Lewis Bowling: Maitland’s Method keeping Durham fit

Apr. 24, 2013 @ 03:04 PM

If you want a nice afternoon of fitness and healthy living, here is an idea. Go walk the loop around the beautiful Duke East Campus, then walk across the street to Whole Foods for some good, nutritious food. Then after your food has digested, walk just down the street to 719 Broad St., where you will find the brand new Maitland’s Method Personal Training. Inside this new facility you can get some of the best exercise anywhere in Durham.
Maitland’s Method is in a new facility, as I mentioned, but trust me, the man who runs this place is not new to training or new to Durham. Maitland Nance is now 74 years of age, although you absolutely would not believe that if you saw him. The man has no body fat, his muscles are chiseled, he has a full head of hair (making me envious), and he has a bounce in his step. If you go by Maitland’s Method – and I really would recommend you do so – be careful before shaking Maitland’s or one of his trainers’ hands. Now I’m all for firm handshakes to let a person know you are happy to meet them, but a handshake from one of the big boys that work at Maitland’s will take firm to another level. If a man with shoulders the size of huge boulders comes toward you with his hand extended, you’d best either run or brace yourself, because the arm that hand will be attached to might be the reigning Mr. North Carolina, Gerald Bo Allen. Bo is a very friendly fellow, but he doesn’t know his own strength and his handshakes are more like having your hand squeezed by a vice-grip. But as Maitland Nance shakes your hand, his big smile will welcome you and you will be with a man who has as much experience in the personal training business as anybody I know, and also as much know-how as anybody around.
Maitland’s Method will celebrate its grand re-opening at its new location on Saturday from 4 to 5 p.m. Durham Mayor Bill Bell has declared April 27 Fit Durham Day, and will be present at the grand re-opening. I call it a re-opening because Maitland’s Method has been in business in Durham for many years at its previous location on Ninth Street. So he is just moving to a facility that offers more space, which is needed because of the many clients who want his services. His new location has two floors, offering more space for personal training with barbells, dumbbells, and weight machines. Cycling, aerobics, Yoga, Pilates and Gyrotonics will be offered, along with other programs.
But the main thing you can get in Maitland’s Method is good, solid exercise training with a personal touch. If you have read my column over the past few years, you know I don’t go around recommending people easily, because, quite frankly, there are people in the personal training and fitness business who don’t know their buttocks from their gluteus. One person I feel more than comfortable sending someone to is Maitland Nance. His client list over the years includes big names, people who have gone on to much success and fame, who have big bodybuilding titles, but I think he actually is better working with people who don’t have a lot of experience, who may be a few pounds overweight, who lack a little self-confidence, who are looking for a person who will take a genuine interest in improving their lives. This may sound like a cliché, I know, but Maitland “cares” about his clients. He will get right out there with you on the exercise floor, right beside you, offering advice and encouragement. With Maitland training you, (or one of his well qualified trainers), you will want to complete that last rep, or do one more set, or add a few pounds to the barbell, or add a few minutes to your cardio routine. But one thing that will be emphasized, for sure, is using good technique. There will not be a lot of “cheating” while training at Maitland’s, or lifting so fast that your muscles will not work hard.
Don’t just take it from me. Here are a couple of recent comments from people who are now working with Maitland. Wanda Johnson said, “I have been training with Maitland for three years. Thanks to his guidance, I am in better shape than I was in my twenties!”
De’si’ree T. Palmer said, “I have been training with Maitland for over five years. This is the best condition I have ever been in … in my life!”
By the way, Maitland will not only train you, but also he spends a big part of his day training himself. Maitland is the holder of the Past 70 Master’s Universe Body Building title, along with many other awards he has won over the years. In fact, if you want to see some of the most stunning fitness trophies you’ll ever see, go by Maitland’s and look around the front entrance area. There are dozens of huge, beautiful trophies on display, won by Maitland and his clients.
But I stress this again; if you are someone who is just looking to get in shape, get back in shape, lose a few, gain a few, feel better, look better, drop a dress size or two, this just might be the place you have been looking for.
Durham is becoming the place to be, and we should be excited about Fit Durham Day on April 27. One of the people who has helped to make Durham a fun and fit place to live and work is Maitland Nance, and he will continue to do this at his new place at 719 Broad St. Come by on April 27 and help to celebrate Fit Durham Day and meet Maitland and his fine staff and tour the building. You will have a good time and you just might get hooked on exercise after talking with this man who truly deserves a new award: Trainer To Durham.
Lewis Bowling teaches at N.C. Central University and Duke University. He is the author of several books on fitness and sports. His website is www.lewisbowling.com. He can be reached at 919-530-6224 and at Lewis_Bowling@yahoo.com.