SBJ for 9.8.19 Health Club

Caleb Beller helps Logan Monks with a set on the bench at the Health Club. The Health Club will take over the Fitness One building at 2301 36th Ave NW. 

In less than two weeks, the Health Club of Norman Regional Health System is moving to a new location.

And they aren’t wasting anytime.

The Health Club is moving from their 25-year location at 3720 W. Robinson Ave to 2301 36th Ave NW, which is currently the location of Fitness One. The Health Club is planning on having a normal business day on Sept. 16 before closing the building for good at 10 p.m. Then, The Health Club will resume business in their new business at 4:30 a.m. the next day, Sept. 17.

Shawn Magee, The Health Club Manager, said they are trying not to waste any time moving into the new building.

“It’s been a busy time, that’s for sure,” said Magee. “We’re basically moving everything in the middle of the night so that our members will be able to arrive in the morning just like normal.”

Despite the quick transition, the change has big things in store for The Health Club. One of the biggest changes is the hours of business, where the new location will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The current business hours are 5 a.m. - 10 p.m. on weekdays, and 7 a.m. - 7 p.m. on weekends.

“This is just one of the ways that the new location will increase flexibility for our members,” said Toby Branum, director of ambulatory services and wellness for The Health Club.

In addition to the new hours, Magee said The Health Club members will have access to more services in the new building. These services include Assault AirRunner treadmills, a spin studio, cedar sauna, functional training turf area and a stretching loft. Child care hours will also be expanded in the new facility, along with more group classes and training options.

Branum said the current Fitness One location was the ideal location for two major reasons.

“First, the new building is in our vicinity,” Branum said. “It’s just three quarters of a mile from our current location. Second, it allows us to get bigger and offer more services and options for our members. We want to bring over as many Fitness One Personal as possible and keep as many of their other classes as possible. They have a little bit more of a robust selection.”

To help with the transition, Branum said they are looking to assist current Fitness One members. The Health Club will be honoring current Fitness One memberships through the end of the month, and they are also offering to wave any annual fees until the beginning of 2020 for anyone who decides to start a new membership with the Health Club.

They are also offering all current Fitness One employees the opportunity to continue their employement with the Health Club.

“Our goal is to make this a win-win for The Health Center and Fitness One,” Magee said. “We want to make this as seamless of a transition as possible, and we’re bringing on any of the staff members that want to stay. Nobody is losing out and it’s a great opportunity for everyone involved.”

The next steps for Fitness One are unclear, but Deb Trapper, public relations director for Fitness One, wanted to thank all current members and employees of Fitness One.

“Fitness One is pleased to collaborate with Norman Regional Hospital to transition our Norman, OK club into their operations,” Trapper wrote in an emailed statement. “All Fitness One members will be released from their memberships and refunded any unused prepaid amounts after September 17th. It’s been our pleasure to serve the Norman Community. We have no comment regarding further locations in the Oklahoma City Market.”

For more information on The Health Club and its new location, visit www.thehealthclubnorman.com/index.html

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