The Finish Line

Steve Lo Monaco

Steve Lo Monaco is a 10-year certified fitness professional with a passion for SPINNING.  A Schwinn Academy graduate, he has been teaching indoor cycling and fitness classes for Navy personnel and civilians.  Additionally versed in core conditioning, yoga and step,  Steve loves to introduce new people to a life of fitness and veterans fitness participants to the next level.

3 words to describe Steve’s classe
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Fun, Intense and Rewarding

If you are on a cardio machine before one of Steve’s classes, chances are he will encourage you to partake in SPINNING class.  A man of his word, he promises a motivating, self-paced workout and proclaims it the greatest way to keep in shape.

Born in Long Island, NY, Steve transferred to Italy with his family when he was 7.  Growing up in Italy with visits back “home” provided Steve with a taste for adventure.  As an adult, he has continued his passion in sales management with the Navy Exchange with duty stations to include Italy, Bahrain, Djibouti and Connecticut.  In his free time, Steve pursues fitness activities and travel. He loves trail runs, sprint triathlons and mountain biking.  Most recently, Steve was able to combine his two passions and traveled to Italy biking local trails for 30 days.

Enjoying the greatest way to stay in shape, Steve believes a good work out should make the couch feel that much better.

For the past three years, he has logged more miles on a bike than in the car! When not working or teaching classes at the gym, Steve is usually outdoors with his dog Jazz or spending time in his garden.

Meet Allison and Co.

Alison Duxbury, certified personal trainer, Lyme, Old Lyme, Salem, Hadlyme, Haddam CT
Allison is the owner and founder of FitFocused and has 20 years of experience. She has traveled all over the world picking up ideas along the way. Not only does she live and breathe fitness, but she also opens up the doors of her own home for classes and personal training sessions. Allison tailors all of her classes for all ages, shapes and fitness levels. She is passionate about what she does and believes with a little determination exercise can help you lose weight, increase bone mass, improve flexibility, combat stress, and realize your full potential.

Rod Duxbury, Spin certified instructor, Lyme CT
Rod

As an enthusiastic cyclist, Rod got spin certified in Stowe, Vermont, with popular Mad Dog/Johnny G. Spinning in 2008.  Rod has been teaching spin classes for FitFocused continuously since his certification. He believes in starting the day early.  As an ex-military Army Officer (British Army) Rod has always been involved in exercise and believes that whatever the class is, exercise is a key component of staying physically and mentally fit.  Rod has signed up for Lake Placid Ironman 2012 again (Finisher in 2009) and uses his two spin classes a week as an integral part of his wider training program.  Rod’s spin class caters for all levels and believes in his clients setting their own goals which can be individually managed.

One on One with Allison Duxbury


Allison is the owner and founder of FitFocused and has 20 years of experience. She has traveled all over the world picking up ideas along the way. Not only does she live and breathe fitness, but she also opens up the doors of her own home for classes and personal training sessions. Allison tailors all of her classes for all ages, shapes and fitness levels. She is passionate about what she does and believes with a little determination exercise can help you lose weight, increase bone mass, improve flexibility, combat stress, and realize your full potential.

Q:  Were you raised with an emphasis on fitness or is this something you discovered on your own?
A:  No, my family spent time outdoors, but not specifically exercise. I became really interested in exercise when I met my husband in 1986 . He introduced me to many outdoor activities, and from that point on exercise was an everyday element of my life. I then found myself participating with other like minded individuals who also wanted to exercise.

Q:  Do you raise your own kids with a strong emphasis on fitness?
A:  Definitely. This is one of our main family values. We believe it affects all aspects of our life. Wether it is skiing, rock climbing, running or biking we believe it keeps us physically and mentally healthy. Plus, it’s great family bonding.

Q:  When did you decide to start Fit Focused?
A:  During the 20 years spent traveling with my husband, I met many fitness business owners and realized that it was something I wanted to do because of the value that they were giving to their communities. Therefore, when my husband retired from the military, I had the opportunity to start my own business.

Q:  Where did you meet your husband?
A:  We were camp counselors in 1986 at a 4-h camp in Moodus Connecticut. He was the outdoor counselor who lived in a tent in the woods.

Q:  How does he influence your work?
A:  He encourages me, whether it is ironman training or just hiking around Newfoundland.

Q:  Why is Fit Focused special?
A:  Fit Focused is a small business embedded in a local community. As an individual with world experience across many fitness regimes and cultures, I feel FitFocused provides a creative and highly unique exercise experience.

Q:  What’s your favorite class to teach and why?
A:  My outdoor class at Gillette castle. I love to see the changing landscape each week and the eagles or deer that suddenly appear out of no where. It is very exhilarating no matter what the season and I like using nature  as my weight room!

Q:  What motivates you?
A:  The people in need of good health really motivate me. I love to help them physically and mentally.

Q:  What is one thing that everyone should change about their fitness routine?
A:  Always review your fitness goals on a 6 month basis. That way if it is not working you can change it. One year of commitment could equal weight loss, increasing bone density, running faster, jumping higher, or even walking without a cane. A close friend of mine became a half ironman in 6 months. That is how radical your goals can be!

Q:  What has been your proudest moment at Fit Focused?
A:  There are so many, but watching my youngest client get third place in the National Irish Dance Championships in Nashville and the face of my 76 year old client whom had not skied in years after he came down a blue run at Mount Snow are two of the most gratifying experiences.

Q:  Who are your heroes?
A:  In the days before FitFocused, a Military Physical fitness Instructor really encouraged me to start my own business. He gave me the confidence I needed to go for it.

Q:  Where exactly have you traveled?
A:  I lived in  England, Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Cyprus, Belize, Hong Kong, but also traveled to Macau, China, Nepal, Sweden, France, Germany, Australia, and Canada.

Q:  What did you take most from your travels that applies to Fit Focused?
A:  Experiencing different environments and working in arduous conditions with the British Army. I had to develop training programs that benefited every one from soldiers to families. Having to be resourceful in these environments allowed me to think out of the box when developing my classes. For example we were assigned to the outer Hebrides of Scotland where the environment did not lend itself itself to exercise unless you were an outdoor enthusiast. I was pregnant at the time and found a way to stay fit. I walked a 4 mile windswept beach in the rain and wind daily, but I still felt felt so much better when I came home.

Q:  A lot of people say they don’t have time to work out; how do you balance it all?
A:  Make your fitness as high of a priority in your life as a doctor’s appointment. There is no excuse not to.

Q:  If you could be anywhere in the world right now where would it be?
A:  On my snowboard, with the family, at the top of a nice long trail out West.

Q: What is your guilty pleasure?
A: Good Cheese and a glass of wine.

Q: What was the best decision you ever made?
A: Starting my own business.

Q: Which is worse, failing or never trying?
A: Never Trying. You’ll never know if you never try, and you’ll never live to know your full potential.

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