By: Deanna Rebro | Category: Other | Issue: January 2014
Personal trainer Lara Myers gives one-on-one instruction to Fit For Her member Jennifer Palmer.
All fitness centers are not created equal. From the moment you walk through the doors of Fit For Her in Owasso, you know this is not a typical gym. High up, on the third floor of 9500 N. 129th E. Ave., the workout area has windows all around that overlook the city. There’s a feeling of openness among the gleaming cardio stations and workout machines. The entire 6,400-square-foot facility is pristine, just like a lady would want. After all, Fit For Her was designed entirely from a woman’s point of view.
The dressing room looks more like a luxury hotel than a gym. Mahogany lockers, granite countertops and individual tile showers are just a few of the many premium amenities. A large sauna and two massage chairs can make any lady feel pampered. If that’s not enough, tanning, included with all memberships, provides the look of sunshine year-round.
Owner Adana Gittelman recalls talking with friends about the things they liked and disliked about their gym experiences. Adana made notes and began putting together a plan for a special gym where ladies could exercise, receive nutritional guidance, pamper themselves, and equally important, make friends and have fun.
In March of 2005, Fit For Her opened its doors. “Each year we have grown,” says Adana. “The ladies tell their friends and co-workers, and soon we have new members.” These members range from exercise novices to fitness competitors.
Fit For Her is open 24/7, yet extraordinarily secure. Ladies can come during staffed hours or any time via an electronic access fob.
Two special play rooms resembling playhouses are designed just for kids, so they are occupied while Mom exercises. Closed circuit television lets her keep an eye on them from anywhere in the gym.
Several years ago, the upscale facility added a 2,400-square-foot fitness and aerobics studio that has the only DIN Standard compliant flooring system for high impact aerobics in the Owasso area. It offers the highest possible degree of shock absorption to ensure safety and performance in aerobic exercise. Moving about is easier, without “catching” ankles, and knees are not stressed from impact or twisting.
A monthly schedule of day and evening classes lets members choose from a variety of workouts that range from light exercise to high intensity calorie burning sessions. Ladies of all ages take part in Zumba, Tabata, barre, pump (RIP), PIYO, yoga, step combo, interval training (HIIT), and sculpting classes. The monthly schedule is published on the Fit For Her website. Any up-to-the minute changes are updated on Facebook.
As instructors go through the moves and demonstrate proper form, they also demonstrate modifications for lower or higher intensity workouts. Most of the instructors are also certified personal trainers. “Our one-on-one and group personal training packages are very popular,” says Adana. “We have the best trainers and rates in the business.”
"We've had members who've been with us since the beginning," says Adana. She believes that although their offerings and their prices can’t be beat, there is another big difference that sets them apart; it’s the way they treat their members. Everyone who comes through the door is greeted with a smile. They make it a point to learn names and to make the ladies feel welcome. “This is really their gym,” Adana explains. “Without these ladies, we would not have a business. We are so blessed to serve our members.”
To anyone who is thinking about fitness, exercise or weight management, her suggestion is to “just get started.” Stop in during staffed hours for a no-pressure tour or a no-obligation fitness evaluation. Learn what exercises are best for your circumstances and what you need to do to reach your goals.
The gym, classes and tanning are all included in one low monthly fee. There are no additional annual maintenance fees at Fit For Her. Staff hours are 10 to 8 Monday through Friday and 10 to 3 on Saturdays. The gym is open 24/7. The lights are always on for you.
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Deanna Rebro has worked in the publishing industry 30+ years, including eight years writing for Value News. She has also worked in real estate for the past six years. Deanna graduated from Kent State University in Kent, Ohio with a B.A. in Journalism. Outside of work, she serves as Vice President on the Board of Directors for Pet Adoption League. “Every story I write is a learning experience,” she said.
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