Carpenter, plumbing, electric and flooring crews have been busy this fall getting the new PR Fitness building in shape for its highly anticipated early January opening.
PR Fitness is an expansion of the former Prairie Ridge Hospital and Health Services Wellness Center that will be closing in the old hospital building. The new PR Fitness will feature 24-hour, seven days a week access for members, an expanded cardio fitness room, group exercise room and classroom, sauna, and a greatly expanded strength training room, all under the roof of the former Elbow Lake Plumbing and Heating building in downtown Elbow Lake.
PR Fitness will also feature a supervisor, Shadow Olson, who will be on hand to teach people how to use the equipment, teach group exercise classes as well as personal training.
Olson is a 2011 graduate of Morris Area High School where she was an active student/athlete, competing in volleyball, basketball and track. She finished a four year degree in Exercise Science at Moorhead State University in three years with a minor in Strength Training and Conditioning. She is a Certified Fitness Trainer who worked at the MSU Wellness Center during her college years and at the Regional Fitness Center in Morris. Olson will be available to PR Fitness members Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, hours to be determined by need.
Missy Wetterling, PRHHS public relations director said the goal is to open PR Fitness as close to January 1, 2015 as possible.
“Our goal to open around then looks good,” she said.
Wetterling said their goal is to disrupt the 50 to 60 people who use the current Wellness Center as little as possible during the changeover, which she hopes can be done in one day. That is because most of the cardio and strength training equipment in the new PR Fitness will be brand new.
“We are bringing over some of the treadmills, but we will have new ones too so there will be no waiting to get on a machine,” said Wetterling.
There will be three levels of membership available at PR Fitness: A single membership, which gives you full access to the building and all the equipment 24 hours a day, seven days a week with a swipe card; a Joint Membership for couples; and a Family Membership for the entire family. With the Family Membership children 12 to 15 can have access with supervision and family members 16 and over can have access without supervision.
“We hope to see student athletes use the strength equipment to keep in shape,” said Olson, “Especially on weekends, during the summer or between sport seasons.”
Olson will be available to orient members on the equipment and the facility and give advice on workout routines to members. For an extra fee she can become your personal trainer, with a consultation to set goals, the setting up of a program to meet those goals, and monitoring your progress as you work towards those goals.
Olson will also offer group fitness workouts and classroom sessions to members for an extra fee.
“We will also be offering a Corporate Membership, where businesses can offer their employees a membership in PR Fitness as a benefit.
“We are starting the Corporate Membership program off right here are PRHHS,” said Wetterling. “That will mean around 100 new members for PR Fitness.”
The facility will have a small lobby area where members can remove shoes and utilize a cubby. There are also three private showers, including a handicapped accessible shower.
Wetterling said when she starting thinking about a logo for PR Fitness she came upon a puzzle piece she really liked, and suddenly the phrase came to her “The missing piece to your daily routine.”“We think with the downtown location, PR Fitness will be a very popular place, and hope it will indeed be part of people’s daily routine.”