New fitness center plans March opening

By Bill Rautenstrauch, The Observer February 02, 2011 02:50 pm

 

Lisa Page shows off the space in the La Grande Town Center that is being remodeled for an Anytime Fitness Club. Page will manage the facility, which will be open to members 24 hours a day, seven days a week. BILL RAUTENSTRAUCH / Observer photos
Lisa Page shows off the space in the La Grande Town Center that is being remodeled for an Anytime Fitness Club. Page will manage the facility, which will be open to members 24 hours a day, seven days a week. BILL RAUTENSTRAUCH / Observer photos

PRACTITIONERS OF THE PERSPIRING ARTS will be happy to know that a nationwide chain of 24-hour fitness centers is opening a facility in La Grande.

Anytime Fitness will open its first Eastern Oregon facility in the La Grande Town Center in March.

Manager Lisa Page is busy signing up members while remodeling continues in the space located on the west side of the shopping center once occupied by a bank. Page said this week the new club will have much to offer people who want to adopt — or continue — healthy lifestyles.

“One of the best things is, it’s open 24 hours,” said Page, of La Grande.

Anytime Fitness is a Minnesota-based corporation with more than 1,000 franchise outlets in the United States, plus more in foreign countries. The first Anytime Fitness club opened in Cambridge, Minn., in 2002.

Page said she began looking into buying a franchise a couple of years ago, did research and made inquiries with the company. She said Anytime Fitness offered her a different arrangement.

“This is the first Anytime Fitness to open on this side of the state, and they wanted it to be a corporate club, which means it will have all state-of-the-art equipment. They offered to hire me to run it, and I said ‘Sure, that sounds way better.’ ”

Page said general contractor Densley Development of Utah is using numerous local subcontractors to complete the remodeling work. She said the fitness center will be ready by mid-March.

When the center is open it will feature weight and strength training machines, free weights, cardiovascular machines like treadmills and ellipticals, two tanning beds, showers and more.

Page said Anytime Fitness is contracting with three to four local personal trainers to work on-site during staffed hours, but also will feature Fitness on Request, auto-start group fitness classes that are projected on a life-sized video screen.

The classes are accessed and continuously updated on a kiosk within the center, and available around the clock.

“This is all focused on what the member wants,” Page said. “It encourages and supports you to keep on the healthy lifestyle and integrate it in your life.”

She said members also have access to Anytime Health.com, the company’s wellness website. Site features include a workout planner and activity tracker, a diet tracker, blogs with expert advice and community postings.

“You can connect with people who have the same goals as you,” Page said.

Page said people joining Anytime Fitness are issued a swipe card that gives them access to the facility 24 hours a day.

She said security equipment including surveillance cameras, glass break detectors, and panic buttons to alert local emergency responders if something does go wrong, make the center safe at all times.

“There’s staffed hours, but outside of that people can come and go. It’s very safe to use,” Page  said.

Until the center is complete, Page is working out of an office in a travel trailer at the center site.

Her main focus for now is signing people up. She said some discounts are available to those who join ahead of the center’s opening.

For details on various membership plans, pricing or other information, visit the trailer or call Page at 541-663-0300.