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Official:?Family Fitness Center maintains quality public wants

March 4, 2011

PARKERSBURG - Family Fitness Center continues to work with its membership to meet the quality the community wants, an official said.

"We have finished with renovations and additions and are continuing to focus on our members," said Louie Haer, manager of the facility.

The facility at 2804 Birch St. in Parkersburg offers a wide range of services that include medically licensed massage therapists, a snack bar and high pressure tanning beds.

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Family Fitnes Center at 2804 Birch St., Parkersburg, continues to listen to members to make the facility a better place by starting new classes, adding new equipment and providing entertainment, such as televisions in the cardiovascular room.

"We want to offer our members everything they can think of," Haer said.

This is accomplished by having members complete surveys that list what they want to do at the health club as well as what they would like to get out of being a member of Family Fitness Center.

"This is the members' club," Haer said. "The center does not belong to the staff or management, it belongs to the members completely."

Along with classes, trained and certified staff members who are always available and adding new equipment, the center wants to give members a reason to stay.

"We take care of our loyal members and offer them rewards and incentives to thank them for being with us for so long," Haer said.

Many of those incentives have been the renovations and additions since 2003. In the past few years, the center has replaced the roof over the gym, expanding the parking lot and renovated the women's locker room.

The center has gone through an ongoing effort to give members what they want and expect in a fitness center. In 2007, the facility finished renovations that began several years earlier.

Since 2008, the facility has finished renovations on the cardiovascular room as well as televisions and satellite radio for members using the stationary bikes and step machines. There were also dozens of new treadmills added with televisions to entertain people as they exercise.

The cardiovascular room was given two steps up to allow for more floor space and to keep people from having to walk around machines to get to the one they wish to use.

In 2006, the building was given a new entrance way and an expanded lobby to allow better wheelchair access and better placement of the reception desk. The entrance now includes stairs and an elevator in a 20-feet by 20-feet extension off of the front of the building to make the front entrance the only entrance into the building.

The biggest changes in recent years include the new swimming pool and pool building in 2005 and a converted racquetball court and the new elevator in 2003.

The new pool has two sides, divided by a wall to allow separate sections for lap swimmers and aquatic classes. The division allows for a difference in temperature between the two sides for different activities to go on at once.

The racquetball court renovations were the largest construction project three years ago. Blueprints called for workers to convert the once 40-by-40 foot courts into two separate 20-by-40 rooms, with one room sitting on top of the other. The project added 600 square feet to the center.

The converted courts are now rooms for free weights, spinning classes and aerobics equipment.

The free weights move doubled the amount of space members currently have to work out in.

The center is under the umbrella of Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital, but operates as its own limited liability company.



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