By: Carol Beck-Round | Category: Health & Fitness | Issue: January 2012
Fitness Time staff and owners (L to R): Ashley Long; Sara Roberts; Dr. Kyle Hrdlicka, owner; Leslie Cohen, owner; and Cassidy Meisinger (seated). (Not pictured: Ladonna Bolen, Kate Cagle, Erin Steidley and Claire Tanner.)
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.
Since Dr. Kyle Hrdlicka and his sister, Leslie Cohen, purchased the fitness facility almost two years ago, their goal has been to incorporate all aspects of a woman’s health into the business.
“As a doctor who does a lot of aesthetic skin care using nonsurgical techniques, I thought it would be a good fit,” says Dr. Hrdlicka. “Our vision was to create an overall female wellness center.”
Fitness Time does just that. If you sign up for their premium package, which is a one-year pre-pay plan, you not only save money, but you receive two free laser hair reduction sessions and one free hour with the gym’s personal trainer. You also receive a free access key to the 24/7 fitness center, located at 900 E. Will Rogers Blvd.
Personal trainer and fitness class instructor Tami Rice works with a client at Fitness Time for Ladies.
Other packages include a six-month pre-pay with a free access key, one free laser hair reduction and one hour with the personal trainer. With a three-month pre-paid membership, you receive a free access key, which usually costs $15, a one-time fee.
Some gyms require a contract, but Fitness Time for Ladies does not. Members can pre-pay for three, six or 12 months and save money, but you can also pay monthly. “You are not bound by a contract,” says Cohen.
Fitness Time 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. We do not separate our services.”
Classes at Fitness Time include Zumba, step aerobics, aerobics, kickboxing and yoga. To see the monthly schedule, go to www.fitnesstimeforladies.com. Cohen teaches Zumba classes and, according to Dr. Hrdlicka, she has accommodated those who wanted a Sunday afternoon class by adding it to the schedule. “Our class schedules have more than doubled since we opened,” he adds.
The upscale ladies fitness center offers a full line of aerobic exercise equipment, including treadmills, stationary bicycles, stair steppers and elliptical machines, which are all outfitted with televisions.
“We also have a child care room available for mothers and a security system so that they can view their children on the closed circuit TVs while working out,” says Dr. Hrdlicka. “We do not, however, offer child care.”
In addition to classes and aerobic equipment, Fitness Time offers Nautilus strength training equipment as well as free weights to help club members get in tip-top shape. “For those women who get a deer-in-the-headlight look when they walk into a gym full of equipment, a personal trainer is available on Saturday mornings at 10:30 a.m. for an orientation session on all of the gym equipment,” adds Dr. Hrdlicka, “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.”
Gift certificates are available. “They make wonderful gifts for that woman in your life,” says Cohen. “With Valentine’s Day coming up, it might be a good time to give them the gift of fitness.”
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.