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Movement Program at The Highlands a Success

Photo Provided - A group of fitness enthusiasts come together to greet the morning at Movement By Allison.

TRIADELPHIA — While the days rapidly dwindle, The Highlands hosts an active community of morning movers.

Allison Hickey brought Movement with Allison to the Highlands Sports Complex after outgrowing its first home. Hickey teaches several different classes, offering group fitness training at all levels of ability, from young athletes to older clients looking to promote general fitness.

Hickey said she currently has around 53 customers, as well as an online program for people to follow along at home.

“It’s basically strength and conditioning classes. Any level; I have people in their 20s that are super athletic, and people in their 50s and 60s there for general fitness. There’s a wide variety, and I try to modify it for everyone so they all get a good workout, but it’s not too much for people who don’t want to overdo it.”

Hickey, a physical therapist assistant, brings her expertise to the table by providing custom, personalized routines depending on a person’s needs and wants.

“A lot of times, people that have been injured or are worried about an injury or pain, I can write them their own, personalized program,” she said.

Hickey said she was inspired to strike out on her own in 2015, until the success of her business saw her begin renting space out at The Highlands. While Movement By Allison has been around for six years, she’s been teaching classes since 2002.

“Physical therapy is kind of just exercising injured people, and I was doing physical therapy full time, and I was also doing group training in addition to that,” she said. “I thought, I want to do this my own way.

“I needed a bigger (venue). My classes were getting 25, 30 people, and the basketball courts were just not big enough. When the pandemic hit, I did some virtual training, I did my own thing, and The Highlands just happened to open up. I was like, ‘This is it, this is perfect.'”

The class times are at 5:15 a.m. and 6:30 a.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, while Tuesdays and Fridays are open gym. Hickey said class routines change throughout the year, with summer months utilizing the outdoor space more.

“There’s always a group of people there, and we have a whole football field, on-turf training. It’s a brand new facility, so it’s really awesome,” she said. “There’s turf training outside, and the facility is not open while we’re there, so basically we have the whole facility to ourselves. … Most of the time, if it’s over 50 degrees, we’re outside on the field, if it’s under 50, we’re inside of the football field.”

Those interested can contact Hickey at movementwithallison@gmail.com.

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