Established in 1999, Twinsburg Fitness Center has made its mark on community health and wellness with approximately 8 million visits over the past 20 years.
TFC originally opened its doors March 5, 1999, with a ceremony led by Mayor James Karabec and city council. Since then, the facility has grown and adapted to serve the community’s needs and is still going strong, even planning future improvements as early as this spring.
"We really can’t believe it has been 20 years," said TFC Manager T.L. Thogmartin, who was on the original staff in 1999. "We take pride in serving the community to the best of our ability. A lot of people don’t realize that the weight room was originally upstairs in what is now the fitness room for our group classes. The 5,000-square-foot weight room addition actually took place in December 2001 and was one of many changes to the facility over the years."
The fitness center has been a staple in the community, hosting a variety of community events including the Turkey Trot, Winter Wonderland, after prom, athletic tournaments, choir concerts, Twinsburg High School physics cardboard boat races, conference diving championships and even U.S. Army training.
"On any given day, you’ll find a wide variety of individuals and families using the facility," Thogmartin said. "Whether it’s parents dropping off their children at Kid Park while they complete a quick workout or our active senior population stopping in for a SilverSneakers class, there is really something for everyone."
Thogmartin says some of the most recent upgrades and changes include 24/7 access, bundle memberships with the water park, the BURG Café, and a turf training zone.
The most recent addition, a 5,000-square-foot training zone installed last fall, came to fruition thanks to a sponsorship with Kent State Regional Academic Center. The turf area includes York lifting platforms, Hammer Strength HD lifting racks, power racks, a Tank push sled, HIIT incline training mills, a tire flip, and more to fit any style of workout.
As part of the sponsorship, students and faculty at the KSU/Twinsburg location get a membership to the facility, expanding the growing membership base of more than 6,000.
Equipment in the facility has helped meet goals and change lives, but many items will be receiving an upgrade this spring as TFC celebrates 20 years. All cardio equipment will be replaced with new Precor spin bikes, StairMasters, Star Trac treadmills, versa striders, and cross trainers in addition to Octane XT – One elliptical trainers.
Troy dumbbells will also replace existing sets.
On the aquatics side, TFC will add floating yoga mats for its 326,000-gallon indoor pool. The mats will be used for a variety of new classes that will be announced soon. The aquatics team has received high marks over the past 20 years for excellence in swim lessons and lifeguard training courses certified by the American Red Cross.
"It’s an exciting time to be a member," Thogmartin said. "Those who haven’t experienced the facility in several years should really stop in. It’s a complete transformation, especially as the new equipment starts to come in."
To learn more about the facility and their 20th anniversary, visit TwinsburgFitness.com or stop in at 10084 Ravenna Road.