Owner of Elevation Performance Training gives his local picks.
Chris Collett jokes that he has lots of cool initials following his name on his business card. They’re all acronyms for the personal training, sports conditioning and youth specialty certifications Collett has amassed over his 10 years of training elite athletes at the college, high school and youth levels.
Collett, a basketball and track athlete growing up, delved into the competitive field of athletic training after seeing how well his friends responded to his advice.
“I realized how awesome it was to help other people reach their goals and improve their life,” he said.
After working as an independent contractor at area training facilities, Collett had gained such a following that he struck out on his own.
He opened Elevation Performance Training in a 3,500-square-foot space at 7970 Whipple Avenue NW in Jackson Township just over a year ago.
While Collett had a healthy client base to get the business started, word-of-mouth referrals and numerous new athletes have kept Elevation Performance busy. Collett has hired two additional trainers, Sarah Sliman and AJ Walker, to keep up with demand. Sliman is a certified health coach, and Walker is a semi-professional football player for the Summit Storm.
Elevation Performance offers a variety of programs that can be designed for a single athlete or an entire team whether their goal is obtaining a college scholarship, increasing their varsity playing time, losing weight or becoming stronger and faster. Collett also regularly uses his facility to raise money for local charities either by hosting specific events or designating an organization as Elevation’s charity for the month.
“Although many probably never heard of us because we are a new facility and we don’t do much marketing, we recently just won Best Fitness Center in The Repository ‘Best of the Best’ contest! That’s because our people are the best. I practically live here, and although many people would hate a place they spent this many hours at, I love it. Our highly educated and focused team, our amazing athletes and clientele keep this place constantly lifted.”
2. McKinley Monument
“I love this place. Anybody who enjoys a good workout loves this place. The historical significance, the countless structures that can be used to create challenging workout variations and the beautiful viewpoints make it a great experience for anybody and everybody.”
3. Pro Football Hall of Fame
“The history of so many great athletes and sporting events, the youth programs they help support, the positive effects on Stark County, you just can’t leave out the Hall of Fame when talking about the Hall of Fame city.”
4. Diaita Cold-Pressed Juice
“It’s a newer small business, but they are the first to bring cold-pressed juice to the area, and I love them for that. I love eating healthy, especially when it tastes so good, and I love supporting fellow small businesses.”
5. Skymax Trampoline Arena
“They brought the first trampoline park to Stark County and created some jobs in the process, not to mention they have an awesome exercise class there called Skyfit (powered by Elevation Performance’s staff). The place is a blast, and they keep progressing by continuously adding new and unique attractions to keep people coming back.”