FitMe Wellness, 2595 N. Mulford Road, Rockford, is celebrating its one-year anniversary serving the community as a forward-thinking health club that provides its members with more than a place to work out.
“When I opened FitMe Wellness, I was looking to fill a void in the Rockford community,” said Greg Georgis, owner of FitMe Wellness. “There are places to work out, but there are few that provide opportunities for overall wellness — places that go beyond weight machines and treadmills. We wanted to create the best environment for adults in our community to pursue better health and fitness, in a fun, clean, sophisticated, non-intimidating atmosphere. And we felt that there was a lot of room in the marketplace for a facility that accomplished that.”
According to a recent Gallup-Healthways Well-Being Index study, Rockford is the fourth fattest metro area in the United States, with 35.5 percent of its population being obese.
Obesity is a national epidemic and a major contributor to some of the leading causes of death in the U.S., including heart disease, stroke, diabetes and some types of cancer, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
“I believe that we, as a community, are responsible for reversing this trend and making Rockford a healthier place to live,” said Georgis. “It starts with making smarter choices about our own diet and exercise, and sets a course for the future by setting a better example for our children.”
Georgis has spent the last year growing FitMe Wellness and expanding its offerings to its members. While FitMe Wellness provides the standard amenities of most gyms in the area, it has differentiated itself by offering its members more while keeping membership fees low. Memberships begin at $29.95 per month and no charge to join because Georgis believes there should never be a barrier to improving one’s health.
As part of the FitMe one-year anniversary, Georgis announced his own investment in FitMe members — FitMe Rewards. FitMe Rewards is a unique program that pays members every day they exercise or participate in any of FitMe’s wellness programs.
Every day a member comes into the club to exercise or participate in any wellness program or seminar, money will be deposited in their FitMe Club Accounts. The rewards money can be used to purchase drinks at the gym’s bar or FitMe Wellness merchandise. As the club grows, so will the daily dividend.
“If you’ve been waiting for the ‘right time’ to join a gym, the time is now,” Georgis said. “At FitMe, we understand that little things often get in the way. But you’re never going to live the kind of healthy life you and your family want to live if you cannot find an hour or two a week to invest in yourself.”
From the May 2-8, 2012, issue