By: Carol Beck-Round | Category: Health & Fitness | Issue: June 2014
Rhonda Conger, one of the personal trainers at Fitness Time for Ladies, is excited about the continued growth of the popular gym for women in the Claremore area.
After relocating last year to accommodate the growing needs of area women, Fitness Time for Ladies, a 24/7 facility, is in a two-phase process of expansion, according to Dr. Kyle Hrdlicka, owner. Because the former facility’s location on Highway 20 East did not allow room for growth, Dr. Hrdlicka moved the business to the current location last year to 3075 Medical Parkway at the corner of Highway 66 North and Lowery Road. Phase one of the expansion should be completed by the end of this month.
With the expansion, the overall square footage will increase from 4,400 to 6,000. “We are enlarging the Zumba room,” he says. Currently, the floor space for the popular women’s workout room is 700 square feet. When finished, the square footage will more than double to 1,500.
Six Zumba fitness classes are offered during the week. Recently, to add to the fun, a Zumba Glow class was held on a Friday evening. “The class was full,” says Dr. Hrdlicka. “Class members were dressed up in black glow clothes. Then they turned off the lights in all the rooms while they exercised. They had a lot of fun. The class instructors, Kayla, Tammy and Debra, plan to have another Glow Zumba class when the floor is completed.”
Other phase one expansion plans include the addition of All Motion Trainer (AMT) cardio bikes. According to Dr. Hrdlicka, the AMT bikes are a combination Stair Stepper and Elliptical Trainer, burning calories at a higher rate than other cardio equipment.
Another component of the phase one expansion includes the addition of 10 spin bikes and a spin class. For those ladies who enjoy kickboxing classes, phase one will also include the addition of kick bags.
The shower and bathroom facilities are being doubled to accommodate the growing membership at Fitness Time. More lockers are also being added.
Phase two expansion will begin later this year according to Dr. Hrdlicka, who is excited about the facility’s growth. With the expansion of the Infrared Sauna and the addition of more massage chairs, the amenities will create an oasis for members to relax and refresh after their workout. “We also plan to add a coffee and breakfast bar in the massage room,” he adds. “Many of our members exercise in the morning before work, then shower here and get dressed before leaving. We wanted to add the coffee and breakfast bar so they can grab both before heading out the door.”
In addition to Zumba fitness classes and kickboxing, Fitness Time offers step and regular aerobics, yoga, yoga flexibility mix, Piyo – a combination pilates/yoga class, Turbo Kick and Total Tone. To see the current schedule of classes, check out their website. If you “like” Fitness Time for Ladies on Facebook, you can also get daily updates on class changes and closings. Evening classes are 50 minutes long while classes during the lunch hour run 45 minutes.
A full line of aerobic exercise equipment, including treadmills, stationary bicycles, stair steppers and elliptical machines, all outfitted with televisions, as well as Nautilus strength training equipment and free weights help also club members get in tip-top shape.
A child care room with a security system is available so mothers can view their children on the closed circuit TVs while working out. They do not, however, offer child care.
Fitness Time is also an all-inclusive gym, which means there are no extra charges for fitness classes or tanning. When you pay your monthly fee, you have full use of the facility, including tanning. You get the whole gym for the price of a tanning membership. “What we are trying to do is to constantly keep adding and updating so women will be excited about coming in to work out in a nice environment,” says Dr. Hrdlicka.
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After 30 years in public school education, Carol Round retired and moved from Grand Lake to Claremore, Oklahoma in 2005, where she writes a weekly faith-based column which runs in 14 Oklahoma newspapers as well as several national and international publications. Three volumes of her columns have been compiled into collections: A Matter of Faith, Faith Matters and by FAITH alone. She has also written Journaling with Jesus: How to Draw Closer to God and a companion workbook, The 40-Day Challenge. This past year she has written three children’s books, a series called Nana’s 3 Jars, to teach children about the value of giving, saving and spending money. All of Carol’s books are available through Amazon. In addition to writing her weekly column, authoring books and speaking to women’s groups, she writes for Value News. She also blogs regularly at www.carolaround.com. When she is not writing or speaking, she loves spending time with her three grandchildren, working in her flowerbeds, shooting photos, volunteering at her church or going on mission trips overseas, and hiking. She is also an avid reader and loves working crosswords and trying to solve Sudoku puzzles.
3075 Medical Parkway | Claremore, OK 74019