LifeShape Fitness Center Opens in Melbourne

Chalk up another first for Dr. Mark Fusco, Medical Director of LifeShape Advanced Bariatric Center of Florida. Back in 2003, he was the first to introduce the innovative Adjustable Gastric Band (AGB) surgery to Brevard County. In July 2009, with more than 700 active patients in the area, he saw a need for a fitness facility specifically designed for the Adjustable Gastric Band (AGB) patient.  He approached MIMA with his vision, and this month Lifeshape Advanced Bariatric Center introduces its own LifeShape Fitness Center.  Located at 1130 South Hickory Street in Melbourne, the new state –of-the art facility is physician supervised.  According to Dr. Fusco,  “The Band is only a tool.  Our Clients learn that integrating increased physical activity is the key to a permanent change in their bodies and their lives.”  Clients will have access to all of the latest exercise equipment, aerobics classes, and nutritional counseling.  In addition, they will also have a personal trainer on staff to guide them through their weight loss journey.    “The Center is ideal for the client who wants a more private workout experience, without the worry of social pressures they may feel at larger gyms.  This is an extremely encouraging environment with an emphasis on education and lifestyle change.  ” No matter where the client is in their weight loss process, the AGB patients will feel at home.

LifeShape’s Personal Trainer Christy Brandolini.  Brandolini has been a Certified Personal Trainer for seven years and has educated more than 600 clients ranging in age from seven to seventy.  Christie started working with Dr. Fusco and the LifeShape team in October of 2007.  “Christie is very supportive & helpful in teaching me the target areas I need to work on,” says LifeShape patient Cathy Frisella.  “Exercise is a huge part of my weight loss journey.  The results are obvious & delightful!”

You may be a candidate for Adjustable Gastric Band (AGB) surgery if:

  • You are at least 18 years of age
  • Your Body Mass Index (BMI) is 40 or more
  • You have a BMI of 35+ and have another serious health condition (like Type 2 Diabetes)
  • You have been overweight for more than 5 years
  • Your serious weight-loss attempts have had only short-term success
  • You are prepared to make healthy changes in your eating habits and lifestyle

Ask your doctor or visit for more information about Adjustable Gastric Band surgery and the LifeShape Program.