MaxStrength Fitness: Based on science, transformative by nature

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At Jeff Tomaszewski’s MaxStrength Fitness, clients, like Richard V. Hausrod, MD, FACEP, FAAEM, get intense conditioning in less than an hour a week. (Photography by Benjamin Margalit)

By Ken McEntee

Chronic injuries are no reason to be out of shape and in poor health.

That’s especially true with a training program that offers a high-intensity workout without the damaging lifting and jerking that can exacerbate joint and muscle injuries, insists Jeff Tomaszewski, owner and chief life transformer at MaxStrength Fitness.

“Our niche isn’t only helping people improve their general fitness, but it’s also in helping people with chronic injuries who can’t tolerate traditional training because of the high impact forces that traditional training puts on them,” Jeff explains. “Because we lift weights in slow motion, we take all of the stress off the joints and can get a profound effect in a fraction of the time relative to traditional workouts.”

In fact, he says, MaxStrength clients get intense conditioning in less than an hour a week.

“Our program takes 20 minutes, twice a week, so our clients can quickly get back to their work, their families and their busy lives,” Jeff promises. “Because the workout is literally sweat free, clients can work out during their lunch hour and go straight back to the office without showering.”


The high-intensity, low-force protocol used at MaxStrength is the protocol of choice in physical therapy—where Jeff began his career in exercise physiology as a trainer in sports medicine.

“I recognized a need to help physical therapy patients continue their necessary exercises on their own after their insurance stopped paying for it,” Jeff recalls. “When I became the strength coach at Case Western Reserve University, I adapted the protocol I had used for rehabilitation to our student athletes for general fitness and strength conditioning as well. I realized it would be a perfect fit for people who had various limitations.”

MaxStrength, he says, can typically help people with chronic orthopedic issues, including severe conditions like spinal cages and fusions, shoulder impingement, laminectomies and diseases like spina bifida, cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

“Some people are surprised when I mention the last two,” Jeff acknowledges. “But research shows that high intensity strength training can have a profound effect on mental cognition. Firing muscle synapses is a neurological process, and there is a lot of new research that supports exercise as a modality to treat Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s and other neurological problems.”

Many people with chronic conditions, Jeff laments, forego exercise for fear of aggravating—or even causing further damage to—a chronic ailment, or because they can’t tolerate the pain the exercise causes.

“People no longer have to neglect their bodies,” Jeff says. “Our workout surely isn’t easy, but it is not damaging. We’re here to fix people, not break them. Our clients tend to be very active executives and professionals, including a lot of physicians who refer many of their own patients to us.”

Dr. Richard Hausrod, MD, chairman of the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University Hospitals Elyria Medical Center, is one of Jeff’s clients.

“Being a doctor, I am faced with a demanding schedule and physical, mental and emotional stressors on a daily basis,” he says. 

“MaxStrength Fitness has led to not only increased strength and more energy, but I have a healthier outlook on life as well, which can be tough with a career that often consumes all of my time. With MaxStrength, I am getting a total body workout in 20 minutes, twice a week—focused and concentrated with respect for the life of a busy professional.”

You can determine whether MaxStrength will work for you by scheduling a no-obligation health consultation and demo workout.

To find out how your professional, efficient workout can result in a happier, healthier lifestyle, you can schedule your complimentary consultation with MaxStrength Fitness, with two locations serving Northeast Ohio—located at 2211 Crocker Road in Westlake and at 4212 State Route 306, Suite 120 in Willoughby. You can find more information, including client testimonials, by visiting MaxstrengthFitness.com, or you can call 440-835-9090 (Westlake) or 440-226-8080 (Willoughby).