Snap Fitness set to open fifth location

Five years ago, few Central Albertans had heard of Snap Fitness.

Five years ago, few Central Albertans had heard of Snap Fitness.

Today, four of the 24-hour gyms operate in the Red Deer area, with a fifth scheduled to open by the end of January.

Leigh and Tim Ostiguy own the Snap Fitness franchises in Sylvan Lake, Lacombe and at 88 Howarth St. in Red Deer. The fourth, in Innisfail, belongs to another franchisee.

“It is growing quite successfully,” said Leigh, noting that new Snap Fitness outlets opened recently in Wetaskiwin and Leduc, with others pending in Beaumont and Devon.

Internationally, there are more than 1,400, according to the company’s website.

The Ostiguys are preparing to open their fourth gym at 3119 49th Ave. They felt it was important to offer members a south Red Deer option, said Leigh.

“It’s pretty much the same, except we’re adding group fitness to it.”

The new premises, which have more than 4,000 square feet, will contain a studio area designated for group exercising. These could be led by a staff member, or by a virtual trainer who will appear on a large projection screen.

“So if they come at 5 in the morning and there’s not a scheduled class, they just go in there and push what they want to do — like boot camp, or Zumba class or spin bikes,” said Leigh.

The new location will also feature a workout monitoring system called MyZone, which will track information like heart rate, calories burned and exertion level through a sensor worn by the user.

The results will be displayed on a monitor and recorded into members’ personal profiles.

“You don’t even have to wear it while you’re in the gym,” said Leigh, explaining that the sensors will record workout data and download it to the Snap Fitness computer when the wearer returns.

“It’s a really cool feature,” she said, adding that the system is being installed at the Ostiguys’ other gyms as well.

All Snap Fitness outlets operate 24/7, and have the same exercise equipment — from free weights to cardio machines. Members can work out at any location, such as when travelling.

“We’ve got quite a few snowbird members that utilize gyms in Arizona and here,” said Leigh.

She doesn’t dismiss the possibility of her and Tim opening more Snap Fitness locations in the future, although that’s unlikely to happen for a while.

“We’re going to kind of digest this for now, but we always want to grow if the opportunity is there.”

hrichards@bprda.wpengine.com

Just Posted

Man dies after being shot in Lacombe

A man is dead after being shot, Lacombe police say. Early Sunday,… Continue reading

One person dies in hospital after house fire erupts in Calgary

CALGARY — The Calgary Fire Department says a person has died in… Continue reading

Jury finds former SNC-Lavalin executive Sami Bebawi guilty on all charges

MONTREAL — A former SNC-Lavalin executive on trial for fraud and corruption… Continue reading

Festival of Trees volunteers honoured at breakfast

This year’s Festival of Trees was able to provide the Red Deer… Continue reading

Fashion Fridays: A masterclass on H&M knitwear

Kim XO, helps to keep you looking good on Fashion Fridays on the Black Press Media Network

Your community calendar

Thursday Join us at the Senior Center Downtown House (5414 43 St.… Continue reading

Red Deer Optimist Chiefs split weekend series

CAC 4 Optimist Chiefs 2 After wins in seven of the last… Continue reading

Sales of electric vehicles plummet in Ontario after rebate cancellation

TORONTO — Sales of electric vehicles in Ontario have plummeted since the… Continue reading

Partway through first term, Quebec Premier Legault already planning his exit

SAN FANCISCO, United States — Political power has an expiration date for… Continue reading

Unifor announces boycott campaign against Co-op in refinery labour dispute

REGINA — The union that represents hundreds of locked-out workers at a… Continue reading

Defence minister says Canada ‘very fortunate’ to have Vance as defence chief

OTTAWA — Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan has come out in support of… Continue reading

Red Deer Vipers earn wild comeback win

The Red Deer Vipers needed a comeback to top the Mountainview Colts… Continue reading

Big Valley’s Zeke Thurston captures second world title at NFR

Zeke Thurston is quickly becoming one of the most decorated saddle bronc… Continue reading

Most Read