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SHU grads teach fitness with chiropractic mindset

Published 11:44 pm, Thursday, February 13, 2014

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  • Synergy of Sport Fairfield owners Chris and Meg Skelton pose at their new facility in Fairfield, Conn. on Wednesday January 22, 2014. Chris is a chiropractor who combines chiropractic care with CrossFit training for his clients. Photo: Christian Abraham / Connecticut Post
    Synergy of Sport Fairfield owners Chris and Meg Skelton pose at their new facility in Fairfield, Conn. on Wednesday January 22, 2014. Chris is a chiropractor who combines chiropractic care with CrossFit training for his clients. Photo: Christian Abraham

 

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FAIRFIELD -- After building a reputation in fitness and health throughout the area, this local couple is drawing attention with a new venture.

Synergy of Sport Fairfield -- a unique facility that combines CrossFit training with chiropractic practicality -- opened its doors in late November, and already it looks like it may need to expand.

"We've kind of already outgrown the space," said co-owner Meghan Skelton, a CrossFit trainer at the gym in addition to being a social worker at the Weston public schools and the girls' varsity volleyball coach at Fairfield Ludlowe High School. She opened the business with her husband, Dr. Christopher Skelton, an athlete and athletic trainer who recently completed chiropractic training.

The pair, who were competitive athletes at Sacred Heart University where they met, have established a fitness program that incorporates preventative exercises and practices.

"This way someone is able to output more with much less likelihood of getting injured," Dr. Skelton said.

"We do what's right, not what's easy," he said, quoting their slogan, which focuses on proper technique above all else.

"We're going to make you a better functioning human being in all your activities of daily life. Aesthetics are a nice side effect of improving your activities of daily life," he said, but should not be the priority.

"I feel comfortable that, even though these exercises are difficult, I am doing them safely," said Joanna Lipper of Fairfield, who trained with Dr. Skelton privately before joining Synergy of Sport.

Adds client Rory Budds: "Chris Skelton brings a great balance of energy, knowledge, and encouragement to the experience. This balance . . . is what keeps the athletes loyal to his program."

Dr. Skelton is quick to note his wife's expertise, as well as her reputation.

"She's the three-time Connecticut high school coach of the year for volleyball," he said.

Ms. Skelton, however, credits her husband with an innovative program.

"He's able to help athletes meet their optimal performance by helping them through those little kinks in the road and minor irritation," she said. "A lot of times we don't get seen by a doctor until something is really wrong, (but) he's built in all sorts of rehabilitative--or `pre-habilitative'--exercises." "Cross (Fit) in general right now has a bad rep because a lot of people are getting injured," Skelton said, "but with Chris it's different."

Synergy of Sport Fairfield, located at 338 Commerce Drive in Fairfield, is on the web at http://www.sosfairfield.com.

Jarret Liotta is a freelance writer.