New gym opening in downtown Marietta

Photo by Michele Newbanks Rachel Burnham tests one of the new spin bikes at Rockstar Wellness Friday afternoon.

Lowell resident and longtime dance and fitness instruction Rachel Burnham said an unsatisying desk job years ago started the seeds of opening her own gym, a dream she will have come true on Saturday.

Burnham and her husband, Scott, are opening Rockstar Wellness at 225 Second Street and will offer a variety of fitness classes.

Burnham said she grew up dancing and taught classes on the side until her husband, Scott, told her to do what made her happy.

“I transitioned from dance to teaching group fitness, and Pound was my first venture into group exercise,” Rachel said.

The couple started working on the business plan for Rockstar Wellness in November 2018. She had taught group fitness classes for five years in five different locations.

“It became a lot of running around,” she said. “And I love all my classes.”

Hours at the center will vary depending on the classes held that day, but it can open as early as 5:30 a.m. and close as late at 8:30 p.m., she added. The first classes available are Pound, a spin class and 20/20/20, which is three different exercises in an hour.

“Our personal trainers will be utilizing the facilities when we’re not running classes. So we’ll have personal trainers available,” Rachel said.

Doors will open Saturday at 8 a.m., with classes starting at 8:30 a.m.

When she and Scott decided to open Rockstar, she wanted to take the best parts of each of the facilities and combine the classes under one roof.

Some of the classes that will be offered are spinning, Pound, which is a cardio jam session, VeraFlow, Stretch ‘N Relax, yoga, pilates, boot camp, resistance band, Zumba and Tap ‘N Burn.

“There will be 16 independent instructors teaching within the facility,” she said.

Amber Newlon is one of the instructors who will teach classes at Rockstar.

“I’m nationally certified by the Athletics and Fitness Association of America and I’m licensed to teach Pound, Generation Pound, Strong by Zumba an Barre Above,” she said.

She said she’s been working with Burnham teaching classes and they travel everywhere together.

“We work with Charge, which is working with girls in colleges. We travel and teach fun fitness classes,” Newlon said.

She has been an instructor for almost four years and thinks Burnham opening her own fitness center is inspiring.

“I think she’s going to be really amazing with the community. To have her as a wellness leader in the community with the other small, family-oriented businesses in downtown Marietta is great,” Newlon said.

Burnham said they lucked into the location of the gym, which is the former River City Antique Emporium.

“I’ve lived in this area for years and I had no idea this building existed,” she said with a laugh. “We were actually in the Washington County Fair parade in September 2018 and we were driving by on our float on the way back from the end of the parade and we saw the for rent sign. It was really a hidden gem in Marietta.”

Anyone wanting to participate in the classes can email info@rockstarwellnessllc.com or visit their Facebook page. Eventually there will be an online class sign up, she said.

“We are working through all of our systems and things, and everything is new to us as well,” she explained. “There will be an online sign up, or they can call in. They will be able to just drop in and pay cash, with credit card or check as well and sign up once they get here.”

She said their classes are for anybody, of any age or fitness level.

“Our instructors are really great at making sure our classes are inclusive and making sure everyone feels successful and welcome in the room, regardless of where they are in that journey of fitness, if it’s the first class or the 100th class. We’re trying to make it inclusive, so you can come as often as you’d like.”

There will be a drop-in option, a class bundle and a monthly membership.

“So they can purchase multiple classes in advance and then use them over a period of time,” Burnham said of the class bundle.

Child care will also be on-site and will run for most classes, Burnham said.

“We are combining everything I love in one location,” she said. “We want this to be cutting edge group exercise.”

Michele Newbanks can be reached at mnewbanks@mariettatimes.com.

If you go:

• Who: Rockstar Wellness.

• What: Grand opening.

• When: 8 a.m. Saturday.

• Where: 225 Second St., Marietta.

Source: Rachel Burnham.


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