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Janesville Athletic Club to be open 24-7

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Catherine W. Idzerda
August 16, 2010
— There’s the midnight pizza run, and then there’s the midnight run, period.

The first offers the opportunity for a sausage-and-mushroom-based food coma with a side of food regret.


The second offers the chance to burn off stress, improve cardiovascular fitness and, possibly, increase your metabolism—reducing the chance of a pizza-based waist and hip region.


In less than a month, the Janesville Athletic Club will offer its members the chance to run—or lift weights, climb stairs or cycle in place—24 hours a day.


“We’ve been thinking about it for the last year, and we’ve always had requests for extended hours,” said Mark Groshan, club owner.


Now, staffing and safety issues surrounding being open all night have been solved to Groshan’s satisfaction.


The club, which has about 3,000 members, is now open until 10 p.m. Monday to Thursday, 9 p.m. Friday and 7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.


The new hours will require minor construction: A new door will lead almost directly into the club’s fitness room that is home to treadmills and cardio equipment.


The club’s four weight rooms, locker rooms and women’s fitness area will also be open.


The pool and basketball, tennis and racquetball courts will be closed.


“We don’t really get much call for a tennis match or basketball games in the middle of the night,” Groshan said.


Members who want to work out during the night will be given key fobs that will get them into the building.


Throughout the night, two staff people will in the building, and video cameras have been added in the workout areas.


Necklaces with “panic buttons” will be available for people who are nervous about being at the club late at night.


In addition to those changes, the club plans to reduce rates for a limited time.


“In the 11 years I’ve been here, we’ve raised rates three times, and we only raised it once for existing members,” Groshan said.


In part, the upcoming reductions are a response to the economy, but they’re also part of the club’s 25th anniversary celebration, Groshan said.



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