MARSHALL - Anytime Fitness in Marshall is joining in the fight against expanding waistlines by expanding its footprint.
The business added 30 percent more space to its floor plan, which allows for space for more exercise equipment and a room where members can take classes such as Pilates, Zumba and step classes, said manager Zach Kasper.
"We have a brand new studio," Kasper said. "That's a huge draw. To grow as a gym, we had to start offering classes, which now take place mornings and afternoons."
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Anytime Fitness member Jason Busack demonstrates hanging leg raises in the additional space the gym recently acquired.
Kasper said group fitness instructor Kathie Erickson has been leading classes for 30 years.
"They love her," he said.
The classes are free to members.
Other trainers include Shanda Kirkeide and Kaitlyn Norell, who teaches Zumba.
In addition to the added space, Anytime Fitness renovated the entire club.
"We have added new equipment, re-did the bathrooms, ceiling, lights, painted the walls...," Kasper said.
Kyle Henning, who has owned the Anytime Fitness club in Marshall for almost five years and owns another one in Farmington, said the club was "getting busy" and needed more room in general, and more space was needed for the group fitness room as well. In addition, the Anytime Fitness corporate office requires the franchise owners to remodel every so often which wouldn't have been needed for a year, but Henning decided to combine the expansion and the remodel.
In addition to an upgraded esthetic appearance, the renovation enabled the business to be more energy-efficient.
"The fans use 75 percent less electricity - about the same as a 50-watt light bulb," he said.
In addition the lights are "motion sensor" that shut off at night and turn on when someone comes in - saving electricity.
"We went green," Henning said. "Our electricity bill has dropped 60 percent."
Henning said the response from the community to the expansion and renovation has been "great."
Membership in the Marshall club allows for membership in any Anytime Fitness club "worldwide," Henning said.
Although its only been in existence for 10 years, Anytime Fitness is one of the fastest-growing franchises, he said.
Kasper said Anytime Fitness is a "club for busy people. You get in and get out. The parking lot is right there. We have cubbies to put your things in. Showers in the bathrooms."
Kasper said another draw is the individual TVs on the cardio machines.
"You stay on them longer because you want to finish your show," he said.
He said he loved his job.
"I play all day and meet all different kinds of people from those who have never been in a gym to somebody who is training for a marathon," he said. "Anyone is welcome."