By: Sheryl Sowell | Category: Health & Fitness | Issue: February 2009
Scott Matlock, vice president of operations, shows one of the newly remodeled cardio areas at All American 24 Hour Fitness at 91st & Aspen in Broken Arrow.
It’s not too late to get started on your New Year’s resolution to get in shape this year! If you’re looking for a comprehensive fitness club that is comfortable, affordable, bursting with exercise options, and has a trusted name, you can’t go wrong with All American Fitness. With four Tulsa metropolitan locations and four Oklahoma City locations, All American offers ample cardio choices, the most advanced resistance equipment available, free weight training areas, a swimming pool, a hydrotherapy pool, dry heat saunas, group fitness classes, private tanning beds, racquetball courts, and a supervised kids’ zone. Personal training and senior programs are also available. Many of the All American facilities are open 24 hours. In addition, All American has six 24/7 Xpress clubs, all in Oklahoma.
All American 24 Hour Fitness at 91st & Aspen in Broken Arrow recently completed a major remodeling project that began in August. “We completely renovated the exterior and interior of the building,” says owner Jim Benien. “The building has an updated façade with new glass and steps. We remodeled the locker rooms with brand-new sinks and countertops, and we added more new cardio equipment, each with LCD television screens.”
All American Fitness began as a racquetball facility in South Tulsa in 1976 and has since evolved into a full-fledged fitness center. “We stand out from other places because we’ve been doing this for 33 years,” says Benien. “In this business, you see a lot of companies come and go. People get into the fitness industry because they have a passion for it, but they don’t last. We’ve figured out what it takes to succeed in satisfying customers – top-notch employees and a great management team.”
What has made All American Fitness a trusted name in Oklahoma for over three decades? According to Benien, it’s the employees. “We have an excellent staff. Many people have been with us for a long time. Scott Matlock, vice president of operations, has worked here for ten years. We have employees in the administration department who have been here 20 to 25 years,” says Benien.
All American Fitness is completely locally owned and operated. “Some companies operate from other parts of the country. We’re from here and we live here,” says Benien. “This is a people-oriented business, and it’s important to know the community and the people who live in it. That’s why we’ve built all of our clubs in Oklahoma.”
If you’re under the impression that All American Fitness is for bodybuilders only, think again. All American is a terrific fitness club for men and women of any age and lifestyle situation. “We have a good cross-section of people – senior citizens, retirees, stay-at-home moms, families, young professionals,” says Benien. “All American appeals to a wide variety of people because it’s affordable and offers a comfortable atmosphere.”
For moms and dads who can’t find a regular babysitter during their workouts, supervised childcare is available as part of the membership package. For two hours per visit, children ages eight weeks through 11 years will be taken care of in the Kids Fun Zone. Children 12 years and older are allowed in all areas of the club when included on a family membership.
Whatever kind of workout you’re interested in – cardio, strength training, group classes, swimming or racquetball – All American Fitness most likely offers it. Cardio equipment options include stair steppers, cycles, ellipticals, crosstrainers, treadmills and adaptive motion trainers (AMTs). Group classes are very popular; you can get fit with your friends through kickboxing, step aerobics, Latin dance, Pilates, yoga, water workouts and more. Several classes are held each day at various times. All American Fitness offers the most advanced resistance equipment available, including Hammer Strength, Cybex Plateload, FreeMotion equipment and more. Private personal training is another option, if you’re looking to get some serious one-on-one attention.
Four All American Fitness locations are open in the Tulsa metropolitan area – 91st & Aspen in Broken Arrow, 31st & Garnett in East Tulsa, 69th & Lewis in South Tulsa, and east of Hwy. 169 behind Aldi’s in Owasso. Go online to www.allamericanfitness.net to learn more.
And remember, it’s not too late to make 2009 your healthiest, fittest year ever!
Sheryl Sowell was born and raised in Tulsa, OK. She graduated from Will Rogers High School and received her Bachelor of Arts in English from Northeastern State University in 2007. She has worked for Value News as editor, writer and advertising copywriter since 2008. She enjoys meeting and interviewing people for Value News articles, learning about their backgrounds, and helping to promote their businesses and local events. In her free time, she enjoys reading, trying new recipes and crafts from Pinterest, attending concerts and sporting events, and spending time with family and friends. Sheryl lives in Tulsa with her fiancé Paul, their daughter Scarlett, and their two dogs, Gunner and Boo.