January 20, 2009
LIMA - One of the most-used excuses about not exercising is lack of time.
That excuse is no longer valid in Lima, Ohio.
Fitness Solution 24/7, located at Thin & Healthy's Total Solution at Allentown and Cable roads, opened a 24-hour gym at the end of last year. Due to open by March is another 24-hour option, Anytime Fitness, located at Clocktower Plaza in the former party supply store location.
Fitness Solution 24/7
Fitness Solution 24/7 opened in November, said Adah Ellerbrock, marketing director.
"We knew the 24-hour concept was growing," Ellerbrock said. "We know the demands of the schedules - whether it's picking up the kids, sporting events, taking care of the house, going to work - that we need something that would be accessible to them. We needed something that could fit them any time that they had available."
The gym is in the same building as Thin & Healthy's Total Solution. The business already had a small fitness area but decided to expand it because its patrons were requesting that, said Donna Krech, founder and president.
The facility is staffed around the clock for now. In the future, a key fob will give members access even when staff is not present.
"We've got cameras on everything in here," Krech said. There is also an alarm system. "If somebody feels panicked, they can push a button and security will be called."
The gym offers circuits focusing on cardio and weight training as well as specialized classes.
"We guarantee results," Krech said. "It's not just a place to come and work out. Different people come with different needs. We design programs based on those needs."
Fitness Solution 24/7 membership is separate from Thin & Healthy's Total Solution and starts at $19 a month. Call 419-225-6228 for details.
Anytime Fitness is a franchise brought to Lima by Lyle Endsley, owner and club manager. Endsley, a Lima native, has come back to the area from California. He saw the popularity of 24-hour gyms and used such facilities himself.
When his children were young, he would work out in the early morning before going to work. His young family was sleeping - allowing him to skip the guilt of working out in the evenings and missing out on family time.
"I got used to that concept," Endsley said.
When visiting family here, he noticed the lack of a 24-hour gym and decided to fill that niche. His son, Chad, is working with him as well. Chad Endsley is a recent graduate of Fresno State University with a bachelor of science degree in exercise physiology. Chad Endsley will manage the personal training and nutritional counseling aspects of the facility.
The gym, which is not yet finished, will feature a cardio area, a free weights area, a circuit area and classroom. There will be showers and changing rooms available. An infrared sauna is possible but has not yet been confirmed. Because most Anytime Fitness locations offer tanning, Lyle Endsley is instead working with Tan One, located next door.
A key fob allows members access around the clock, and sophisticated security systems and cameras track who is in the building at what time. Patrons are encouraged to wear a necklace-style panic button that looks similar to a medical emergency button for the elderly, even taking them out to their vehicles if there is something that makes them uneasy.
Also, members are welcome at all Anytime Fitness locations. The nearest one is in Findlay, currently, but a gym is due to open in the next six months in Van Wert.
"I think Lima is ready for this," Lyle Endsley said.
"Or has been ready," Chad Endsley added.
Memberships begin at $29 a month. Call 419-221-0030 or visit the temporary sales office at Clocktower Plaza beside Dots.
24-hour gyms in Lima:
Fitness Solution 24/7
Located in Thin & Healthy's Total Solution, Allentown and Cable roads across from Kewpee
Call 419-225-6228 or visit www.thinandhealthy.com
Located at Clocktower Plaza on Cable Road
Call 419-221-0030 or visit www.anytimefitness.com
Snap Fitness 24/7
• 1182 Indiana Ave., St. Marys
• 531 S. Eastern Ave., St. Henry
Call 419-678-SNAP (7627)
• Coming soon to U.S. 127 and state Route 197, Celina
Snap Fitness 24/7 features entry by key fob and security cameras. Visit www.snapfitness.com for details.