(Michelle Felter, Staff)
The fitness center was purchased completely over the summer by Austin Tinsley, who also owns the Dexter and Poplar Bluff locations. And there have been quite a few changes, with more to come.
One of the biggest is the addition of a shake bar in the front of the building.
"Business there has been really good, mostly because it's so convenient," said Amy Johnson, manager. Shakes are made-to-order and can be made to help people gain weight, burn weight or build muscle. There are also supplement blends and add-ons, plus a special breakfast burner shake.
"There are several combinations," said Johnson. "And all the shakes can be modified -- for instance, you can make a builder a burner, a burner a gainer, or whatever you want."
The shakes are important to those working out because of the large amounts of protein in them -- which boosts metabolism, explained Johnson. "Protein helps you with whatever you're trying to do," she said. And with more people becoming health conscious in the New Year, she expects those to become even more popular and a workout staple for many.
There is even a "Happy Hour" for the shakes -- between 2 and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday, they are 20 percent off.
The center offers other merchandise to help its patrons get the most out of every workout, including protein bars, smoothies and supplement shots that can be taken before, during, or after a workout.
There is an Ozark Fitness Challenge to help motivate those working out. Staff members take a current photo of a person and measure them. Their profile is posted on a bulletin board and results are taken after three months. Whoever has the best success wins a free year's membership, two months tanning, three training sessions and five free shakes.
Staff members will measure patrons body fat level even if they aren't participating in the Ozark Fitness Challenge, Johnson added. And to give those exercising some new ideas, a "Workout of the Day" is posted on a whiteboard near the entrance.
The facility includes locker rooms and shower areas for men and women. The facility also includes areas with cardio-equipment, weight machines and free weights as well as a room set aside for aerobic classes.
A SWAT class, pilates and yoga are offered and included in gym membership. "And we're hoping to add more," said Johnson.
No certified trainer is currently on the team. "But the staff is all knowledgeable and willing to help anybody," said Johnson.
Johnson said Ozark Fitness is also in the process of adding new equipment. Owners have also discussed possible future expansions, which will likely mean a new location.
Tanning beds are also available for members only, Johnson pointed out. Lotions can be purchased there as well.
Connected to the fitness center is Ozark Physical Therapy. Physical and occupational therapy are offered there, in addition to VNA and employment testing.
Members can choose from several packages and payment options. There are also family, corporate and some special business rates. As an added benefit, a member who belongs to any of the Ozark Fitness locations can also work out at the other two, Johnson said.
Since the change in ownership, hours have been slightly expanded. "A lot of people like that," said Johnson.
Hours are 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday. Ozark Fitness is located at 508 N. West St. in Sikeston and the phone number is 472-6185.
Ozark Physical Therapy is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, and the phone number is 471-0110.