WEIRTON - Area residents looking for a workout any time of day can do just that at the new Anytime Fitness, which opened in Weirton Thursday.
The new Anytime Fitness club, located at 218 Park Drive, near the Wal-Mart Supercenter in Weirton, offers a variety of fitness equipment manufactured by Life Fitness, as well as tanning and other features. It is all available 24 hours a day.
It joins the club located in the Hollywood City Center in Steubenville.
"Now there are two clubs in the area for one membership fee," owner Arieh Ordronneau said.
As the latest of approximately 1,700 locations in the country, if someone joins the Weirton club, their membership is good at any other location.
Thursday was filled with new members coming in to pick up their keys and other information, with some new members signing up and even a few people getting some use of the fitness equipment.
The new Anytime Fitness, located at 218 Park Drive near the Wal-Mart Supercenter, officially opened for business Thursday. The club allows members to work out any time of the day. -- Craig Howell
The Weirton Anytime Fitness club features a variety of equipment from Life Fitness. On opening day Thursday, some members had already started using the facility. -- Craig Howell
"The first day is just a wild flurry of activity," Ordronneau said.
According to Ordronneau, the Weirton community has embraced Anytime Fitness, and he sees the club having a good base of members before the weather begins warming up.
"Our presales were double what Steubenville was," he said, adding memberships also were triple what the company normally expects from a franchise opening. "It's been very well received."
Ordronneau said many of the members are area residents who commute to Pittsburgh for work, noting the Weirton club is convenient for their morning or evening drives.
"They can hop off and get to the club in a couple of minutes," he said.
The Weirton location of Anytime Fitness is approximately 5,200 square feet, with cardio equipment near the front, strength training items in the center and weights and other items near the back. A tanning facility also is located in the building.
One of the features most notable with Anytime Fitness is the inclusion of Fitness on Request, which allows members of take a variety of fitness classes made available through a touch-screen computer system.
For more information on the Weirton club, call (304) 748-9200 or go online to www.anytimefitness.com.
(Howell can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org)