RANDOLPH — After much curiosity and anticipation among community members, Brick Fitness welcomed the public to its facility at 129 Main St. with a Grand Opening on Oct. 30.
The event gave people the opportunity to stop in for a tour to check out the equipment and available memberships. The first 10 members received a free Brick Fitness T-shirt.
Owners Lacy Roldan and her husband, José, have been busy transforming the space formerly occupied by the Yarn for Ewe shop since May. Lacy said it took a complete renovation to make the former storefront into a fitness center.
“We redid every single square-foot in this gym, as far as painting,” she said. “We put in a new carpet, a new rubber floor and new windows in the back. We also built the bathroom and the two changing rooms in the back.”
According to Lacy, members have access to 15 strength machines and seven cardio machines (treadmills). There is also a stretch area and a free-weight area.
They give people a tour before selling them a membership, she said. If a member has never used these pieces of equipment, they will teach them how to operate the machines.
People can sign up for a membership and receive instruction during manager hours on Monday 4–6 p.m. only, Tuesday through Friday from 9–11 a.m. and 4–6 p.m. Members will be given a key fob for access to the gym that is open seven days a week from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m.
There are several different monthly membership options to choose from that will fill people’s needs. Lacy said she encourages senior citizens to come in and use the facility at a discounted membership price.
A Single Membership (one adult 18 years or older), $30 per month; Joint (both members must be an adult 18 years or older living at the same address and billed to one account), $50; Family (adults, up to two, and minors between 13-17 years old) living at the same address and billed to one account, $70. Senior Citizens (adults, 65 and older, and disabled veterans, $20 per month.
Some people may prefer to pay $15 for one week at a time. A one-time $35 card access/programming fee is due at signing.
“We were hoping for at least 10 members to sign up on Grand Opening Day, but we had 30 people buy memberships,” Lacy said. “It was wonderful and definitely shocking for us.”
The couple’s main goal is to promote health and fitness in their community. Although this is their first time owning a fitness center and they do not have experience in the fitness industry, Lacy said they both have a passion for sports and fitness.
Lacey was born and raised in Randolph and José is from Jamestown. They have a daughter, Audrina (7) and a son, Andres (3).
Some people may ask why they decided to open a fitness center in Randolph. According to Lacy, their reason began with the closing of the two Snap Fitness locations in Jamestown and the town of Ellicott, in March, where José was working out regularly.
She said the fitness centers were open for about 10 years and, when they closed, it was hard to find another smaller gym where people would feel comfortable working out.
“We’ve been living in Randolph for two years now and we thought, ‘Why not open something in Randolph?’” she said. “I’ve actually thought about the idea since high school because I was into sports. I’ve always been very athletic and played volleyball my whole life, so I’ve always wished there was a fitness center closer to us.”
Lacy said other people in the community feel the same way. She said some who have come in and joined up commented that they don’t want to risk their life driving to Jamestown in the winter, and this location will save them time.
“They can get in at least a half-hour workout during the two hours it would take just to get to a gym elsewhere,” she said.
For more details on membership fees and special rates, call 499-7988 or visit Brick Fitness on Facebook.
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