Archive for Tuesday, July 3, 2001

Athletic club facts will be available

July 3, 2001

Wednesday's Fourth of July community-wide celebration will have yet another added attraction the first real look at George McCrary's much-anticipated Baldwin Athletic Club.

The Baldwin Athletic Club will be the "anchor" of the FireTree Plaza currently under construction at roughly 10th Street and U.S. Highway 56. The 5,200-square foot facility will be a full-service athletic club, according to McCrary, and he'll have a "gazebo tent" at the Fourth of July celebration where people can stop in and view the plans and get information on the club.

"It will be the first real exposure to the community concerning what's going to be in the club," said McCrary. "Everywhere I go, people are asking me questions about it.

"We'll have a gazebo tent with three pieces elliptical, recumbent and upright cardio vascular machines for people to try out," he said. "We'll also have a blueprint of the facility, fliers and other information. People should stop by from more information and get their questions answered."

The club's full services will include a 2,500-square foot fitness center, cardio circuit, free weights, steam and sauna for both men and women, tanning beds (three lay down beds and one stand up), six- and 12-week weight loss programs, total nutrition, exercise trainer and supplements, and a complete line of health-oriented drinks and shakes.

McCrary is especially partial to the drinks and shakes. They are high in protein and contain all the "good stuff" the body needs, but they taste good.

"You almost feel guilty because it tastes so good," he said. "These recipes are established and they're great. I consider myself an ice cream connoisseur. I'm not interested in those chalky tasting drinks."

The club's "staff-assisted" hours will be from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 5 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Friday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday. It will be closed on Sundays. However, another feature for those that choose the option will be 24-hour, seven-days a week access. Staff will not be there, but the locker room and fitness center will be available to those with entry cards.

"That way you can fit it into your schedule," said McCrary. "All I ask is people to put in three to five hours a week. If you can't sleep at 2 in the morning, come in and work out. It will be monitored with security cameras. You will use a card to get in and it will be activated in the computer."

McCrary his particularly proud of the technology that will be available at the club. Computers will keep track of workouts and other pertinent items. Through satellite and digital phones, the 24-hour monitoring will be easily done to allow non-stop access.

"I will be able to monitor it with my digital phone," he said.

It all fits in McCrary's overall plan.

"It just goes along with my vision of getting people involved," he said. "Exercise is my tool for involvement. I believe my gift is encouragement and exercise is my avenue to do that.

"I want the entire family to come to the club," said McCrary. "The reality of it is, everyone's kids are getting older. Everyone needs to exercise. After the age of 35, you lose a pound of muscle a year. It's called atrophy. Strength training and exercise will change that."

A stop by the tent can start the process to becoming a member of the club, he said.

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