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Personal trainer Mitchell encourages healthy lifestyle

Personal trainer Edward Mitchell, 57, counts the repetitions his client, Louis Davenport, 14, completes on the seated high row machine at Prime Fitness, 2202 Salem Road in Conyers. Seated high row machines target the back and biceps, Mitchell said. (Staff photo: Jessicah Peters)

Personal trainer Edward Mitchell, 57, counts the repetitions his client, Louis Davenport, 14, completes on the seated high row machine at Prime Fitness, 2202 Salem Road in Conyers. Seated high row machines target the back and biceps, Mitchell said. (Staff photo: Jessicah Peters)

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Mike Chesser spots Rod Davis as he curls a heavy-weighted barbell. Both Chesser and Davis are personal trainers at Prime Fitness in Conyers. (Staff photo: Jessicah Peters)

CONYERS — With a new year already in motion, health is at the forefront for some fitness fanatics.

Whether it’s dropping a few pounds or strengthening muscle groups, starting off 2014 in the gym isn’t the hard part.

Personal trainer Edward Mitchell, 57, of Conyers said the hard part is staying in the gym throughout the rest of the year.

“Normally people set resolutions but it doesn’t last. You have to stay motivated,” said Mitchell, who goes by the name “Mitch.”

After retiring as a U.S. Army master sergeant, Mitchell decided to devote his time to encouraging others to lead a healthy, fit lifestyle. He trains clients six days a week at Prime Fitness located on Salem Road in Conyers.

Lithonia resident Louis Davenport, 14, is training with Mitchell to prepare for the upcoming baseball season at Arabia Mountain High School.

“I want to build muscle and endurance,” Davenport said.

Mitchell said he trained Davenport’s parents previously and now the family drives to Conyers to train together.

The training sessions with Mitchell range from 30 minutes to an hour. For Davenport’s workout on Tuesday, Mitchell walked the student through a warm-up, various weight machines as well as agility and plyometrics exercises.

“My advice is to stay motivated and keep disciplined. You can’t hit or miss a workout, because it takes you back further,” Mitchell said. “Try to keep a steady schedule and stop making excuses.”