Fitness is now addressed through Lincoln County, from east to west.
It Figures, which opened in July, offers a 30-minute workout circuit focusing on cardio and strength training for men and women.
Owner Debbie Logan said she wanted to provide a fitness center for the west Lincoln area.
â€œThe closest place used to be Lincolnton and Hickory,â€ Logan said. â€œA lot of people may work out in the area where they work, but most people would rather go somewhere that is in a five to seven mile radius of where they live.â€
Being a west Lincoln resident herself, Logan said she wanted a place to work out as well.
â€œI wanted to give people a place close by, I know that I donâ€™t have a lot of time,â€ Logan said. â€œIf people have to drive 30 minutes to go work out they may do it for a while, but in the long run they will not do it.â€
Amanda Ellis of Vale just joined the fitness center in order to tone up.
â€œI want to get ready for summer next year so I wanted to get started now,â€ Ellis said. â€œItâ€™s a good hobby for women.â€
Wilma Hull, who works at the center, said all of the women that come in are losing inches.
â€œThey love it, they are so dedicated,â€ Hull said.
Even Hull herself who has started working out has noticed a change mentally and physically.
â€œIt gives you more energy,â€ she said.
Logan and her daughter, Sally trained for over a week in Tulsa, Okla. in order to become certified to open the center.
Loganâ€™s daughter, who is a student at Appalachian, comes in to help out with the workout routine on Saturday mornings.
She thinks the Saturday workout offers a fun way to start the day.
â€œIt is called a weekend warrior burn where we shake things up,â€ Logan said. â€œIt offers lower resistance and aerobics.â€
Each Saturday they try to do something different to keep things interesting.
â€œWe encourage women to get up on Saturday morning, brush their teeth, put on their tennis shoes and come as you are,â€ she said. â€œThat way everyone is comfortable and it will give you more energy for the rest of the day.â€
The machines that are in the circuit workout can be adjusted from one to 10 suit each personâ€™s needs. Most women complete the circuit anywhere from two to three times in one session in order to get a complete workout.
But Logan said the program is not just for women.
â€œWe wanted a machine that our members would not outgrow,â€ she said. â€œOnce you reach a certain level you will hit a plateau, but we offer a more challenging workout.â€
Every four weeks, the center offers a weigh-in and measure in order to keep track of how much weight and inches women and men are losing.
Logan said the members range from young up to retired.
â€œThe biggest reward for me is when a person comes in who is scared,â€ she said. â€œBut once they get on the machines the look on their face changes, and they are not afraid anymore. It is a look of hope.â€
It Figures is located on N.C. 27, in the West Lincoln Plaza. The center is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., and Tuesday and Thursday from 2 to 9 p.m. There are special hours for co-ed exercising. For more information call 704-276-3095.
by Amy Wadsworth