williams-Evans and Alexandra Williams

Identical twins and fitness pros Kymberly Williams-Evans, MA and Alexandra Williams, MAhave been in the fitness industry since the first aerobics studio opened–with them–on the European continent back when leg warmers and thong leotards were the rage. Their fitness experience spans 3 decades on land, sea, and airwaves.

Kymberly has taught fitness on 4 continents in 4 languages for 30 years to more than 10,000 exercisers. She is former faculty at University California Santa Barbara (UCSB) in the Department of Exercise & Sport Studies. IDEA, the International Association for Health and Fitness Professionals tapped her to serve as the inaugural editor for Fitness Edge, a publication devoted solely to group exercise leaders. Finally she knew enough people in the exercise world that she became a three-time nominee and finalist for IDEA’s Program Director of the Year award.

Kymberly also worked the mind attaining a Master’s Degree in English. Her true specialty was conducting business writing seminars and helping professionals communicate more effectively in the business world. From hosting an international fitness TV program to serving as grammar expert on a live show, Kymberly has led, moved and grooved with energy and good grammar for all.

Alexandra has been teaching, presenting and writing about fitness for over 25 years (since she was 7 and 1/2)! Currently on staff in the Exercise Studies Department at UCSB, she is also a contributing editor and writer for IDEA Health and Fitness Association’s many publications. As an international presenter, Alexandra enjoyed her honeymoon in Venezuela after judging their national fitness championships.

Alexandra has her advanced degree in counseling, which qualifies her to ask nosy questions of her two teens. Combining her love of words and the microphone, she has also had a successful run as a radio presenter, emcee and comedian. She loves to work, so she also writes for her blog and is a frequent guest contributor to a variety of blogs about business and health.

Kymberly and Alexandra are also the Hosts of Fun and Fit on WomensRadio. Fun and Fit offers answers to audiences’ fitness questions, shares Fun Fit Facts, faces Freak Out Fit Facts head on and helps listeners cut through the hype and fat to reach their fitness goals. Learn, laugh and live it up on your road to health and fitness!