Fitness center opens in Reno

RENO – Working full-time and being a full-time dad doesn’t leave Michael Bailey of Marietta a lot of time to stay in good physical shape.

“I have a 2-year-old to drop off at child care in the mornings, then I pick her up in the afternoon, so lunch time is about the only time I have to exercise,” he said. “And I try to work out regularly.”

That’s why Bailey was among those checking out the new Reno Fitness Center Monday. The center, which will offer 24/7 access to a variety of exercise equipment and related services, opened this week in the Reno Business Park (former Kardex complex) along Ohio 7 in Reno.

Owner Debbie Piatt held a “soft opening” of the fitness center at noon Monday, noting that a grand opening is planned at the beginning of October when the 24-hour access will also begin.

“Until then we’ll be open from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily,” she said.

“And we’re starting group exercise classes (Monday evening), including yoga and body weight loss.”.

Marietta resident Nancy Berg was the first client to sign up during Monday’s soft opening.

“I like this-it’s wonderful,” she said. “They have a lot of equipment for exercise and weight-lifting.”

Berg said convenience played a big part in her decision to become a member of the fitness center.

“I work nearby, and will be able to come in whenever I want because it’s open all the time,” she said.

Piatt said the facility, which formerly housed the Reno YMCA, has 5,000 square feet of space with four separate rooms furnished with exercise equipment, including 1980s Nautilus equipment, which she said some clients prefer to use rather than the more up-to-date machinery.

“I helped design the Reno YMCA facility that was originally here, and I wanted people to feel comfortable when they exercise. Some people don’t feel at ease in a regular gym because they may believe others exercising around them are more experienced,” she said. “That’s one reason we have four rooms, so that they can move to another room if they feel uncomfortable. There’s ample parking here, too.”

Anyone at any fitness level can make use of the center, from beginners to power-lifters, Piatt said.

The center’s equipment includes treadmills, stationary bikes, elliptical machines and stair-climbers, as well as power lifting equipment and dumb bells.

Group aerobic, yoga and Zumba classes, as well as seminars on nutrition, fitness and body-building will also be offered at the center.

Piatt is a certified fitness trainer who has worked as fitness director for the Y, taught fitness at Marietta College, and continues to lead fitness classes at Marietta Memorial Hospital. She’s worked in the industry for 27 years.

“But we will also have three other fitness specialists and trainers at varying hours,” she said. “And personal training will be available for an additional cost.”

Anyone who signs up at the Reno Fitness Center will be given an orientation on the equipment, as well as provided with a course of exercise to follow in order to meet their individual fitness goals.

Piatt said the 24/7 access will be provided through secured key-cards for each member, and added that round the clock video surveillance is installed for security of members and the premises.