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Anytime Fitness to hold ribbon cutting

New location increases memberships

Following a relocation in September, Anytime Fitness on First Avenue East has seen a significant increase in memberships. The gym has also strengthened its group training program and acquired new equipment.

To kick off the new year, the gym will hold a ribbon cutting at noon Wednesday with staff, the public and the Newton Chamber of Commerce. Anytime Fitness moved from its former location in September to 1718 First Ave. E.

The gym’s membership has reached more than 800 members, according to Kylie Carkhuff, club manager and health coach.

“We gained about 35 people in just two days for the New Year,” Carkhuff said.

Locals hope to fulfill their New Year’s resolutions through personal training and group training. Gary Marzolf said he has been participating in group training for six weeks.

“They really hold you accountable and it’s good fellowship,” Marzolf said. “They tailor the workouts to your needs.”

For local Shaun Shaffer, he said he enjoys the challenging and diverse workouts.

“I have been coming since March,” Shaffer said. “I feel like it’s challenging and it pushes me — you get what you put into it.”

Personal Training Manager Brittany Arrendell said she was excited about the relocation because there would be more space for group training and boot camps.

“I work one-on-one with group training five times a week, and I offer free fitness consults,” Arrendell said. “My favorite part of my job is helping others reach a healthier stage in their life ... I see results between 4 to 6 weeks.”

Arrendell said the gym also gained an employee after the move. Sabrina Clement works part time and assists at mornings and nights with group training.

“We work hand-and-hand — I handle group and personal training and Kylie handles club access,” Arrendell said.

Feedback of the new location has been positive as the gym acquired new equipment and more space for members to spread out.

“Everyone loves the new space and equipment,” Arrendell said. “I think the great thing about Anytime Fitness is you can visit any location and it’s open 24 hours.”

The gym also offers tanning beds, group and personal training and a free fitness consultation.

“We tailor the exercises to their needs,” Arrendell said. “We assist athletes to people who want to lower their blood pressure or improve their cardiovascular.”

Carkhuff said even though some people think being at a gym is uncomfortable, employees at Anytime Fitness really care about customers and encouraging them.

“People going from the littlest movements to now being able to do everything in the gym — that’s my favorite part,” Carkhuff said. “I think it’s super rewarding to see people be successful and knowing that we helped them.”

Arrendell said the beginning of year is busy time for the gym business.

“A lot of people are motivated in the New Year, so it’s making sure they keep up with it and encouraging them,” she said.

Contact Kayla Singletary at 641-792-3121 ext. 6533 or

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