EDMORE — It’s the time of year when those who have put on a few pounds or otherwise gotten soft over the winter months begin thinking seriously about getting back in shape. For Edmore residents, their best bet for accomplishing this goal is Gale’s Gym.
Located at 1379 Industrial Park Drive in Edmore, Gale’s Gym opened in 2008 and since then has grown steadily. According to owner Gale Nesbitt, acquiring ownership of the gym was a natural outgrowth of his family’s traditional entrepreneurial spirit.
“I was working a job where I didn’t really see much chance for advancement,” Nesbitt said. “My family had always been in some kind of business my whole life, so I’d been looking to do something like that and I’ve been into physical fitness my whole life; it was a natural fit.”
Nesbitt’s decision to take over the gym — which had been around for several years but was not doing well financially — was a careful one.
“They were kind of struggling,” Nesbitt explained. “I came here for a few months before deciding to purchase. I saw some areas where there could be improvement and once we came up with a number that was equitable for both parties, we went ahead.”
Since then, Nesbitt has been steadily adding features to the gym. It now includes complete cardio equipment, treadmills, elliptical machines, upright and free weights, weight stacks, and hydraulic resistance equipment similar to that used in women-specific health centers.
Nesbitt credits the gym’s steady growth more to attitude than technology, however. He makes sure the business maintains a strong community presence by sponsoring several runs throughout the year, like the 5K race coming up July 28.
“Our first race was June 30, and we had a really good turnout,” Nesbitt said. “We generally give out t-shirts for entrants and medals to the winners in different age groups.”
A third race, slated for Aug. 25, during Edmore’s Potato Festival, also will include a “fun run” for children.
“We try to maintain a hometown atmosphere,” Nesbitt said. “We know our members well and try to meet their needs.”
The gym also offers organized classes such as Zumba, yoga and body sculpting during regular gym hours.
“We have a certified personal trainer for body building on site,” Nesbitt said. “I myself am capable of helping out with general fitness and running. We pretty much cover the gamut.”
As far as product offerings go, Nesbitt carries the Advocare line of health products for performance athletes, health and wellness and weight loss.
“These are high quality products,” Nesbitt explained. “You’re not going to have to worry about failing any drug test; it’s all on the up and up and it’s top of the line.”
Gale’s Gym is open Monday through Thursday, 5:30 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday, 5:30 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Sunday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The gym maintains an online presence at galesgym.com.