We are beyond excited to welcome Ben Bunnell to our training team in Bangor, Maine. Ben grew up on a farm in Vermont and received his bachelors degree in Exercise Science and Coaching Certification from Colby-Sawyer College in 2016.
He brings with him 3 year’s experience coaching at several gyms in New England. Ben has a passion for exercise – he has been an athlete his entire life and enjoys challenging and pushing himself physically. He believes this is what gives him the confidence to go after his biggest goals.
When we asked Ben how he planned on delivering on the vision, mission, and goals of Wilcox Wellness & Fitness, this was his response:
I will embrace the mission and core values of Wilcox Wellness & Fitness by integrating them into my own life and fitness journey first. By practicing what I teach, I hope to emulate these values and mission statement rather than simply adhere to them. Thankfully, my background in athletics has taught me a lot about working in a positive team environment and therefore has prepared me to embrace these values wholeheartedly.
Working as a team and supporting each other’s goal is crucial for a constructive group training environment. During my sessions with client’s I like to point out what they are doing well. I would like to implement client’s doing the same with their teammates within the session. I believe this will help reinforce good form/technique as well as create an environment in which everyone feels noticed and appreciated. In turn, I believe this will also influence another core value, enthusiastic pride. A space in which everyone feels celebrated and supported is one that is easy to feel proud and enthusiastic about.
Getting client’s to continuously improve can be challenging because people are often scared to fail at something. Hopefully, pointing out what clients are doing well will make this less of a daunting task. During my sessions, I want to make a progression an even more positive accomplishment. Progressing an exercise to an increased range of motion, weight, ect. will always be the goal and will be met with encouragement and congratulations. A progression, PR, or goal board would be a great way to encourage Kaizen. This will ensure that there is always continuous improvement for clients. I will encourage clients to “take action” and let me know if a weight or an exercise isn’t challenging them enough. Creating a space where that communication can happen will encourage hard work and, conversely, will encourage clients to speak up if an exercise is bothering them.
I want to make my sessions upbeat and motivating enough that people want to put their heart into it. The sessions I work the hardest in are sessions that I work out with a friend, the music is good, we are doing exercises we like or trying new ones, and we both have fun. People put their hearts into the things they have fun doing, so in order to get that heart hustle training needs to be enjoyable. I think ample support, a good playlist, and continuously making new exercises will foster the proper setting for heart hustle to happen.
I hope to instill lifelong, sustainable fitness goals and enhance my clients lives by embedding these core values in every single one of my training sessions while applying the knowledge and experience I have gained from my degree. These core values implemented with years of education will certainly lead to positive client outcomes and continuous improvement. I look forward to introducing these values into my own personal life to better represent them in my training sessions.
Welcome Ben! We are so happy you have found your home here with us!
Paige & Mike Wilcox
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:
Wilcox Wellness & Fitness
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:
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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!