Fitness Resources

Month: May 2019

Mark Mayes, Owner

 Mark Mayes, ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologists®
Owner, Fitness Resources
A long-time veteran of the fitness industry, Mark Mayes began his career 30 years ago working for the Jack LaLanne health club in San Diego, California.

After moving back to Ohio, Mark earned a bachelor’s degree in physical education and adult fitness at The Ohio State University. As a competitive swimmer and triathlete, he went on to coach stroke mechanics for swimmers and triathletes.

He began working as an intern at the Central Ohio YMCA but quickly became a full-time staff member. When he decided to strike out on his own, Mark was serving as the physical director at the downtown YMCA. He launched Fitness Resources in 1991, and since then, he and his staff have offered personal training to individual clients and have managed fitness programs at private clubs, physician offices and corporate fitness centers. The demand for personal- and group-training programs fueled Fitness Resources’ growth, Fitness Resources went on to manage fitness programs in physician offices, corporate fitness centers and public gyms.

After helping develop Harrison Rec Center in April 2008, he opened a Fitness Resources location in the Harrison Park Condos Community Center in Harrison West, part of Columbus’ Short North area. His team also manages the condo association’s fitness center.

Mark is certified by the American College of Sports Medicine, the American Council of Exercise and the YMCA. He has received from the ACSM additional certification that focuses on exercise and older adults. Mark is also a certified practitioner of polarity therapy, a system that restores mind-body harmony through complementary therapeutic methods including bodywork techniques, guidance in polarity exercises and stretches, self-help techniques and energy balancing. He is certified by Schwinn to conduct spinning and RiPP classes.

Mark served as an advisory board member for The Wellness Forum Foundation and was a founding member of the International Fitness Institute. He has also been a member of the elite International Systematic TOUCH training team and is currently serving on the faculty of the World Instructor Training Schools. Mark currently serves on the advisory board of Heritage College.

Mark’s professional philosophy is to educate, motivate and provide direction to individuals of all ages to help them achieve their health and fitness goals. His areas of expertise are general fitness training, strength training, swimming, running and cycling programs.

His goal for his clients is that they develop the confidence and knowledge to take personal responsibility for their fitness regimens. Mark specializes in designing fitness programs tailored to a diverse clientele—from athletes and busy professionals to senior citizens—and their wide range of fitness experience and goals.

Other Information about Mark
• writes fitness columns for several employee newsletters and publications
• lectures on flexibility, strength training and the facets of operating a successful fitness company
• consults with large corporations on how best to encourage their employees to improve their health and fitness




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Jacob Newland

jacobJacob Newland
Personal Trainer
Jacob, a graduate of Heritage College, has a degree in Personal Fitness Training. The program at Heritage College focuses on aerobic fitness, strength training, preventative fitness, weight loss, basic diet, and nutrition. Jacob’s approach to training is based solidly on the American Council on Exercise (ACE) guidelines. To better help his clients achieve their goals, he plans to return to school and earn a bachelor’s degree focusing on health and fitness.

Jacob has worked with a diverse clientele ranging from college athletes to baby boomers. Jacob strongly believes that we all have the potential to be great; we just need to work against society’s temptations to get there; he tries to instill in all of his clients this drive “to be great.” An avid soccer player from an early age, Jacob has played on the South-East All-Star Team and continues to enjoy soccer in his spare time.

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Faster Meal Prep: 5 Kitchen Hacks to Master

Everybody has that friend who claims to be a meal prep master. They’ll batch cook all weekend and fill the fridge with colorful containers brimming with pre-cooked food. Then there’s the obligatory posting of pictures with all of the wholesome meals they’ve made ahead. But do you ever wonder, “Where do they get the time?!” or, “…that had to have taken all weekend!”

If you’d like to make it through the week without worrying what’s for dinner (but you don’t have all weekend to do so), here are five time-saving tips to give your meal prep process a makeover.

1. Write it Down

As Benjamin Franklin once said, “If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail.” If you want to succeed in making meals ahead of time, you need a plan—preferably in writing. If your kitchen prep steps start by opening a cabinet or sharpening a knife, switch it up and get in the habit of reaching for you notebook instead (or an app on your phone).

Map out ahead of time what your upcoming week looks like and exactly for which meals need prepping. Do you have plans to go out with a friend one night? Do you have a work lunch on the calendar? Chart on paper how many breakfast, lunch and dinner meals you will need for the upcoming week. And don’t forget to include snacks.

2. Set a Timer

A successful meal prep plan includes multiple steps, such as outlining the number of meals and snacks, researching the recipes, purchasing the ingredients and putting it all together in the kitchen. Even the best-designed meal prep plan can fall flat if you don’t allot adequate time to execute all of these actions.

Consider that most people use part of their weekend to meal prep for the upcoming week. You may not accomplish a whole week of meal prep if you don’t start until Sunday night. Set aside a chunk of time earlier in the weekend to select the recipes you want to prepare. Setting a time limit or timer for yourself to get this step finished can be incredibly helpful. Many a well-intentioned meal prepper has gone down the rabbit hole of online recipe research never to return to actually prepare those dishes.

3. Reuse Recipes

The easiest way to streamline meal prep is to reuse recipes or meal ideas that already work for you. If you’re trying to knock out dinner for the upcoming workweek, it may not be realistic to try five new recipes. Try limiting yourself to one or two new recipes and relying on old standbys that you know you like and will actually eat.

Keeping track of meal ideas can be tricky in an age where every recipe is readily available at our fingertips. Go old school and print the recipes you’ve tried, taking notes on what worked and ditching those that didn’t work. Save time by keeping your recipes in a folder organized by breakfast, side dishes, slow cooker mains, etc.

4. Call on Convenience Foods

Convenience foods can get a bad rap as being expensive or unnecessary. But there are some really innovative items at the grocery store that can save you time when you get back in the kitchen.

While you could peel and scoop and chop and roast a butternut squash, buying pre-cut bagged vegetables (such as butternut squash) can save you hours in the kitchen. Other shortcuts to check out in the produce section include tubes of fresh herbs and spices and pre-washed, chopped salad mixes and greens.

When it comes to the middle aisles, bottled marinades and sauces can be a meal prepper’s savior. Check out lower-sodium canned beans and spice packets that can make whipping up flavorful foods a snap.

5. Befriend Your Freezer

If you’re going to take the time to cook it once, you might as well make enough to eat it twice. Double your efforts by doubling your recipes and freeze the leftovers for future weeks. You can even pre-portion your larger batches into containers or baggies before popping your food in the freezer.

Put these time-saving tips to work and get your make-ahead meals made faster.

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Katie Ferraro


Katie Ferraro, MPH, RDN, CDE is a consultant dietitian and diabetes educator specializing in nutrition communications and family feeding. As a mom to 5 small children and creator of the popular blog The Fortified Family, Katie believes that good food fuels strong families. You can read more of her work at

Cherry Aubrey

Cherry Aubrey
Personal Trainer
Cherry, a graduate of Skidmore College, has a degree in Psychology and personal training certification through the American Council on Exercise. Cherry’s approach to training is focused on motivation and behavioral change. Cherry’s motto is Strong Mind, Strong Body and she incorporates a holistic approach to help you set and reach your goals. Her areas of expertise include general fitness training, strength training, yoga and basic fitness nutrition.