By: Carol Beck-Round | Category: Health & Fitness | Issue: January 2013
Dr. Kyle Hrdlicka (pictured) and Leslie Cohen, owners of Fitness Time for Ladies.
With an additional 1,000 square feet, vaulted ceilings, a suspended wood floor in the aerobic room and other amenities, Fitness Time for Ladies is open for business in their new location at the North Park Medical Center located at the corner of Highway 66 North and Lowery Road.
The new 5,000-square-foot gym – for women only – includes a much larger aerobic room with a little over 1,000 square feet to accommodate the growing demand for Zumba fitness classes, step and regular aerobics, yoga, and kickboxing.
The former facility’s location did not allow room for growth, says Dr. Kyle Hrdlicka, owner. “We had a lot of requests for a larger Zumba room, but we had no capability to grow at our former location.”
A larger facility and room to grow were two reasons Dr. Hrdlicka cited for the move. “We also have many clients who live on this side of town in the Sequoyah area. This move provides a facility to meet the needs of the women in this area.”
In addition to the increased space for classes, Fitness Time for Ladies now offers four tanning beds and two showers and includes all-new audio and video surveillance equipment throughout the building. “We also have a children’s room available for mothers and a security system so that they can view their children on the closed circuit televisions while working out,” says Dr. Hrdlicka. “We do not, however, offer child care.”
What sets Fitness Time for Ladies apart from other gyms in the Claremore area? Besides being for women only, the atmosphere is personal, private, clean and aesthetically pleasing. It is also an all-inclusive gym, which means that there are no extra charges for fitness classes or tanning. “Many gyms charge extra for their classes,” says Dr. Hrdlicka. “We do not. When you pay your monthly fee, you have full use of our facility, including tanning. You get the whole gym for the price of a tanning membership.”
The all-inclusive membership, if paid monthly, is $49.05. However, if paid in advance, the membership fee is only $40 per month or $480 for a year. Rates have not increased, but the facility has more to offer in the way of space, additional equipment and tanning beds. High school and college students are now eligible for a discount at $43.99 per month, which includes the full use of amenities.
The upscale 24/7 women’s fitness center also offers a full line of aerobic exercise equipment, including treadmills, stationary bicycles, stair steppers and elliptical machines, all outfitted with televisions.
In addition to classes and aerobic equipment, Fitness Time for Ladies offers Nautilus strength training equipment as well as free weights to help club members get in tip-top shape. “For the women who get overwhelmed when they walk into a gym full of equipment, a personal trainer is available on Saturday at 10:30 a.m. for a new member orientation session on all of the gym equipment,” he adds. “And it’s free.”
What else is free? The all-inclusive gym includes use of the sauna and a massage chair. “When you compare Fitness Time to other gyms, you need to compare apples to apples,” says Dr. Hrdlicka. “If you add up everything available at our gym, you will find that if you paid for them separately at others, we come out on top. In addition, we pride ourselves on having a clean gym. We are very particular about staying clean and keeping this place a personal, private atmosphere for our ladies. We want the gym to feel like it is an extension of their home.”
Home for the relocated women’s gym is now next door to Mobility Plus and immediately behind Tulsa Teachers Credit Union. The name and faces are the same; only the location has changed as Fitness Time for Ladies opens its doors to a brighter, larger facility to accommodate area women’s fitness needs.
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.