It's no secret, "we" have a weight problem. So whenever America has a problem, the entrepreneurs get busy.
Gyms have been aroundfor decades, and have had a devoted following since the advent of the industry. As obesity rates continue to soar, the percentage of people belonging to health clubs has doubled over the past 20 years, and the industry itself is evolving to meet the needs of its customers.
Alas, Statesboro has another entrant into the gym field. Scott and Jennifer Bohlke recently opened a Snap Fitness franchise at the corner of Brannen Street and Lovett Road in the former location of Pets and People.
The Bohlke's, a physician and former nurse respectively, felt the fitness center was a natural adjunct to Scott Bohlke's medical practice in Brooklet - Bohler Family Practice.
"The reality is that no one is entirely sure what the delivery of medicine is going to look like in the future," Jennifer Bohlke said. "We don't know what access people will have to medical care. Because of that, it is paramount that people live as healthy a lifestyle as possible, and exercise is a vital part of that."
Snap Fitness is a 24/7 workout facility with everything from weights to fitness classes. Following an industry trend, Snap Fitness does not require contracts: members pay month-to-month and may freeze memberships when not using them.
"The price for a membership is very reasonable, and is structured for a maximum amount of flexibility," Bohlke said. "You aren't locked into anything long term. We want it to be as convenient as possible for people to work out."
Bohlke said even though the gym is open around-the-clock, it is very slow during the day, but really picks up starting around 4 p.m. "I have been amazed at the traffic pattern," she said. "Believe it or not, our busiest time is in the middle of the night, from 3 to 4 a.m. It is either people getting off of work, or those exercising before going to work. "
Bohlke said the grand opening of the gym is set for Sept. 25. "We have been open for several weeks, and have hit about half of our target number for membership," she said. "I can't believe it. Ninety percent of our members saw the gym when driving by it. I really feel that people are becoming more and more motivated."
Bohlke said she and her husband have plans to open additional locations, but haven't settled on anywhere specific at this time.
"I'm not sure where number two will be," she said. "It could be anywhere from Savannah to Charleston, we'll just have to see."
So, until next Tuesday, I bid you au revoir.
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