The Exercise Coach: Short Workout Times, Better Results

By Amy Geiszler-Jones
Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Sometimes for physicians, the adage “do as I say, not as I do” seems fitting when it comes to following recommendations for exercise.

Exercise Coach Jeremy Stallbaumer, MD

That’s one of the reasons Jeremy Stallbaumer, MD, an orthopedic surgeon, opened a franchise three years ago of The Exercise Coach in Wichita, home to Kansas’ largest medical community. “They spend a lot of time taking care of people but don’t take the time to look after themselves,” Dr. Stallbaumer says.

A former baseball player at Wichita State University, where he was an exercise science major, Dr. Stallbaumer found it challenging to make time to get to the gym as a medical student and resident and then as a practicing surgeon. In early 2016, when he was under a two-year noncompete agreement, he started The Exercise Coach, going back to his love of fitness and helping others find a better way to get fit, too. His Wichita studio is the first and only franchise in Kansas and one of nearly 50 in the U.S.

At The Exercise Coach, the 20-minute data-driven workouts are efficient and intense enough that a patron will reap benefits by scheduling just two workouts a week, says Dr. Stallbaumer, one of five trainers at the fitness studio. It’s the ideal workout for busy individuals and people looking to maximize their health benefits through exercise, he says.

The workout model focuses on building better muscle quality, since it’s proven that muscle quality plays a crucial role in health improvement and weight loss. Customized strength and resistance training at The Exercise Coach comprise about 15 minutes of the workout, while the remainder is cardio. The machines each have a computer monitor showing a client’s workout data and progress.

Dr. Stallbaumer tests the computer-navigated leg press machine.

“One of the conditions we’re targeting here is sarcopenia,” Dr. Stallbaumer says. Many of his clients fall in the 40- to 70-year-old demographic who want to combat age-related muscle loss.

“By focusing on upgrading the client’s muscle, we indirectly upgrade every other organ system in the body,” Dr. Stallbaumer says.

The workouts are designed to safely engage dormant type II (fast-twitch) muscles. The type II muscle fibers tend to be the ones we lose primarily during the aging process, and that leads to a number of negative health consequences, Dr. Stallbaumer says.

While the workouts are intense, they are extremely safe, Dr. Stallbaumer says.

Exercise Coach Jeremy Stallbaumer, MD, stands next to his National Metabolic Challenge winner, Darlene Cornfield. Cornfield followed the nutrition and exercise program and lost 40 pounds of fat and gained muscle. She also won $5,000.

“The first objective as a doctor is to do no harm,” Dr. Stallbaumer says, noting that his business aligns closely with his values as a physician.

Michael Wolfe, MD, says he’s seen better results with his twice-weekly workouts at The Exercise Coach than when he spent one hour a day, five days a week doing CrossFit training.

“It has given me a higher level of improvement and less of a time commitment,” says Dr. Wolfe, a specialist in high-risk pregnancies with Ascension Medical Group Via Christi.

Brenda Harkins, MD, OB-GYN, agrees that she’s seen significant muscle improvement with the workouts. In an hour, she fits in a workout plus the 40-minute round-trip commute from her Newton office to Wichita. Like her patients, Dr. Harkins often couldn’t find the time or the motivation to fit in longer workouts more frequently during the week before she joined The Exercise Coach.

The Exercise Coach, 10096 E. 13th St., Suite 114, offers three free no-obligation workout sessions. To learn more about free sessions and/or pricing, call 316-978-9213 or visit Hours are 6 a.m.–8 p.m. weekdays and 7 a.m.–2 p.m. Saturdays.