Anytime Fitness is a national franchise chain, but as with any national companies, how it is run is up to the local owner. Saline County is known as an exceptionally kind and hospitable community that takes pride in its small-town and family friendly feel, although it is a rapidly growing and thriving area of the state.
When you put these two factors together, the result is a wonderfully unique branch of a national fitness company that offers group workout classes, personal training, unlimited facility access and a close-knit membership spanning several generations. And to take it one step further, it is also a community of people working towards their personal goals who are eager to encourage each other on towards the finish line.
Lynn Johnson, owner of Anytime Fitness, has had a lifelong love affair with fitness and wellness. She shares, “My college degree is in finance, but my passion has always been in fitness and wellness. It is so wonderful to use my knowledge and training in a business that I find both enjoyable and rewarding.”
When asked why she decided to open Anytime Fitness, Lynn replied, “From my high school days teaching children’s swimming lessons, I have had an intense interest in physical fitness. I enjoyed being on the swim team in college and began to do triathlons and marathons. Upon learning about the new franchise offering of Anytime Fitness, it seemed like a natural fit for me. It was among the first in the area with the specific business plan that meets the needs of people to get their workout done and get on with life; I became one of the first to open in this area. The result has been a lot of hard work, but it has brought great rewards as I help members achieve their fitness goals.”
Saline County is a community with a lot of top-notch workout facility options. Anytime Fitness is excited to be a part of this thriving, health-conscious community, and believes it is their atmosphere of helpfulness and friendliness that sets them apart from others in the area. “While we have the equipment of many “big box” gyms, our members can plan their time in the gym at their convenience.
There is no waiting for equipment, and our members have access 24 hours a day, seven days a week,” says Lynn. “Our members also have the advantage of access to over 4,000 Anytime Fitness locations nationwide. And our trainers are knowledgeable and very willing to spend the extra time needed to design a program that fits the goals of the trainee. We are small and able to provide a lot of one-on-one complimentary services.”
When asked what is on the horizon for Anytime Fitness in Bryant, Lynn shared, “There are plans to reinvent the facility with a new look and programming soon, and while we offer group classes, it is personal coaching that our members prefer most. We also plan to offer more group classes in the near future and incorporate more functional training as well.”
While there are a lot of positives about being involved in the everyday life of clients, it is the front-row seat into their personal fitness goals—and seeing the hard work they put in to meet those goals—that is the most meaningful. According to Lynn, “Having the opportunity to see people transform their lives, no matter what the goal, is incredibly rewarding. It’s not just about weight loss. It’s seeing them live healthy, independent lives that is so meaningful.”
Anytime Fitness participates in two programs for seniors. Silver Sneakers is a national program designed for adults ages 65 and over that is included in many Medicare programs. Silver & Fit is an exercise and healthy aging program that helps older adults improve their health by offering club and exercise center memberships or options that allow seniors to do their workouts at home.
It is no secret that Saline County offers an incredibly high quality of life to its residents, which in turn attracts quality people to the community. Lynn is quick to add that one of the most unique aspects of Anytime Fitness is the members. She says, “We have the best gym members! We’re one big gym family that is continually growing. We even have one family that has three generations who are club members. We love our members and the friendships that have been formed!”
Anytime Fitness in Bryant has programs for all ages and levels of fitness and believes the flexibility they offer to members is the key to success. Those who are looking for health and wellness options in a welcoming, supportive community need not look any further.
With members that span three generations, Anytime Fitness creates a fitness atmosphere that accommodates any age, fitness style, or experience level.