BodyBasics Health & Fitness

Tucson, AZ

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How does your service stand out?

I am the owner of a results driven personal training team with a mission to empower our clients to realize their innate abilities by providing an environment that educates, nurtures, and inspires. BodyBasics has been in business for over 20 years and has been awarded one of the top 3 personal training facilities in Northwest Tucson by the Northwest Explorer for the last 4 years in a row! Our clients are referred to us by their doctors, physical therapists, massage therapists, chiropractors, and by those who love them dearly like family, co-workers, and friends.

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

BodyBasics lives for the daily opportunities to serve others and personal training just happens to be the vehicle within which that can happen. To hear a client share an experience that speaks to their success in improving their health and fitness in some kind of tangible way is what makes every day a special day at BodyBasics!


Tucson, AZ 85704

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13 Reviews
  • Debra C. Dec 20, 2016
    Personal Training
    Verified Review
    A great studio. Warm and welcoming and good training!! Love it! Actually look forward to working out!
  • Kevin F. Nov 24, 2016
    Top notch in our community
    Although I've not worked out with the staff at Body Basics, I have worked with Chris and his staff as well as some of their clients on the occasion that they've needed treatment at the physical therapy clinic I work at for over 5 years. In dealing with Chris and his staff, they are truly top notch in this community in their training knowledge and service towards their clientele. With the clients of theirs that I've worked with in treatment, each one of them speak very highly of everyone at Body Basics and they all love the workout programs they're involved with. When a client of theirs needs treatment in therapy, Chris is always very open to input from the therapist and has often come in to observe treatment on his clients in order to serve them better. I have recommended Body Basics to many of my patients over the years when they inquire about places in the community they can train at where they can be assured they'll have a knowledgeable and caring trainer to work with. Kevin Fay, PT, DPT
  • Andrea S. Nov 14, 2016
    Personal Training
    Verified Review
    Wonderful caring team at BodyBasics!
    Great support for my father! Chris and the team have been great...look forward to the progress.
  • Liana R. Sep 26, 2016
    Personal Training
    Verified Review
    Great place to get motivated
    Friendly and flexible
  • ED & LORRI G. Sep 1, 2016
    We see Chris and his staff on a regular basis. So much more than a gym! Form over effort and doing things correctly. The gang over at Body Basics has helped my posture, weight, flexibility, I even think I'm taller! You can't beat their knowledge.
  • Marge and Richard F. Aug 30, 2016
    Thanks to Chris and the Body Basics team, we are trim, lean and full of energy, despite our aging. We can do things at our age that people much younger can't. The Body Basics team is on the "cutting edge of fitness." They accommodate our program to our specific needs. They are family friendly and have been our sole fitness providers for the past 25 years! You will get what you need and more at Body Basics.
  • Barbara R. Aug 27, 2016
    Chris and his entire team at Body Basics are authentically caring professionals in their field. An initial very thorough assessment aids them in creating the most beneficial solution for anything that ails you or helps you become stronger and healthier. They monitor your form to be sure you are moving correctly, adjust your work-outs as you make progress and push you to become the best you can be. They are not solely focused on your physical improvement. Your emotional well-being and overall health is of the utmost importance to them. Body Basics is not just another sweat box. Body Basics is FAMILY and they TRULY care. Your success is their success.
  • Vivian K. Aug 26, 2016
    Never will you find a trainer who can match the expertise of how the body works and how to make it stronger and better. Chris is caring, thoughtful, and watchful. His mission to his client is always total commitment.You will never ever find a personal trainer who can be and do as can Chris.
  • Dan M. Aug 26, 2016
    Outstanding in every respect. The Body Basics team have helped me at age 60 + to achieve a variety of injury free performances to include 1st place in the 100M freestyle for my age group at the Arizona State Championships. Thanks!
  • Amanda R. Aug 26, 2016
  • Barbara M. Aug 24, 2016
    Chris Litten and his company are unique and excellent in the fitness/health coaching world. Their knowledge, intuitiveness, and ability to identify what any-age individual needs and tailor a really beneficial program is truly unsurpassed. And this is true for someone already very fit or someone who desires to achieve and maintain mobility, flexibility and fitness to live a quality and active life as they grow older. At 70, I'm really loving this place and am very glad I found them!
  • Ann M. Aug 24, 2016
    I originally went to Chris several years ago to help strengthen an area I had injured in order to avoid surgery. Not only did we accomplish that, but I have stayed on with Chris ever since to keep my body functioning well. Now I am also participating in his Precision Nutrition program and having great success. I cannot praise him too highly for his abilities and his character, and starting with Chris at Body Basics those many years ago was one of the best decisions of my life.
  • Juliana O. Aug 23, 2016
    Every exercise is explained in detail. The personal attention and knowledge is extensive. I highly recommend the studio.


What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
We do have a standard pricing system for our services. I like simple! For starters we have small group pricing that is $20 per session no matter how many sessions you sign up for. Next we have personal training sessions. These are either 60 minute or 30 minute sessions with you meeting one on one with one of us. The prices for those sessions range from $45 - $75 depending on frequency per week and length of session. We reward consistency by dropping the cost per session for our clients who are more regular each week. Next we have nutrition coaching. Our rate for nutrition coaching is $100 per month inclusive of an online curriculum you will be invited to and up to 2 in person, FaceTime, or Skype contacts every month. Last we have what we call Shared Sessions. These sessions are $85-$95 per session and are called shared because the cost is for two people training with one trainer. Again we reward consistency each week with our shared sessions by offering a lower per session rate for those more frequent clients.
What is your typical process for working with a new customer?
Our typical process is to invite you in for an opportunity to check out where you could be potentially training. That way you can determine if we have what you need and we jive personality and ability wise with what you want to achieve. We will also sit down and talk about your goals and answer any initial questions you may have. If at that time you determine that we are indeed a good fit for you, we will schedule an evaluation for you. The evaluation is information gathering for us in order to properly develop your fitness program. We will be checking vitals such as resting pulse and blood pressure. We will also be taking you through some movement based assessments that will give both of us some preliminary information concerning your heart health and your body's capacity for movement. We will also establish your training schedule at the conclusion of this session.
What education and/or training do you have that relates to your work?
I have been a certified personal trainer for well over 20 years and my certifications include both a personal training certificate and a strength and conditioning certificate through an organization called the National Strength and Conditioning Association. They are consistently ranked in the top 5 for certification credibility and are one of only a dozen out of literally hundreds of certifications that are nationally accredited. I am also a certified nutrition coach through an equally reputable company called Precision Nutrition. I am a Pn2 certified coach through that organization. I also have a team of employed trainers who, like me, value education. All of them are certified through nationally accredited organizations and a couple of them have Master's Level educations.
How did you get started doing this type of work?
I got started out of a passion for fitness that began for me as a stress outlet growing up. You see, I was not always so polished. I grew up in a rough environment where abuse was common and hurtful words were frequent. After I received a K-mart special cement-filled plastic encased barbell set complete with rickety bench and leg attachment, I find my source of release. This started a passion for fitness and serving others through it right then. By the time I got to high school I was the one developing exercise programs for me and my friends. I knew in high school that I wanted to be a personal trainer some day. I've been one since December of 1994 and a business owner since April of 2000.
What types of customers have you worked with?
We work with clients who value the joy that can come from moving better. To that end, we've trained a whole spectrum of individuals, all the way from 6 year old aspiring dancers to 90+ year old clients who want to live life to the fullest and know that how they move is a key ingredient for them to do so. We've trained clients who have suffered strokes, severe car accidents, clients with multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, spina bifida, different forms of arthritis, replaced joints, and on and on.