Exercise inevitably makes you feel hungry afterward. So if you're working out to lose weight, how do you make sure the workout wasn't for naught?

Exercise inevitably makes you feel hungry afterward. So if you're working out to lose weight, how do you make sure the workout wasn't for naught?

Feed the hunger, Matthew Hickey says. But instead of rewarding yourself with a cheeseburger, treat your muscles to a protein shake.

People come to Hickey, who owns Core Fitness Studios, to lose weight. His facilities offer personal training through in-gym instruction accompanied by personalized nutrition plans, nutritional supplements and weekly weigh-ins that track progress toward a goal.

Everything in moderation is his motto. And it has worked for his clients - including a woman who recently had surgery to remove skin after losing 150 pounds in two years.

"People try to restrict things and cut everything out of their diet and then kill themselves at the gym - you don't have to do that to get results," he said. "If you like cookies - hey, you're allowed to eat them every once in a while, and enjoy it."

Hickey started Core Studios with a location in Lewis Center a few years ago and expanded with an Olde Towne East spot that offers personal training only. The Upper Arlington operation opened in May, and it's open 24 hours a day, as is the Lewis Center location.

Core Studios also sees clients looking to maintain or gain weight, and they receive planning and training just like those who want to shed pounds.

The Max Rack

Core Studios' Upper Arlington location is so new, it smells more like new exercise equipment than sweat. And that means the latest in equipment technology.

The Max Rack isn't found in many gyms yet. It's a weight-training machine that's a step above the Smith machine.

While the Smith machine allows only up-and-down barbell movement for squats, the Max Rack moves the barbell vertically and horizontally, requiring users to better control their movements.