STRASBURG – Anytime Fitness has been a staple of the Strasburg community since 2008.
The gym gives residents of all ages a place to work out 24 hours a day, seven days a week and to take part in special workout programs.
Alice Muellerweiss and her husband Kevin Watson have owned the gym for four years.
“Kevin and I moved to Strasburg a little over seven years ago,” Muellerweiss said. “We fell in love with this place. We came out here every weekend and rode our bicycles. We lived in the Washington, D.C., area, but we realized we wanted to live here full time, and we felt it was very important to contribute to the community.”
Muellerweiss and Watson then started thinking about how they could help their community.
“We thought of two things: we loved fitness and we loved wine,” Muellerweiss said. Since there were a lot of wineries in the area, I thought what Strasburg needed was a gym. We looked at memberships for Anytime Fitness and thought it was a pretty nice gym, and noticed it was for sale. The rest is history.”
Since becoming owners of Anytime Fitness, Muellerweiss and Watson have looked for ways to increase community involvement.
“It was our desire to get out and teach people about healthy living and a healthy lifestyle,” Muellerweiss said.
Anytime Fitness added on a studio for classes including cardio and yoga. The studio also hosts classes for senior members.
“There are people who, a year ago, couldn’t pick themselves up off the floor,” Muellerweiss said. “After a year’s worth of training, we’ve got them doing things like planking for two minutes.”
Muellerweiss said that the gym also has trainers on staff and guest trainers who come in for special events. The gym will host nutritional classes starting in February. Muellerweiss also said that the gym soon will offer spin bike classes.
“We’ve found that cycling is important to the area, and we wanted to offer those classes to our members and the community,” she said.
Anytime Fitness has over 700 members, with some of those members being part of the Silver Sneakers program, a free fitness program for people ages 65 and older.
“Last year, when we opened the capability for people to join using Silver Sneakers, we had one or two people join, Now, we’re over 100 in just the last year.”
With the beginning of the new year, many people have made resolutions about getting in shape and eating better. Muellerweiss encourages people who have trouble keeping to their resolutions to come to Anytime Fitness.
“Change of behavior is hard,” she said. “If you’ve not had a fitness or wellness journey, it can be sometimes very hard and very scary to get started. Sometimes, you may not know the equipment, or you’re not familiar with the different moves.”
Muellerweiss said that Anytime Fitness can help new members by getting a fitness consultation with a personal trainer and work on a 30-day plan. During that time, members can interact with employees and trainers at the gym to get additional help.
“We try to find out what they like, and we try to create a plan for them to do the things they like to do, but we also try to get them in studio at least three times a week. After we get through that 30 days, we do follow-up consults to see where people are at in their plan, and it’s working for them.”
Membership for the gym runs around $35 a month.
Anytime Fitness is located at 100 Founders Way Suite 6, 7, 8. For more information, call 540-465-2345.