By Rory O’Sullivan, Staff Writer
Hundreds of fitness buffs, enthusiasts, members, and community members poured into the newly built state of the art 24 Hour Fitness Super-Sport Club in Redlands recently to partake in food, fellowship, fun and most importantly fitness.
Opening at Mountain Grove at Citrus Plaza, 24 Hour Fitness is one of Southern California’s largest and newest retail and entertainment lifestyle centers in the Redlands community.
The new club came to life on opening day as eager members gathered in the early morning, to break in the state-of-the-art equipment.
“This 24 Hour has better machines than the gyms around here,” said Amber Elliot, 30, who used to drive from her home in Highland to the Corona 24 Hour, a 30-minute drive not including traffic.
Elliot said she was using the gym to stay in shape for an upcoming high school reunion.
“You don’t want to go to any of the reunions if you are, you know,” Elliot said laughing, while making a gesture of herself much larger.
She said she likes that the gym offers such a wide variety of equipment so her workout is never, “boring.” Her favorite is a machine called the Lateral X, a stationary exercise elliptical that moves side to side, instead of the more traditional walking motion.
“Your body is totally not used to it,” said 24 Hour Manager, Travis Jackson. “Equipment like this is what separates us from others in the area.”
The new spacious 40,000 square foot gym features fitness equipment and amenities including a full sized basketball court, indoor lap pool, sauna, steam room and whirlpool. 24 Hour also has day care available for those who need it.
“We understand that we are only one part of a leading healthy lifestyle,” said Jackson. “What we try and do is provide the inspiration and tools that will help members achieve their fitness goals.”
“The new store at the Mountain Grove Plaza will not only add retail and service to the current inventory but brings a broader selection to the region,” said Kathie Thurston, Executive Director of Redlands Chamber of Commerce. “With the addition of stores like Nordstrom’s Rack, T.J. Maxx, Hobby Lobby and others, regional shoppers will be drawn to the area.”
The club will also include group classes including cycling, Zumba and Insanity, an intense 30 to 45-minute plyometric cardio workout.
Georgina Martinez, 45, of Highland said she “loves the classes,” and gets motivation from working out with other people. It also helped her get through one of the most difficult times in her life, losing her oldest son when he was 18.
Martinez felt like she was having a nervous breakdown and her life was spiraling out of control. Her doctor prescribed antidepressants but she refused them. She joined three years ago and said being physically fit has helped her get over her son’s passing.
“This is the best stress reliever.”