April 26, 2010 // Franchising.com // Washington, DC – Brian Kolb, personal trainer at Fitness Together Scott Circle, participated in the American Lung Association's Fight for Air Climb in Chicago, IL on Sunday, March 28th.
"While numerous stair climbs for the American Lung Association are held throughout the United States, Brian elected to travel to the Chicago climb because there wasn't an event in the DC area," said Matt McKinnis, owner of the Fitness Together studio where Kolb is a trainer. "Not only did Brian want to support the American Lung Association, he also wanted to visit Chicago for the first time."
Kolb ran up the 2,340 steps in the Presidential Towers residence (4 separate towers) in 21 minutes and 20 seconds, making him the 4th in his age bracket and the 15th out of 700 participants. Additionally, he was the top fundraiser in the Chicago area bringing in $11,135 in donations.
For a four-month period prior to the event Brian rigorously trained by doing calisthenics and stair climbs. Often he would spend up to 60 minutes at a time running the stairs in the 8-story building where Fitness Together is located on the main floor.
"This is the best aerobic shape I have ever been in. Everyone should embrace the staircase and try not to rely on elevators and escalators to get around. You'll feel more energetic and increase your endurance, stamina, and lung health. Also, your legs and glutes will get a fantastic workout and who wouldn't want that?" said Kolb.
Due to his outstanding fund-raising and his excellent run time in Chicago, Brian aspires to secure a spot next year in the Empire State Building Run-Up in New York City, which is an invitation only event.
Fitness Together Scott Circle is located at 1112 16th Street NW, Washington, DC 20036.
Established in 1983 in response to the growing demand for personal fitness training, Fitness Together offers the latest in one-on-one personal training. Based in Highlands Ranch, Colo., Fitness Together is part of Fitness Together Holdings, Inc., one of the world's largest wellness organizations. Fitness Together began franchising in 1996 and has sold franchised locations throughout the United States, Costa Rica, Israel, Ireland, Canada and Brazil.