Couple brings the world’s leading 24-hour gym to Chilliwack

Rick and Kara Abbing opened Anytime Fitness in April

The world is a busy, busy place where things are seemingly non-stop on the go. There’s the 24-hour news cycle, 24-hour drive-thrus, and endless businesses where staff is required around the clock.

To accommodate the varying lifestyles that come with living and working at all hours, the world’s leading 24-hour gym, Anytime Fitness, has just opened in downtown Chilliwack, its second location in the city.

Yet it’s a gym unlike any other, says Rick Abbing, who owns the downtown location with his wife, Kara.

“My wife and I don’t like gyms and didn’t want to own a gym,” he explained. “We don’t do what others do and we have a culture that’s made Anytime Fitness the largest franchise in the world.”

With a new location popping up almost daily, Anytime Fitness currently has more than 6,000 existing locations in more than 42 countries.

And that’s important because membership comes with worldwide club access.

“When you become a member with us, you become part of a large network and can use any location for any reason,” continued Abbing. “Our locations are aways a safe place, or even if you just need to use the restroom.”

But more than global inclusion, Anytime Fitness offers an engaging, personalized, positive health experience. And with memberships starting at just $44 a month, Abbing says there’s a plan that works for everyone.

“We’re here to invest in you: for example, we spend $290 on you the day you start” when you work one-on-one with a personal trainer to create a customized workout plan that’s not only based on one’s fitness aspirations, but also on the results of a detailed full-body scan.

“We’ve hired Chilliwack’s top two trainers (who also) have nutritional training, and they’ll be present in the gym (able to help clients) fix positions and workout in the right way.”

However, Abbing says one of the most important features about Anytime Fitness, is its devotion to creating an all-encompassing environment that prides itself on providing top-notch service.

“We’ll never exceed 850 members, we have zero theft on site, and all of our staff is staff, not contractors.”

As for the actual nuts and bolts, Abbing says all of their exercise equipment is high-end and made in North America. There are also fitness classes, a virtual exercise room, a massage bed, a tanning booth, individual bathrooms and showers, and an app.

They also want to make sure their members always feel safe. Partly because it’s a 24-hour location, the doors to Anytime Fitness are always locked to the general public, and more than 20 high-tech security cameras are constantly scanning every square inch of the facility.

“We also work with Allegiance 1 Security,” added Abbing. If ever a member feels unsafe walking to their car, or even if their car dies and they need a ride home, Allegance is there to help.

“We want to provide full, functional fitness in an environment that can help everyone,” said Abbing. “We want our clients to be successful, we want to spoil them, and supply them with more (than the average gym does.)”

To learn more about how Anytime Fitness can help you achieve your health goals, please visit their website at AnytimeFitness.com/gyms/4433/chilliwack-bc-v2p-6j7/.


@SarahGawdin
Sarah.Gawdin@theprogress.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Chilliwack students learn about business and charity during entrepreneurship fair

Mt. Slesse Grade 8 kids will be donating 20 per cent of their business profits to the food bank

Work wrapping up in Chilliwack on the Valley Rail Trail expansion

The trail is envisioned as the north-south spine of a future cycling network

Chilliwack saw sub-tropical blast of warm air Wednesday

It didn’t break any official records but it was warmer than usual by several degrees

Around the BCHL: Junior A cities to host World Junior tuneup games

Around the BCHL is a look at what’s happening in the league and around the junior A world.

GW Graham wallops Ballenas Whalers in junior football playoff

Logan Buchwitz scored four touchdowns for the Grizzlies in a one-sided 40-0 win.

VIDEO: People with diabetes meet their alert dogs

A diabetic alert dog is trained to detect low blood sugar in people who have Type 1 diabetes

Hunter who saved B.C. man pinned inside smashed truck says ‘God was sending me to him’

Sayward man describes chance discovery of Duncan Moffat, 23, in northern Vancouver Island woods

Road-weary Canucks thumped 6-2 by Wild

Vancouver hosts the Montreal Canadiens on Saturday

Toronto private school didn’t report alleged sexual assault to police

Police say a sexual assault at an all-boys Catholic institution was not reported to them

China says butt out; Canada calls for release of “arbitrarily” detained Muslims

A Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman accused Canada’s envoy of going beyond their diplomatic roles

Dead Saskatoon tattoo artist’s skin removed and preserved

The skin was removed in honour of the well known artist’s work

Metro Vancouver mayors cancel Surrey LRT in favour of SkyTrain

TransLink will immediately suspend work on light rail

Lower Mainland couple missing in Thompson-Okanagan area

Barriere RCMP received a missing persons report for two senior overdue travellers

Vancouver Warriors cancel first 2 weeks of season as labour dispute continues

The announcement means games scheduled for Dec. 1 and Dec. 8 will no longer be played

Most Read