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Park Rapids Anytime Fitness kicks off 2014 ‘resolutions’

Clients working on their New Years' resolutions. (Nick Longworth / Enterprise)

By Nick Longworth

Renovations and new ownership at the Park Rapids Anytime Fitness might make it a little easier to keep those New Year’s Resolutions this year. Well, at least the part about “working out” more anyways.

Local husband and wife Pete and Liz Stahnke have quietly owned Anytime Fitness since last May, but now the couple are ringing in the New Year with drastic changes to their gym - in the hopes of enticing others to shake up their daily routine just as much.

“We installed all new tile flooring and all new carpet. We re-painted all of the walls with a different color scheme and a mural rock wall with an inspirational chalkboard. We have new mats and we offer numerous different classes from cardio to fat burning to boot camps with our four personal trainers. We also replaced all the old cardio equipment with brand new equipment such as new treadmills and cross-trainers and two new bikes. From top to bottom it’s basically a brand new gym,” said Pete Stahkne, a lifetime hockey player who also serves as the Park Rapids varsity hockey coach.

“We have three bathrooms with showers that are fully equipped. Before work people can come in and also take a shower after their workout and get ready to go. We also offer two tanning beds” Liz said.

The couple are no strangers to business ownership within the Park Rapids community, having owned the Dairy Queen in town since 1998.

They both see benefit in not only a solid workout provided by their gym, but the social atmosphere that it can create – something they noticed when they were only still members.

“We’ve always been athletic and physically fit, we enjoy doing this. We had been coming here since it had been open anyways and we enjoy the people,” Liz said.

“It’s more than coming in and getting fit for your own good; it’s a good atmosphere and there are good people here. We met a lot of people here when we were members, not owners,” Pete said.

“Now that we’re owners, we just continue to meet good people of all age groups and lifestyles. People just don’t come to get in shape, it is a good social atmosphere. People smile coming in and they smile coming out; it’s a positive thing and we all drive each other to keep coming in. We’re getting each other motivated to be healthier.”

Anytime Fitness of Park Rapids is currently offering a New Year’s special on rates and some insurance companies such as Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota will provide discounts within health insurance plans for active gym members.

“(With the New Year’s special) we encourage people to

come in and take a peak. There are also a lot of programs with insurance companies where they will pay you to be an active gym member, so check with your insurance plan to see what is offered. A lot of them will offer half-priced membership, or even free memberships,” Liz said.

In all, the couple sees a bright future for both the community and the gym they own in it. With new ideas in motion, they will also look to bring classes outside once the weather becomes more conducive to doing so.

“In the spring we plan to put a patio by the outside grass area. We plan to offer outside classes in the elements of nature in also the summer months. There’s always the option of possibly expanding too. Our membership is growing which is exciting,” Liz said.

“In the future we’re also going to try to be more proactive about seeking out larger groups and applying group discounts. We already have corporate rates; if you have five or more employees you can get a different rate, but we want to promote it more,” Stahnke said.

Anytime Fitness staff hours of operation are Monday 10-6, Tuesday-Thursday 10-4 and Saturday 10-2.

Nick Longworth
A graduate from St. Cloud State University, Nick photographs and writes a variety of stories for nearly every section of The Park Rapids Enterprise. His duties also include section layouts and online content submission.
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