Jamestown Fitness Clubs ‘Here for Everyone’ – Jamestown Sun

JAMESTOWN — Fun and fitness go hand in hand at three of Jamestown’s most popular workout facilities.

“We want people to be happy and healthy, and exercise is a free form of therapy,” said Flex and Flo co-owner Morgan Balskowski. “If we can make it a fun and enjoyable experience where they can laugh and get into the music, I think that’s going to be a game changer.”

While Flex and Flo, New Age Fitness and Anytime Fitness have already helped keep 1,000s of area residents healthy, every year around January 1st there is at least one new person ready to start a fitness journey.

“My husband and I have been active our entire lives and have made exercise a priority,” Blaskowski said. “We’re passionate about people moving their bodies and we think that’s important.”

Blaskowski and her husband, Nick, recently took ownership of what was: I Will Fitness and Training. The couple renamed the facility Flex and Flo, but most of the services offered have remained the same — most notably the group fitness classes.

“I love the group setting,” Dale-Blaskowski said. “It’s community building, it’s fun and you build friendships that you might not build anywhere else.”

Flex and Flo offers Spinning Classes, Yoga Classes, High Intensity Interval Training (HIIT) Classes, and BARRE Classes.

“We have a mix of people to come in and anyone can do any class,” Morgan said. “Of course some may be a little more difficult than others in theory, but that’s why the instructor is there to provide modifications and help you feel comfortable and take some of the anxiety out of going to the gym for the first time.

“That’s the beauty of having an instructor,” she said. “They can somewhat help ease you in, no matter what class it is. Everyone here has been a beginner at some point.”

Flex and Flo is also the only facility in Jamestown that offers hot yoga, a class that would help people experiencing fatigue, muscle aches and toxin build-up in their systems.

As of January 23, the hot yoga class is not available to members, but is expected to begin in February.

In addition to group exercise classes, Flex and Flo offers personal training for its clients. Unlike New Age Fitness and Anytime Fitness, Flex and Flo are not currently set up for people to use the equipment themselves on a 24-hour basis

“We like it when new people come in and try something they haven’t done before,” Morgan said. “I know it’s really scary going to a new place and training, but we’re there to meet you right where you are. We get it. We understand. We’ve probably been there ourselves.’

Flex and Flo offers many classes to its members.

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Since the beginning of the year, Morgan said there’s been a big increase in new members, and she thinks people are realizing that at some point they’re going to have to prioritize their health.

For New Age Fitness owner Matt Odin, this realization came while he was a student at Jamestown College.

“I don’t really come from a fitness background,” Odin said. “I went through a period of mental health issues so I started working out and that kind of took care of that.

“I put a lot of fitness into it when I was going through it all,” he said.

After graduating from Moorhead State University with a degree in exercise science, Odin moved back to Jamestown and started what would become – at the time – the only local gym in Buffalo City.

Since starting his own gym in 2008, Odin said there have been some adjustments in how the facility is run and the type of equipment available to members and potential clients.

“We do a little bit of everything, and it’s not always the stuff you’d see in a typical gym,” Odin said. “Everyone has powerful treadmills. We have electric treadmills and self-powered treadmills. We have parts for the regular people who come in, we have parts for people who just want to do cardio and we have parts for those people who like to do crossfit style training.

“For weights – it’s the same,” he said. “We have a little bit of everything. We have four sets of weights ranging from 5 pounds to 50 pounds. All of our benches are adjustable benches, meaning they go all the way from shoulder press to incline. Because of things like this, our members don’t have to sit there and wait to do the next phase of their training.”

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Flex and Flo offers a variety of group exercise classes to its members, all of which require different equipment that is essential to any fitness facility.

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Unlike Flex and Flo, New Age does not offer group exercise. Rather, the facility is best known for its personal training.

“If someone comes and asks me a question – or even if he doesn’t, but does something wrong – I will come and let him know,” said Odin. “I am like that. I’m here to help people achieve their goals.”

Odin and his team of three other personal trainers serve clients ranging in age from 10 to 82.

“We do everything from sports training to bodybuilding to CrossFit and cardio to physical therapy,” Odin said. “I think everyone expects different things when they walk into the gym or have different goals in mind, and we’re here to help them with whatever they need.”

The current number of New Age members is held steady at around 200 members. Odin said the gym doesn’t see as much of an influx of new members at the beginning of the year, but said those who believe the gym is a good fit stay for several years.

“If you’re in the fitness industry just for the money — that’s not a good enough reason to be in the industry,” Odin said. “You should be there because you care about your clients and the results they get. You have to be there to help.”

Jordan Padilla, district manager of Anytime Fitness, shares Odin’s mentality.

“We’re here for absolutely everybody,” Padilla said. “Our motto here is: Everyone’s a cool kid. At first, entering a gym can be a bit intimidating if you’ve never been to one before or if you haven’t worked out in a long time. We work with everyone, we accept everyone and we love everyone.”

Before becoming General and District Manager of Anytime Fitness, Padilla was a trainer at the facility for more than five years, so he has an idea of ​​what people need when they walk into the gym for the first time.

“There are so many health issues right now, so people are a lot more health conscious and about getting better,” Padilla said. “A lot of people come in and say ‘my doctor says I need to lose this weight’ or ‘I need to gain some weight’ or ‘I just want to be a little bit healthier.’

“We’re here to help,” he said. “We get them started. We have an in-body scanner that scans your whole body and gives us information about your skeletal muscle mass, your body fat percentage and how many calories you need to lose or gain weight.”

Anytime Fitness will also conduct Functional Movement Screens to better explain what is needed for each person’s individual training.

Padilla said that like many fitness clubs, Anytime Fitness will see an influx of new members right around Jan. 1, but it’s very typical for most members to stay until the end of the year. Anytime Fitness also allows members the convenience of freezing their membership for a period of time and then reactivating it when needed.

“For the most part, practice is not a lot of fun,” Padilla said. “When you make it more fun and joke a lot – it makes it easier for them to come and train. “We have a lot of fun here. We mess around a lot, so it makes a lot of people really happy when they come to train and see us. We’re always joking, always laughing and helping people as much as we can.”

Anytime Fitness offers personal training, yoga, strength training, cross training and cardio training. Technically, it’s a training facility — meaning the staff is trained to train members or teach them the basics about the equipment.

When trainers aren’t available, members can download the free Anytime Fitness app and work out using the video provided. Members can also train in their spare time without mentoring if they wish.

Anytime Fitness’ current membership is 632. Those interested in purchasing a membership can sign up online, visit the facility, contact the office via social media or make an appointment to meet with Padilla – in person or virtual.

Anytime Fitness is currently located in the Buffalo Mall and is moving to a larger space in the mall in a few months.

“No matter where people choose to work out, they’re all great gyms and they all have their own unique things that they bring to the table,” Blaskowski said. “Taking that first step is always the hardest, and once you do, I don’t think you’ll regret it.”

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Jamestown’s Flex and Flo and Two Rivers Activity Center offer spin classes to their members.

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