Franklin Health and Fitness Center has undergone a major upgrade with recent renovations making the establishment a stateof- the-art facility. Many of the center’s former features are still available, such as the heated swimming pool, weight room and complimentary child care, but now boasts many new features.
The cardio room, which contains workout bikes, stairmasters and treadmills, has been expanded with 12 new pieces of equipment added. Among the new additions are the center’s four new virtual reality exercise bicycles, which are equipped with a monitor that depicts the user as they are riding the bike, and simulates the environment. Each piece of equipment now has its own television to boot.
For more of an intense bike workout, the center has added a “Spinning Studio,” an enclosed soundproof room which holds 15 workout bicycles that closely simulate an actual bicycle when ridden. Instructor James Smith leads groups in a workout augmented with music that helps inspire high energy exercises. Each class is 45 minutes to an hour long, depending on intensity.
“It’s a straight cardio workout,” explained Rodney Morris, coowner of the center. “The atmosphere and low-impact workouts offer guests an aerobic exercise like no other.”
The group exercise room, where classes like Shotokan Karate, Yoga, aerobics and Tai Chi are taught, has been completely renovated. The floor of the rooms has been outfitted with 10,000 small rubber cushions to provide lower impact on the knees and hips of those using the room. The room provides for an “enhanced” group workout experience, according to Morris.
The locker rooms have also been renovated, along with the saunas. What was formerly the men’s and women’s locker rooms were combined into one, and have become the men’s. The brand new women’s locker room was constructed down the hall.
Brand new lockers, floors and showers were added, along with waterless urinals which save the facility approximately 100,000 gallons of water a year. The water in the facility itself is heated by solar energy. The locker rooms as a whole were constructed to resemble a European spa.
To top everything off, the center is now equipped with an Espresso bar and menu of assorted drinks, such as cappuccinos, lattes and other caffeinated favorites.
The center will be holding an Open House, showcasing the new additions on Saturday, Jan. 22, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The public is encouraged to stop by for food, prizes, live radio interviews, information booths, exercise demonstrations, free swimming, a grand prize drawing and much more.
For more information, contact Rodney Morris at (828)369-5608, or contact him at Rodney@franklinfitness center. com.