“I have been training with Rob at Old Village Gym for nearly four years now. I have become addicted to my workouts with Rob simply because my health and fitness is one of the most important things I can do for myself, my family and my business. Old Village Gym is the perfect fit for me; not some big box fitness complex with 100 treadmills wall-to-wall, but with all the equipment necessary for getting and staying in shape. When I began training with Rob I was out of shape, was at least 20 pounds over-weight, and because of some low back pain, just felt lousy all the time. With Rob’s exercise and nutrition guidance, I have lost 25 pounds of fat, and put on lean muscle. I can honestly say that at age 60, I am in better shape than when I was 30! The great aspect to Rob’s training method is variety. I’ve worked out with him three days a week for nearly four years, and we have NEVER done the same workout routine over that entire period! Since losing those 25 pounds and going from a 38 inch waist down to a 34, I not only look better, but feel more energized to get through the long work days in a busy and stressful environment. OVG offers 24 hour availability, personalized training and nutrition guidance, along with all the pieces of equipment you’ll need to get and stay in shape”.
Mr. Kim Richardson
Pitt Street Pharmacy


“Rob is fantastic to work with! He clearly has an extensive knowledge of body mechanics and custom designs the right workout based on the individual abilities of his clients. His never-ending pleasant and positive attitude instills confidence and encourages you to want to work harder. I actually look forward to my training sessions! I have an unpredictable schedule and he has been very flexible and accommodating, which has really helped me to work toward my goals. I also appreciate how clean the gym is and what a comfortable setting it presents.”
Christine Varnado


“I have been a member of Old Village Gym for almost three years now. The atmosphere at the facility is laid-back and noncompetitive. The space is always tidy and clean. Over the course of my time there, I’ve had the opportunity to take personal training sessions with Rob and several other trainers there. Each of them individually has proven to be professional, knowledgeable, understanding, and genuinely concerned about my fitness goals and health.”
Tricia Hughey – yoga instructor


After training with Rob for 16 years, I decided to have a home gym built in our new home. Rob understood I did not want just a room full of equipment, but a space that would be integral to the rest of the house. Rob assured us that we did not have to sacrifice aesthetics to get a great work out from home. With careful planning , Rob came up with a well conceived design that was both functional and motivating. He was great at selecting the right pieces of equipment that took up minimal square footage, but gave us exactly what we needed. I would recommend Rob’s services to anyone interested in having a home gym.
John McGrath(JEM Restaurant Group)


For the last six years I have worked out at Old Village Gym. I started training with Robert Short to improve strength and overall fitness. I have continued because of the pleasurable “vibe” of the gym, the expertise of Robert and all the other trainers, the way they strive to meet each individual’s unique fitness needs, their expertise in working with people of all ages, their ability to motivate clients toward achieving healthy and appropriate goals. The gym is simple and without gimmicks, the equipment and facilities are clean, well-cared for, and open 24/7. Old Village Gym provides the best overall gym experience I’ve had throughout my many years of gym memberships across the country. It is small but mighty!

Louisa Shingler


“One of the best things about the gym besides location is its warm and inviting environment. It’s a place for normal people to work out, you always feel comfortable there. It’s not a place where anyone would feel intimidated by meatheads (other than Rob;)). The other great thing about it is Rob Short, my personal trainer and the owner. He is a friendly, caring guy who works with us individually and is extremely accommodating to each person’s needs and schedule”

Ted Strauss DMD, MD


“Having used trainers at various ” big box” gyms in the Charleston area I can confirm that bigger isn’t better when it comes to hiring a trainer. The personal attention and customized workout Rob Short provides far exceeds what can be provided by other trainers. Rob’s vast wealth of fitness and training knowledge assures you will meet your personal goals and do so in a safe environment ”
Malcolm Crosland, Jr., Esquire


“Robert is a great personal trainer. Working with him has improved my health and energy level” .

Gedney M. Howe, III, Esquire


“Beyond his remarkable ability to provide answers to any question you’d ever have about music and sports, Rob is a professional who cares. His is a holistic approach combining a sincere interest in diet and exercise to advance one’s overall health and fitness level. Rob knows the right balance of pushing my physical limits while keeping workouts interesting and enjoyable”

Vince Graham


“Rob is my coach. He makes me practice and focus on the things I need to do if I want to stay healthy. The gym is clean, well laid out and the hours are flexible. I appreciate his sense of humor, his professionalism and patience. His singing is a little off key, but the wide variety of music makes the workout pass quickly. Old Village Gym is great place to get in shape”
Mildred D. Kitchell, CPW


“I love Old Village Gym. The size is perfect. Rob does a great job of capping the number of members he has to avoid overcrowding. I also love the convenience of the 24 hour key entry so that you can workout around your own schedule and not the gym’s.
The best part about working with Rob though is the personal training. It’s a great investment in yourself and will help you reach any goals you may have. I was coming off major surgery on my leg and Rob designed workouts that strengthened and rehabilitated it nicely. Each workout is different so the problems I used to have with getting bored with working out are no longer an issue. Rob is a true professional and knows his craft better than anyone I have come across”

Reese Daniel


“Rob Short runs a professional and friendly gym in the heart of Old Village. He has a wide range of cardio and strength equipment. His knowledge of sport specific strengthening and post injury recovery is impressive and encouraging”

Rory and Judy Brown


“I never thought working out could be so much fun. Rob is not only a great trainer, he’s also hilarious. He makes me work hard and he makes me laugh! After previously belonging to a mega-gym, I really enjoy the neighborhood atmosphere of the Old Village Gym. I wouldn’t go anywhere else”

Donna Thorne


“When I arrive healthy, Rob prepares me for tournament play. And when I arrive after the tournament, he puts me back together. If you can’t recognize Rob’s physical credentials from the other side of Pitt Street, there’s a pharmacy there for whatever is ailing you.”
Derrick Niederman
Former national squash champion


“After years of trendy diets and lackluster exercise producing no results, I finally stopped wasting my time and got serious. Rob was working at the gym I joined, so our meeting was by chance. It has been by choice that I have stayed with him for 10+ years. He put me on the path of clean eating and result oriented exercise. It’s hard to maintain both of these as a lifelong commitment, but through Rob’s guidance and instruction, (and a hefty serving of self-discipline), I have the results that I didn’t think I would ever attain – the results so many people want and get so frustrated from not achieving. Rob is the catalyst to my continued success and will remain an integral part of my weekly routine”

Sandra L. Gary


“Robs talent of training expertise is demonstrated throughout his diversity, knowledge and skills. I have been a client of Rob’s for three years and train two days a week with my mother. He is able to positively affect each of our body types while maximizing our delegated workout routine. I would highly recommend Rob and his facility to anyone seeking wellness success”
Tanya Fitzgerald