The Times West Virginian

Business

August 10, 2008

Fairmont Fitness ‘committed to this community’

FAIRMONT — With the opening of Fairmont Fitness, Jerry Gardner and Randy Murray hope to continue providing service in the community for many years to come.

Country Club Health & Fitness Center opened in 1973 at 1499 Locust Ave. in Fairmont, and in 1983 Gardner and Murray became the owners. They did a lot of improvements to the facility over the years, but the business eventually outgrew its nearly 8,000-square-foot space. Frequent flooding was also a problem.

In January 2007, workers started clearing the property on Watson Hill above Pizza Hut to make way for a 13,000-square-foot health club. The brand new facility opened at the end of July. With the move, Country Club Health & Fitness Center’s name changed to Fairmont Fitness.

“Visibility is awesome up here,” Gardner said. “Our goal was to make it as convenient as possible.”

“We’re committed to this community and try to make it as affordable as possible.”

Gardner said the facility’s coed exercise area features a new line of equipment — called Matrix — that is smooth and strong. Large windows in the cardio area bring in natural sunlight and provide a view of the activity in Fairmont. The gym also has a ladies-only exercise room, which is “kind of a club within a club,” he said.

Every day, group fitness is offered upstairs in an isolated exercise room. Fairmont Fitness currently has Zumba, aerobics and yoga classes and is working to add other types of exercise.

The health club has private men’s and women’s locker rooms that lead to the pool area. A waterfall descends from the hot tub to the indoor heated swimming pool. The moist steam room, dry sauna and menthol room are side by side and together look like a little cabin.

Women can visit the wet area on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, and men get their turn on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

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