Fitness center is four years in the making

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November 10, 2007
— When Justin Schott first came to Evansville, the personal trainer couldn’t believe the city didn’t have a health club.

After a week, he said he recalls saying, “This place needs a fitness center. I want to work out here.”

He got to know people in the community over the last four years since moving here with his wife, an Evansville native, and the idea gained momentum. Schott always has wanted to own his own health club, and when a new retail center went up recently on the east side, Schott said the time was right.

“I think the community is ready for it,” he said.

Opening with an open house at 8 a.m. today is the new, secured, 24-hour-access Evansville Health Club, 821 Brown School Road.

The club features:

- Treadmills, elliptical and Ascent trainers and bicycle machines

- Plate-loaded equipment

- Free benches

- Total body circuit equipment

- Dumbbells

- Exercise and medicine balls

- Four flat-screen TVs

- Free orientation for members

A highlight of the club is the hours—members will have a keycard access to the club at any hour.

“It provides so much flexibility because of members’ schedules,” Schott said.

Because of that, a security system and video surveillance monitors the club and allows users to push emergency buttons throughout the building.

Schott will work at the club, offering yoga and Pilates packages as well as personal training sessions, but the club will not be staffed around the clock.

Schott is a certified personal trainer with a degree in exercise science and recreation management from UW-La Crosse and worked at the YMCA there. Most recently, he was the fitness manager at a YMCA in Madison.

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