Next Level Sports & Fitness
Zephrin Augustine and staff can help clients reach personal fitness goals
Published: Thursday, December 27, 2012 at 11:38 a.m.
Last Modified: Thursday, December 27, 2012 at 11:38 a.m.
A former University of Florida football player wants to take youth to their next level of fitness training through his business, Next Level Sports & Fitness in Gainesville.
Zephrin Augustine, a walk-on special teams player and backup defensive back in the early 2000s at UF, said his obedience to a vision God gave him in 2005 to start Next Level can help residents take off unwanted pounds, especially those gained during the holiday season, and help aspiring athletes reach their physical fitness goals.
He is the founder and CEO of Next Level, which he started in 2010.
Augustine said the company is doing well even though he has not fully reached his target market of high school athletes.
"One of the goals is that I still haven't reached the youth yet," said Augustine, a native of Lake Placid in Central Florida. "I want to train athletes to get to the next level. We call it Next Level because I want to train high school kids how to get to the next level."
LaBridgette Williams, a member of the Next Level staff and the spokeswoman for the company, said Next Level's premiere fitness program is its All Sports and Fitness Boot Camp, which is conducted in group settings and challenges clients with a combination of cardiovascular, strength and plyometric exercises formulated to help them lose weight, tone their body and build confidence,
She said the company, which has eight professional trainers, also offers sports and conditioning, sports combines and seven-on-seven coed competition programs. The sports and conditioning program is designed to improve speed, strength, agility, power and explosion. The sports combines and seven-on-seven coed competition are designed to teach athletes how to play at levels beyond their mental capacity.
"Next level is a sports and training business, and we pretty much specialize in boot camps. That is our specialty," said Williams, who became a trainer with the company after a stint as a client. "We also do personal training and small group training for student athletes who want to compete on the college level."
Williams said Next Level is very affordable and electronic payments are set up to come out of a client's bank account once a month. She also said workouts are held at Kanapaha Park on Tower Road, the King Center in northeast Gainesville, Planet Fitness on NW 23rd Avenue, Westside Baptist Church on Newberry Road and at UF.
She said the boot camps are "very intense," and include a variety of exercises, such as jumping jacks, running relays, sit-ups and sporting games. Williams also said clients can choose how long they want to work with Next Level.
"We work with them until they don't want to work with us anymore or until they have reached their results," Williams said. "We've had clients with us for two years now and we've had clients with us for three to six months before they felt like they were good and went on their own."
Jennifer Couch of Gainesville said she has gotten stronger and faster since working out with Next Level for more than a year.
"They are very motivational without being too pushy," said Couch, 34. "I am definitely more athletic than I was before I started working out with them. They do a good job of fitting their programs to the fitness level of the individual."
Williams said the motto at Next Level is "Dream It, Position It and Get It."
"That simply means we are going to help position people to get to their dreams, wherever they are as it relates to fitness and their personal lives," Williams said. "We re-ignite people's dream here at Next Level."
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