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Business aims to get customers in shape

August 6, 2011
By WARREN SCOTT - Staff writer , The Herald-Star

FOLLANSBEE - Fusion Fitness, the name of a new business at 971 Main St., is appropriate because its owner, Cindy Petri, has brought a variety of fitness programs together under one roof.

Patrons of the Michele Dance Studio on Main Street may remember the zumba classes Petri offered there. Others have participated in exercise classes led by her at the Brooke High School Wellness Center and former St. Anthony School gym or in ongoing aqua Zumba classes at the Follansbee Pool.

Petri said the new location, in one-half of the former Follansbee Convenient Store on state Route 2, provides her the space she needs to offer various versions of Zumba, the Latin aerobic fitness program; hip-hop ab-toning, yoga and a boot camp-style exercise program.

She also offers Cinful Fitness, a program she created.

"It's centered around a chair and musical selections you are sure to enjoy. Utilizing the chair, participants use slow precise movements to isolate individual muscle groups. This helps to burn calories, build muscle and improve balance," Petri said.

The program is for women only and its goal, besides helping them to become healthier, is t help them feel good about themselves, she said.

Other programs at Fusion Fitness are open to women and men of all ages and children, ages 10-17, with special prices available for the latter.

The fitness center will offer more than 25 morning, afternoon and evening classes, Petri said. She added there are plans to add nutrition and bellydancing classes.

Fusion Fitness also sells an assortment of exercise clothing and related merchandise.

Petri is certified to lead group exercise programs by the National Exercise Trainers Association, certified to instruct Zumba Basic I and II, Zumba Gold (for seniors) and Zumba toning (with weights); and to conduct the Silver Sneakers wellness and exercise program for senior citizens.

A 1998 graduate of Wheeling Park High School, she earned a degree in business management from Robert Morris University. She and her husband, Travis, have lived in Weirton for several years.

Petri's staff will include instructors Carrie Whitehead, Dawn Smith, Carri Perani, Nancy Millich and her assistant, Nichole Hamilton.

Petri said she has always wanted to open her own studio and is pleased to be able to do so at the former Follansbee Convenience Store, which offers high visibility, ten parking spaces and handicap-accessibility.

She and Travis, an engineer with McKinley and Associates of Wheeling; and their family have renovated the store's interior, building a wall at the center to create two separate sections, adding a handicap-accessible restroom, new lights, heating and air conditioning and painting the walls bright festive colors.

Lou Stein, executive director of Valley Ventures - a regional group formed to help aspiring entrepreneurs - said he can't take the credit for Petri moving into the location but he's working with Tony Paesano, president of the Follansbee Chamber of Commerce; and other city officials to attract new businesses to the building's other half and other sites.

For information about Fusion Fitness, call Petri at (304) 559-7975, e-mail her at or visit

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