â€śHow much can you take and keep moving forward?â€ť That is the question Foundry Fitness owner Eric Pellicci asks his clients every day.
For the better part of a year, Pellicci has â€śwhipped butts back into shape,â€ť according to clients at his Main Street fitness and personal training center in Kentlands.
The Quince Orchard High School graduate has six years experience as a nationally certified personal trainer and has trained with some of the greats in the business including John Philbin, trainer to the Washington Nationals and the U.S. Olympic Bobsled team.
Pellicciâ€™s approach to his clients is quiet and mild-mannered (you wonâ€™t hear him barking in your ear), but his approach to fitness is intense and diverse.
â€śYouâ€™ll never have the same workout twice,â€ť he told a group of first-timers recently. â€śWe also track your progress: weight, BMI, Body fat percentage, skeletal muscle percentage and visceral fat levels.â€ť
The workouts Pellicci delivers tend to lean toward the unique, and adults can often find themselves circling the room doing very non-traditional group fitness moves such as â€śbear crawlsâ€ť or â€ścrab walks.â€ť Fully matted, the center is off limits to street sneakers, giving the bare -or stocking-footed clients a true sense of strength by minimalism. And, toggling between cardio and strength training, Pellicci said his workouts can burn as many as 1,100 calories per one-hour session.
Potomac resident Traci Weinstein attends Pellicciâ€™s classes three days a week. While she is a successful product of multiple boot camps over the years, she said Pellicciâ€™s classes are â€śthe best workout Iâ€™ve had.â€ť
Pelliccisaid he cares about his clients and their progress but notes he expects hard work. â€śYou need to be serious about your goals and canâ€™t be afraid to sweat,â€ť he said. â€śAnd if I donâ€™t hear from you in a week, you will get a call from me.â€ť
Lakelands resident Diana Schiripa likes the challenge but also the personal touch. â€śItâ€™s much better than a gym,â€ť she said. â€śItâ€™s a fun, supportive atmosphere.â€ť
Pellicci said he feels rewarded when his clients feel good, lose weight and gain self esteem. As a personal fan of sports including soccer, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and submission grappling (think wrestling), he believes in healthy living. â€śThere are those that say the real doctors are the trainers,â€ť he said.
Teaming up with Foundry DC BJJ owner Noel Danforth to share the Main Street space was the right opportunity at the right time, said Pellicci, who is a first-time business owner.
Pellicci expects to expand his Main Street business by early summer. To keep up with the growth of his client base, which in a year has jumped from three to 60, Pellicci also recently hired trainer Tungi Kelley, a six-year personal training veteran and former fitness manager at Bally Total Fitness, to help keep the momentum moving forward.
For Pellicci, personal training is much more than just a job; itâ€™s a connection with people.
â€śWhenever a client loses weight, is able to do something they could never do before or gets stronger, I get the same feeling as someone would if they were to win the game-winning shot,â€ť he said. â€śAnd I love every second of it.â€ť