may not be known around the country as one of those "trainers to the stars," but he's
happy with the recognition around these parts that he
was one of the area's first - if not the first - personal fitness trainers.
And one reason is because Longwill
, now only 36, has been in the business for 16 years.He
decided early on that fitness would be a good fit for him.
"From the time I was in Little League
and then went on to play football, I was always interested in sports," said the Danville man, who just recently had his
business incorporated as GetFitTeam.
"But my interest went beyond just playing sports," he
said."I wanted to know how the body worked when I played sports and how I could get my body in optimum shape.I wanted to know all the techniques involved in strengthening myself."
It was either training himself and then others how to be fit or milking cows - kind of.Longwill was born shortly after his family moved to Boyle County to live and work at Happy Valley Farms on Gentry Lane, now the home of nationally-known disc jockey Rick Dees.
was a premier dairy farm, and my late dad, Murray, was hired as associate herdsman for the farm," said Longwill
."I was proud of my dad for the career he
was pursuing, but I decided early on that I wasn't going to be following in his
own career path
decided to create his
own career path and trod where few people, at least around this area, had stepped before.After graduating from Boyle County High School in 1987, he went to Lee University in Tennessee and then onto Eastern Kentucky University where he graduated in 1992 with a Bachelor of Science in exercise science, also called adult fitness.He
not only had taken courses in anatomy and exercise but also in athletic training and dietetics - courses that would help make him well-rounded and well-qualified for his
"When I was in high school and played football, I not only wanted to get in shape during the summer and stay in shape during the season, but I also spent time during the off season lifting weights," he
said."A lot of the players would play basketball and other sports in the off season.I lifted weights, and I also participated in teenage power lifting contests.
"At a pretty early age, I had developed an in-depth knowledge of techniques used in strengthening my body, and that hands-on knowledge, combined with what I was learning in college, formed the foundation for my career."That career began 16 years ago when Longwill was hired by Ed and Pat Hays as a fitness trainer for the Danville Athletic Club.
...From 1992 to 2003, Longwill worked as a personal trainer.He
then began GetFitTeam and incorporated the company.He
has hired Shane Cummins as an associate trainer.Cummins, a licensed practical nurse, and Longwill both have master's certifications as personal trainers.
and Cummins have a variety of clients and go to a variety of places to work with them.
Clients include a wheelchair-bound Centre student whom Longwill
has been working with for years, helping the young man improve and maintain his
muscle strength and tone.He
also works with a high school soccer player, helping him improve his
leg strength and overall conditioning.Another client is a man who wants to hone his
motor skills and also develop his
strength while he
deals with palsy.
"We also serve a number of clients in their post-operative therapy and care programs, including several orthopedic patients who have undergone knee, back and hip surgeries," he
All clients must set goals
Another frequent client of GetFitTeam is a person who is overweight and wants to shed pounds.Often, the overweight client has made the decision to lose weight to get ready for a special event in his
life, said Longwill
"One of our clients weighed about 300 pounds and wanted to lose a lot of weight so he
could fit into a nice suit for his
daughter's graduation," he
and Cummins have equipment that they will bring to their appointments, including an exercise ball.
If the clients don't have the equipment they need, they will purchase it based on Longwill's
and Cummins' recommendations.
"The equipment, from rowing machines to treadmills to exercise bikes to the various multipurpose machines, can cost some money, so each client has to decide what they really need to meet their goals and address their specific conditions and how much they can spend," he
"I have some clients who have spent not more than $50 to $100 on used equipment that does provide them the apparatus they need, and I also have one client who has spent more than $30,000 on equipment, some of which she
really doesn't need, and placed in a converted two-car garage that she
has turned into a small gym complete with Surround Sound and TV sets."
Longwill tries to train his
clients not only with the knowledge he
provides, the program he
sets up for them and the equipment they buy, but also by example.
has two other goals, one professional and one personal.
On the professional level, he
wants to "grow" GetFitTeam to the point where he
can afford to hire more associate trainers and open his