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Fitness club gets pumped over new ROMs

Range-of-Motion machines add efficient way to ‘kick your butt’ into shape in Newhall

Posted: July 30, 2009 10:00 p.m.
Updated: July 31, 2009 4:55 a.m.

Twenty-three-year-old Nick Anguili works his upper body on a Range-of-Motion machine from ROMFab at VO2 Nutrition and Fitness club in downtown Newhall.

Does a four-minute workout sound too good to be true?

For the past seven months it’s worked for VO2 Nutrition and Fitness club in downtown Newhall.

The centerpiece of Rae Permann’s business are three Range-of-Motion machines built by North Hollywood-based ROMFab.

Permann explained that the name of the club comes from the scientific term VO2 max, denoting that the body is being pushed to its maximum capacity to process oxygen.

“(It means) you’re pushing your body as hard as you can,” she said.

It’s difficult to describe the 450-pound, 7-foot-long workout machine. Crafted of chrome and black steel, it resembles an art deco combination stair-stepper and elliptical machine.

Driven by a flywheel with varying levels of resistance, the ROM works both upper- and lower-body muscles in four-minute sessions.

“If you’re in horrible shape, it’s going to kick your butt,” Permann said. “And if you’re in really great shape, it’s going to kick your butt.”

Within four months of opening, Permann, who has a background in personal weight management, said her membership has grown to more than 100 people. She plans to cap it at 150.

Her clientele ranges in age from 10 to 87.

Some people come in six days a week, while others work out three times a week, Permann said.

“It’s convenient, and it actually shows results,” she said. In the nearly year since Permann, 41, began using the ROM, she said she’s reduced lower-body fat, increased muscle tone and strengthened core muscles.

“I use it pretty much every day,” she said.

Nick Anguili, 23, has been working out at VO2 for several months.

Right off the bat, he said, “I was surprised by how much of a workout you get, and the results you get from it.”

Pam Lewis has been using the ROM for about seven months and said she was surprised by the intensity.

A personal trainer and yoga instructor, Lewis said she’s been please with the results — stronger, firmer muscles, reduced body fat and increased cardiac capacity.

She said she likes the machine so much that she and her husband bought one for the Taekwondo studio they own in Sherman Oaks.

Permann’s business isn’t just about the ROM machine — which incidentally, costs about $14,000.

She also offers nutrition and fitness classes, as well as serving up fresh smoothies — the VO2 Freeze, she calls it.

Memberships start at about $49 per month.

The shop is located in a 1,500-square-foot storefront on Main Street, and Permann is looking forward to being part of a revitalized downtown Newhall.

“Nobody else out here had anything like this,” she said of VO2.

VO2 Fitness and Nutrition is located at 24255 Main St. For more information, visit



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