DANIELS — Pedaling away on stationary bikes in the right corner of the newly opened Performance Physical Therapy & Fitness, a mother-daughter duo chat as they sweat.
“I’m trying to ward off health problems,” shared Marilyn Brewster, of Daniels. “I’m pre-diabetic, I have high blood pressure, and heart disease runs in my family. My mom just had three stints put in three days ago.”
Brewster’s daughter, Jennifer Thompson, of Jumping Branch, is looking out for her health, too.
“I have PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome),” Thompson explained. “For every 10 pounds I lose, my chances of getting pregnant go up by 30 percent.”
The two anxiously awaited the opening of Performance’s fitness center, checking social media regularly for updates.
“We came ready to work out the first day they announced they were open on Facebook,” Brewster said with a laugh.
Located only 3 miles from the facility, she plans to come daily — primarily for cardio, but also for some strength training.
“It’s nice,” she said. “We’ve never had to wait. They always have enough equipment so you can use what you want.”
She worked out at home prior to the fitness center’s opening, but she said she finds herself getting a better workout at Performance.
“At home, I could do the elliptical for half an hour, and the bike for half an hour, for an hour total, but I wasn’t getting the workout I am here... I’m more motivated.”
Since joining on opening day in mid-May, Brewster has lost 5 pounds so far.
Thompson said she especially enjoys the ability to track her workouts with the equipment — users simply download an app, scan the barcode on the machine, and then track their progress.
“As soon as we heard this was going to be a gym,” Thompson said, “this is where we wanted to go.”
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Performance Physical Therapy & Fitness Manager Matt Lacek said the concept for the facility started after seeing a need for their physical therapy patients.
“It started as us wanting to provide a place for patients finishing physical therapy to have a place to continue, so they don’t do all this hard work to get better and then stop doing everything,” Lacek said. “Never in anybody’s wildest dreams did we think it would turn into this.”
The 14,000-square-foot facility is home not only to physical therapy, but to gym equipment of all types, a workout studio for group exercise, a spin class section, locker rooms equipped with saunas and a golf simulator.
Lacek, who is also a physical therapy assistant, said as clients come through the entrance, they take the left door for physical therapy and right for fitness.
Inside the fitness area, which is 8,000 square feet, equipment is sectioned into categories — weight machines, free standing weights and cardio equipment, such as treadmills, ellipticals and stationary bikes.
In a separate room, group exercise classes are offered as part of the membership package. Classes include yoga, cardio step, HIIT (high intensity interval training), and senior classes, such as chair yoga and low impact cardio. Drop-in classes are offered, too, so long as there’s space.
Lacek said group exercise participants can check in on an app and secure their place in class.
The fitness center, which is open 24/7, has alarms installed if EMS needs to be notified, and pendants (similar to LifeAlert) for anyone who wishes to wear one.
The only item not included in a membership is the golf simulator, which includes 54 courses for users to play.
“It’s like a video game,” Lacek said. “You hit an actual ball. You can play 18 holes with your buddies, or you can put it on driving range mode and work on your swing.”
The golf simulator costs $20 per hour, no matter the group size.
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Performance Physical Therapy & Fitness owners Angie and James Beaver have been working on the new facility since late 2017.
At the grand opening Wednesday, Lacek said despite a few minor setbacks delaying the anticipated April opening, “We’ve been fortunate that everything has fallen into place.”
He said if a client is interested in something in particular — classes or equipment or otherwise — just ask.
“If there’s something somebody needs or somebody wants, as long as it’s within reason, (owners James and Angie) will get it,” Lacek said. “They’ll make sure that people are getting the service they want.”
He continued, “We’re here for them. We want people to be able to get what they want when they come here.”
Membership rates are being offered at a discounted rate for the next four weeks. Discounted rates are $29.99 per month for individuals; $49.99 per month for a family of four or fewer; and $59.99 per month for a family of five or more. If clients purchase their membership within the four-week timeframe, the discounted rate will remain in place for one year.
Contracts are not required during the next four weeks. When normal rates go into effect, members will have to sign a one-year contract.
“We’re trying to keep the rates as low as we can because we want people to be able to use the facility,” Lacek said.
He encourages residents to come in and check out the facility, at 2286 Ritter Drive in Daniels.
For more information, call 304-237-5585, visit performanceptwv.com, or check them out on Facebook or Twitter.
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