By Lisa Shrewsberry
Mick Bates, Bodyworks CEO and physical therapist, is practicing what he preaches, creating opportunities for better health in West Virginia, by opening a second location in Pineville.
Bates is hosting a private dedication Thursday from 3 to 5 p.m. at 454 Appalachian Highway, W.Va.10, the new Wyoming County location. The health facility opens to the public Friday.
Bates explained Bodyworks-Pineville will be staffed weekly Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., with 24 hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week access for members, secured and monitored like the Bodyworks’ Beckley facility.
“Everyone only has so much time in a day to work out. Now, there are no excuses,” Bates stated.
Those who become Bodyworks-Pineville members will also be allowed to exercise at the Beckley location when they come to Raleigh County.
“Beckley is a hub for people from Wyoming County to come and shop and now when they do, they can also workout. But for them to have to come to Beckley three to five times a week for exercise was not an option. Health is not always about bad choices. Sometimes it’s about having choices,” Bates stated.
Bodyworks Inc., said Bates, is familiar with the residents of Wyoming County and their needs, having maintained a physical therapy satellite clinic there for the last 10 years. He said his goal is to make being healthy more accessible and affordable, offering six-month memberships for $150 now through July 1.
Bates purposefully scheduled his opening to coincide with West Virginia’s Sesquicentennial, commenting, “We want to make the next 150 years healthier for the state.”