Anytime Fitness coming to Newberry Pointe Shopping CenterHeather Stauffer
Emily Goodling used to run the employee wellness program at Highmark, and now she wants to bring some of the same concepts to the community with Anytime Fitness gym franchises.
Goodling said there's a lease agreement with the Newberry Pointe Shopping Center in Etters, and work is beginning on a 3,900-square-foot exercise facility scheduled to open before the end of the year.
"We also have plans to open two more in the next two years on the West Shore," Goodling said.
Anytime Fitness clubs, which Goodling describes as small but upscale gyms usually located in strip malls, are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, but staffed only some of the time. Goodling said the clubs' security systems and equipment are selected with that in mind so, for instance, they don't typically feature lots of heavy free weights.
"It was an idea that took me a while to comprehend," she said of the unstaffed hours, noting that people who work third shift really like the convenience that 24/7 access offers.
Anytime Fitness also offers an online program called Anytime Health that includes virtual coaching, a workout planner, diet and activity trackers, and a community network.
The Anytime Fitness franchise was founded in 2002 and there are currently more than 1,800 clubs across the globe.