Shape up in a snap

New gym of­fers clients 24/7 ac­ces­si­bil­ity

The Covington News - - Business -

Of­fer­ing mem­bers the op­por­tu­nity to work out 24/7, a new fit­ness cen­ter has opened its doors in Cov­ing­ton.

Snap Fit­ness, lo­cated in The Ex­change shop­ping plaza on U.S. High­way 278, has been open for two weeks now and al­ready reg­is­tered 70 new mem­bers said Debbie Hawkins, who owns and op­er­ates the fran­chise gym with her hus­band, Gary.

“We’re ex­tremely pleased with the pace that we’re on,” Debbie said.

The Snap Fit­ness Cov­ing­ton lo­ca­tion is one of 2,000 gym fran­chises across the coun­try. Snap Fit­ness fea­tures a gym open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The gym also al­lows its mem­bers to join without sign­ing a con­tract. Pay­ment is made month by month.

“We wanted to def­i­nitely bring to the com­mu­nity a breath of fresh air,” Debbie said. “We’re right in your neigh­bor­hood. We’re con­ve­nient. We’re fast.”

All of the ma­chines at Snap Fit­ness are made by Cy­bex. There are five tread­mills, two bikes and six ski ma­chines, which give you a work­out sim­i­lar to climb­ing a moun­tain. There are also many strength train­ing ma­chines.

“The equip­ment is def­i­nitely up-to-date and top of the line,” Gary said.

Debbie said the ski ma­chines have be­come es­pe­cially pop­u­lar with fe­male clients who ap­pre­ci­ate the full-body work­out they re­ceive while work­ing on them.

“Ev­ery piece of equip­ment is user friendly,” Debbie said.

The cost of join­ing for a month for a sin­gle per­son is $34.95. A cou­ple can join to­gether for $59.95 a month and a fam­ily of four can join for $79.95.

“We have no con­tracts. It’s month to month,” Debbie said.

Mem­bers can also freeze their mem­ber­ship if they are go­ing to be out of town for a month or more.

Per­sonal train­ers are avail­able for pri­vate ses­sions with mem­bers. The price of a pri­vate ses­sion will vary ($50-$70 an hour) de­pend­ing on the mem- ber’s fit­ness needs.

Mem­bers also get the ben­e­fit of a free on­site tanning booth which they can op­er­ate them­selves. Mem­bers are lim­ited to one tanning ses­sion per gym visit.

Dec­o­rated in red, black and gray, the spa­cious gym fea­tures a vend­ing ma­chine with healthy drinks and snacks, cubby holes for be­long­ings and a row of TVs mounted on the walls.

Dur­ing the night hours when the gym is not staffed, mem­bers en­ter with their key­cards. The gym is mon­i­tored by sur­veil­lance cam­eras.

Mandi Singer/The Cov­ing­ton News

Snap Fit­ness of Cov­ing­ton own­ers Gary Hawkins, left, and his wife Debbie Hawkins stand among a va­ri­ety of Cy­bex work­out equip­ment in their newly opened fit­ness cen­ter on U.S. High­way 278.

Ad­dress: 4127 U.S. High­way 278, The Ex­change Tele­phone: (770) 784-5565 Web site: www.snap­fit­­ing­tonga Staffed hours of op­er­a­tion: 8 a.m. – 8 p.m., Mon­day through Satur­day

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