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


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