Bodyworks open to new members

A local fitness center that closed in May has reopened in a different capacity and is accepting members again.

Larry Wadsworth, of Bodyworks Fitness, 1550 W. Market St., said members are being accepted at the gym for $19.95 a month. He said if a couple signs up, the cost is an additional $10 monthly.

Wadsworth said tanning no longer is offered and many of the gym’s heavier free weights and plates have been sold. He said the heaviest dumbbells available are 35 pounds, but nearly all of the weightlifting machines and cardio machines still are in the facility.

Larry and his wife Diane Wadsworth learned that the 13,000-square-foot facility was to change ownership April 4, and the gym shut down regular operations in May.

Larry said people were upset when the location closed.

“We had so much support, though,” he said. “People really cared for us and for Bodyworks, they were devastated. Now, there’s a lot of happy campers. We’re still going to be here, in a smaller capacity, but we’re here.”

Wadsworth said he learned near the end of April that the building’s new owners, Nick and Shayna Fabrizio, would allow the gym to continue to function for people in the Silver Sneakers program, which is for people 65 years old and older. The gym also continued running for those 60 and older.

It was announced on the Bodyworks Fitness Facebook page Wednesday that the business would be accepting new members of all ages again.

Wadsworth credited Fabrizio for the continued operation of the gym.

“Nick Fabrizio came to us and he said, ‘I’d like for you guys to keep that senior program going here at the gym,'” Wadsworth said.

He said Fabrizio later came to he and Diane and said if people were satisfied with the remaining equipment, anyone could sign up.

Wadsworth said the facility’s hours now are 7:30 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Friday and 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday.

He said he believes middle-aged and older people likely still would be interested in joining the gym.

“Really, the heavier weights more or less pertain to the younger crowd,” he said. “We’ll maintain Bodyworks, the senior program and memberships for anybody.”

Larry said he’s happy Tiffin residents have another option for fitness.

“We’ve heard so much feedback on that, we’re giving people another option,” he said. “We’re lucky to have the YMCA, but not everybody wants to go to the Y. There are options now, that’s due to (the Fabrizios). They just wanted, as long as the people can be happy with the equipment we have here, let them come in.”

Larry said he’s happy to have Bodyworks open to the public again.

“People are excited about it,” he said.

Nick and Shayna agreed.

“For me, it’s been great,” Nick said. “We didn’t want to close Bodyworks. So through the process, working with Larry and Diane, they’re great people, they are pillars of the community, they are amazing. I am glad to have them involved.”

Shayna said keeping the Wadsworth’s at Bodyworks is a great partnership.

“I think they have a huge heart and a huge love of helping people,” she said. “They’ll be able to do that with their members, with their Silver Sneakers program … and we’ll be able to help them on the business end of things. They’ll have a lot less responsibility, which is great for them as they head into retirement, still doing what they love.”

Nick said there was an outpouring of support for the future of Bodyworks after he and Shayna bought the building.

“We thought because we were getting rid of some of the heavier equipment, we didn’t think there’d be a need for other members of the gym,” Shayna said. “What we found, there’s a lot of people that still want to come.”

Nick said all memberships will be month-to-month and there will be no long contracts or commitments because the building is to undergo renovations.

“Contracts aren’t yearlong, that way if they like it, great, if they don’t, great,” he said. “It’s going to be working through that process. We’re meeting with architects in the next week.”

Nick said the gym will likely stay open while renovations are ongoing because they aren’t to affect the gym area of the building. As part of the renovations, Nick said a business called Active Nutrition is to move onsite. He also plans to move his chiropractic and therapy offices to the building. The process is to occur over about the next six months, he said.

Shayna said the Active Nutrition group will offer healthy smoothies, coaching and individualized plans to help people meet their workout goals.

“We want them to have the whole package,” she said.

Nick said if people are interested in a wellness coach, they can contact him at (419) 618-9482.

He also said members who previously had contracts with Bodyworks when the business closed will have two free months added to their new contracts to cover the time when the gym was closed.

Those interested in joining the gym can visit or call Bodyworks (419) 447-0775 between 1-7 p.m. on weekdays.

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