We are BEYOND excited to welcome Xander Karris to Wilcox Wellness & Fitness for his summer fellowship through the Innovate for Maine Program. Xander is our 4th Innovate for Maine Fellow and we are so excited to be working with him to help make more of an impact in the communities that we support. Xander brings with him excitement and enthusiasm for problem solving and is currently pursuing a degree in social/abnormal psychology with minors in business administration and innovation engineering.
Hi, my name is Alexander Karris, but you can call me Xander (pronounced like ‘Zander’). I’m an Innovate for Maine fellow and was lucky enough to have been paired with Wilcox Wellness & Fitness for my summer fellowship. During my time here, I’ll be helping expand our marketing strategy, and developing and innovating our franchise program.
I’m currently a senior at the University of Maine, in Orono, where I’m pursuing a degree in social/abnormal psychology with minors in business administration and innovation engineering. I also have an honors concentration, which will allow me to conduct primary research on social media use in college students for my thesis the next two semesters.
Wherever my future takes me, I want to help people solve their problems. As an innovator, it's directed towards whomever is benefitting from the product or service I'm creating or helping to create. As a psychologist, it's by identifying faulty cognitions or maladaptive behaviors, and helping to create solutions to increase people’s well-being and life satisfaction. No matter the project or person, I love helping others reach their goals.
You’ll find me greeting you with a smile at the front desk, or walking around the facility, recording all of the hard work you’ll be putting in with our dedicated trainers. I hope to see you soon!
We are so proud to be the winner of the Best Fitness Facility in Bangor, Maine for 2 years running – but really ‘winning’ for us means:
We don’t always get it right, but we are constantly working on getting better. So – tell us, what can we do to serve you better?
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We are BEYOND excited to welcome Adam Allen to our trainer team. Adam brings with him nearly 10 years of experience in the health and fitness industry and is super passionate about helping people live their very best lives. We can already feel that Adam is going to be a great fit for our community.
Hi, my name is Adam Allen and I am an ACSM certified personal trainer with nearly 10 years experience in fitness starting back when I was a physical training leader in the United States Air Force. After serving active duty in special operations I went back to school earning my Degree in Exercise Science with a concentration in fitness and wellness from Salem State University.
Being a personal trainer has been without a doubt one of the most rewarding experiences of my life. Not only have I helped many people succeed in losing the weight and feeling better, but more importantly, the personal growth and self-confidence that comes with being more fit has been what’s truly not only changed the life of those I’ve trained, but for me as well.
Delivering results and helping people to feel better about themselves and their workouts is what I love to do. I hope to make working out as fun and stress free experience as possible. Specializing in strength training, functional training, sport specific training, core exercise, and circuit training, I am an advocate of keeping people moving, getting their heart rates up, and increasing muscular strength. Remember, there is certainly truth to the saying that there is no elevator to success, only stairs.
I look forward to meeting you and continuing the tradition of making healthier lifestyles. I truly love what I do and I am very excited to be a part of the WILCOX team!
Wilcox Wellness & Fitness
WILCOX Brunswick has launched their new training program with Training for a Cause - free group training sessions (with a donation to MidCoast Humane). Through this process, they have raised over $700 to support the organization.
CONGRATULATIONS Allison, Paul, and Tennyson on making such a great impact so early in your local community.
Click here to learn more about Training for a Cause in Brunswick, Maine.
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We had such a blast talking on Good Morning Maine about our new Wilcox Wellness & Fitness Location! Wilcox Wellness & Fitness will be opening in Brunswick, Maine in January 2019. The local business owner is Allison Hopkins and she is beyond excited to make an incredible impact in her local community.
Our big vision is to empower entrepreneurs to positively impact their communities through healthy living. We believe in the ripple effect that is created when people commit to healthy living. When people commit to healthy living, they have the confidence to pursue the things that make them happy. They have the ability to ENJOY the activities that make them HAPPY again. Like playing with their kids, or hiking, or biking, or just getting up a flight of stairs without getting winded. The confidence that comes from committing to healthy living transforms people’s lives. They carry themselves differently. They have the confidence to do more meaningful work. They have the confidence to pursue the things that sets their soul on fire. This is what we are in it for. WE love what we do. The work is so rewarding. We get to see these beautiful transformations happen on a daily basis. We are beyond excited for Allison to have this positive impact in the Brunswick community.
If you are interested in learning more about our progress in the Brunswick location, be sure to get on our mailing list here:
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We believe that Healthy Living has the capability to transform your life. The confidence that is gained through taking care of your body, mind, and spirit builds leverage in all aspects of a person’s being. Our mission at Wilcox Wellness & Fitness is to inspire people to enhance their life by forming healthy habits that can be sustained for a lifetime and through that we make the world a better place.
However, we understand that not everyone can afford our services. We are excited to announce that we have partnered with a generous donor who has offered to sponsor 2 new clients who wouldn’t otherwise be able to afford our services with 3 group training sessions per week for an entire year.
If you know anyone that might be interested in this life transformative opportunity please forward this message along to them. We are excited to spread the word and help 2 individuals transform their lives through healthy living.
