Anna Chippi, left, works with kettlebells as trainer Vic Selvaggi keeps as eye on her form in the Kinetics System room at Colosseum Gym in Columbia.

Anna Chippi, left, works with kettlebells as trainer Vic Selvaggi keeps as eye on her form in the Kinetics System room at Colosseum Gym in Columbia. (photo by Brian Krista / March 20, 2013)

Mobility, stability and agility are the targets inside the new Kinetics System room at Colosseum Gym in Columbia.

Everyone from power-lifters to post-rehab patients can work with trainers to reach their goals, according to trainer Vic Selvaggi.

Added in summer 2012 as part of a reconfiguration and expansion of the gym, the Kinetics System room houses specialized pneumatic equipment that trainers use to assess clients' abilities and form before developing a fitness regimen.

The goal is to imporve form and functional movement before moving on to weight training, or as Selvaggi puts it, "movement before muscles."


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The equipment, which is outfitted with software that measures the amount of force exerted by those using it, has a strong correlation to physical therapy -- serving for some as the next step after rehab and physical therapy.

However, the range of clients Selvaggi works with using the Kinetics System runs the gamut, from high school lacrosse players trying to improve their agility on the field to a 75-year-old woman who wants to be able to pick up her grandchildren.

"Everybody can benefit from this style of training," Selvaggi says, adding that Colosseum offers free assessments by appointment.

Colosseum Gym, 9159F Red Branch Road, Columbia. 410-740-2339, colosseumgym.com