Going to miss the Y? Here are some options

YMCA members seek alternative avenues for fitness

JANELLE PATTERSON The Marietta Times Patrons at Movement Fitness utilize both the weights and aerobics machines Monday.

With the closing of the Marietta Family YMCA imminent, patrons are looking for other local offerings for exercise, health and wellness.

The YMCA is ending its aerobics and other programming at the close of March, retaining child care services in the Seventh Street location through the end of April. Board members cited the cost to maintain the aged building as the reason they’re looking for a new facility and to close the present one.

“But we are going through the process of getting licensed for the new child care location and we’re planning to continue group fitness classes at that new location once we’re there,” said board chairman Rick Smith. “That’s including Silver Sneakers, Running Club and Bridges Forward for stroke patients.”

Smith would not say Tuesday where the new location for the YMCA’s programs will be, saying the finalizing of paperwork is ongoing.

“And we’re still offering the volleyball intensive instructional program at St. Mary’s School,” he mentioned.

Meanwhile, for those Y members who loved to hit the gym there, 14 other options in a similar price range to the YMCA are available in and around Marietta, from all-inclusive gyms to specialty studios.

“We’ve had some calls already from Y members looking at what we offer,” explained Dash McNeal, assistant athletics director for facilities and recreation at Marietta College. “We offer community memberships based on availability and we do have (individual) openings now.”

The college’s Dyson Baudo Recreation Center offers not only group classes and an indoor track, but also free weights, weight machinery and aerobics machines.

“And we still have the free community walker program you can sign up for at our front desk,” explained McNeal. That allows free use of the indoor track at certain times.

Hours vary at the college facility based on holidays and school schedule, but the facility can boast hosting the only rock wall in the city, outside of area schools.

“The rock wall is covered in your membership, or you can go for a $5 guest fee during the hours it’s open,” McNeal said.

The other indoor track available in the city surrounds a regulation indoor soccer turf, basketball courts and batting cages at Movement Fitness located in the Frontier Shopping Center in the former Tractor Supply Co. building.

Marietta Sluggers Coach Jeromy Woods, 43, of Marietta, stopped into Movement Fitness Monday to inquire into space for his junior high teams to condition at the facility where he and his wife and his parents are already members.

“We went to the Y before and then decided to try something new when it looked like they were closing,” said Woods. “I’ve always been a coach and my wife likes the classes like Zumba, so when my parents who come here to walk suggested this place we thought we’d try it out.”

The facility offers 24/7 access, limited child care and martial arts classes in addition to the staple machinery and both basketball and soccer leagues.

“My kids do indoor soccer and martial arts so I get my workout in here while they’re in those after I get off work,” said Warren Local Schools teacher Molly Denton as her 7-year-old son Donald ran the track Monday.

Movement Fitness also hosts one of the city’s two Crossfit boxes, Crossfit Weld, plus offers group fitness classes, personal training and rentable batting cages and a back turf cross training room.

“And we’re looking at adding a dodgeball league and even a cornhole league this summer as well,” said co-owner Ashley Whited.

The other Crossfit gym in town is Piercing Crossfit on Pike Street between East of Chicago Pizza and AutoZone. Piercing also offers the more specialized workout option, with competitions and classes for children.

Then Reno Fitness Center, which is under new ownership, is geared more to the body-building enthusiasts.

“That’s definitely our niche,” said owner Mitch Wolfe, 24, of Marietta. “We’re open 24 hours and have multiple personal trainers and classes, and an area that’s more like the warehouse cross-training model where we have ropes and tires and such.”

Wolfe said martial arts, yoga classes and Pound are also offered in his gym, and Silver Sneakers, a longstanding senior exercise program in the city in partnership with the Memorial Health System, is also a draw to his facility.

“Really I think what people like in Reno is that community we have here,” he said. “A lot of places you go in and put in your headphones, but here it’s kind of hard to not talk with people.”

“I offer fitness boot camps, cycling and Barre classes that run in six-week programs,” said Jennifer Deem, owner of Marietta Boot Camp, also in Reno, noting her programs work like memberships rather than drop-in classes. “Fitness coaching, personal training and free weights are all worked into that, I like to get to know the person as we work through these sessions.”

Communities built around health and exercise are also at the foundation of offerings both at Healthy Start Nutrition and adult classes at Stacey’s Dance Studio, too.

“After the trial class the drop-in rate is $5 per class or there are punch card options available,” explained Stacey’s instructor Rachel Burnham, of Lowell. “These cards work for all fitness classes at the studio regardless of instructor.”

Healthy Start Nutrition offers both Pound classes brought in by independent instructors and free cardio drumming aerobics classes in the evenings and on Saturdays, and Stacey’s Dance Studio offers Ballet Barre, Pound, AMPD Resistance, VeraFlow and mixed impact classes weekday and Saturday mornings and yoga on Sunday evenings.

Anytime Fitness near Walmart also offers 24-hour access to its members, advertising on its windows Monday a $20 membership fee but limited staffed hours, the gym offers weight and aerobic machinery.

Curves, located in the Frontier Shopping Center, also offers the same machinery, plus a form of digital personal training and tracking for women.

It also accepts the Silver Sneakers insurance program.

And then there are other specific offerings for those over the age of 55: Memorial Health System’s 55 Plus program and aerobics classes at the O’Neill Center.

“It will be interesting to see what happens too when Planet Fitness goes in at the Lafayette Plaza,” said McNeal, referring to the planned spring opening of the chain.

COMMENTS