Paige & Mike Wilcox
Wilcox Wellness & Fitness
Scholarship Program Details
Healthy living has the capability to transform your life. We are offering an opportunity for two individuals who otherwise wouldn’t have the resources to join this type of training program free of charge through this Scholarship Program.
Wilcox Wellness and Fitness is generally geared to working adults ages 30-60, however we are open to working with any adult willing to commit healthy living to transform their lives. The scholarship application is available to adults who agree to meet program requirements but would not be able to enroll without financial support.
Program requirements if selected:
To apply, send a 1-2 page essay explaining how committing to healthy living would transform your life and why you would be a good candidate for this scholarship. If possible, include an example of a time that you had to stretch your limits to meet a goal you had set for yourself.
For more information and to apply visit:
We are looking forward to helping you transform your life.
You may notice our clients check into Wilcox Wellness & Fitness on the regular. They don’t do it just to let everyone know they were here, they do it because every time they check in, we donate money to support Sarah’s House.
We are so proud to support this great organization. Sarah’s House of Maine is a place of hope and healing for people receiving cancer treatments. They have saved patients over 550,000 miles of travel to and from treatments in just 3 and a half years.
To date, we have donated just over $500. We are looking to grow this program and donate at least $100 on a monthly basis.
Thanks to all of our clients for your check ins and thank you to Sarah’s House for the great work that you do. ❤️
Read more on our check ins for charity program here:
2017 was a great year - here is our year in review!
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Here's to 2018!
So this is it - we are getting so excited to welcome our new baby girl into the world. I will be taking the next 12 weeks off to take in all of the baby snuggles and new LOVE that this little bundle will be bringing to our family.
I will be leaving you in the very capable and caring hands of my husband, Mike Wilcox - who is also my business partner and best friend. Mike will be bringing you an awesome series over the next 12 weeks focused on getting your body in top physical shape.
He will be sharing with you techniques to help relieve pain, workouts that you can do at home, and new techniques for feeling your absolute best.
We hope you enjoy it and we hope you continue to enjoy this blog.
I am looking forward catching up with you all again in April!
This past weekend we hosted our 3rd annual Burpees for Turkeys event to help raise money to end food insecurity in Maine.
Maine ranks 7th in the nation in terms of food insecurity. 1 in 5 children in Maine live with food insecurity meaning they lack the nutritious foods to live a healthy lifestyle.
As a mother, this is devastating to me. I can not imagine not having the resources to feed my child. And yes - I am that mother that carries snacks everywhere and my 3 year old knows how to hit me in the super soft spot.
If he wants to delay the bedtime routine - he can say in a little voice with big eyes “but I am hungry.” I know that he is playing me but it turns me inside out every single time.
Every. Single. Time.
For a lot of families in our state, mothers are making the decision to keep the heat on or to feed their families. That must be an incredible struggle. Knowing that your child is truly hungry (not playing you) and not having the ability to fill their little bellies.
I am so thankful for organizations like the Good Shepherd Food Bank whose mission is to end food insecurity in Maine. They are the hub that distributes the food to our local food pantries in Maine.
The Good Shepherd Food Bank is doing an amazing job to help ensure these children and families have the food they need in order to live a healthy life. They have a huge focus of not only filling bellies but by providing nutritious food from local Maine Farms through their Mainers Feeding Mainers Program. Something that I am incredibly proud to support.
The Good Shepherd Food Bank is able to leverage the money we raise through our Burpees for Turkeys event and stretch the dollars to do the most good. They can feed a hungry child for an entire week with just a $5 donation.
Just $5 per week feeds a hungry child for an entire week. AMAZING!
They can provide 4 meals to families in need with just a $1 donation.
We are so proud to say that with this event, we have raised over $9,500. That is 38,097 meals for Maine families who otherwise would have been hungry. OR - enough to prevent 36 children from being hungry for an entire year.
We are so thankful for the way that our community pulled together to create this kind of impact in our community. For our event this past Saturday, we had over 80 clients sign up to help raise money to end hunger in Maine.
One of our clients, Tammy McLaughlin raised over $900 which translated to about 188 burpees. Now, if you don’t know what a burpee is… it can be summed up as everyone's least favorite exercise.
188 burpees is a lot of burpees.
That didn’t stop Tammy from hitting the fundraising to end hunger in Maine hard, in her WABI 5 interview, she said “I am willing to do as many burpees as people will pay me to do.” She is a great sport and did an incredible job knocking out those burpees!
It feels good to make an impact. Knowing that you have done something to make the world just a little bit better. I feel a strong connection towards helping end food insecurity in Maine which is why I have partnered with the Good Shepherd Food Bank.
If you don’t already, I would encourage you to find a cause that you connect with and go after it this holiday season. It could be as simple as volunteering a few hours of your time, or bringing awareness to the issue you are passionate about, or just donating a little bit of money - it can go a very long way!
It is incredibly inspiring and uplifting to know that you have made a difference in the world and it is easier than you may think. You would be amazed out how much you can fill your spirit and IMPACT your community by supporting others who are in need.
We have already started the planning process for Burpees for Turkeys next year and we are excited to have even more of an impact to help end hunger in Maine.
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