HJ/EDJune 26, 2006

America's Fitness Center now in Winsted

By Linda Scherer
Staff Writer

Kyle and Erin Kutz are owners of the new America’s Fitness Center (AFC) located at 421 6th St. So., along McLeod County One, close to the Winsted water tower.

In providing area residents with a better facility to workout and keep in shape, the Kutzes are now licensed by the AFC and are in the process of making some major changes to their former Winsted Fitness Center.

They have begun making improvements that total approximately $100,000 – increasing the size of the facility to a total of 1,500 square feet and purchasing all new state-of-the-art equipment. The renovations should be completed by late summer.

The Kutzes originally purchased the fitness center in September 2005. “This has been his dream,” Erin said regarding Kyle’s love for the business and one of their reasons for purchasing a fitness center.

Kyle has been an ardent fan of fitness all through high school at Holy Trinity, and college at the Minnesota State University of Mankato, where he received a degree in business. He believes in exercise and its benefits and is excited about being able to provide this service to the people of this area.

“I grew up in Winsted and like having a business in town with people I know,” Kyle said. “It is a good location and the area is growing.”

Erin (Weber) Kutz is a graduate of Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted High School and the Minnesota State University of Mankato, where she obtained a degree in human resources.

The Kutzes have been married a little over a year, and live in Howard Lake. They have always enjoyed working out together and it was important for them to have a business that they would both be able to be a part of.

Their first big undertaking came when they moved the center from downtown Winsted to its current location in November.

It was a big move that both agree was a much better fit for the center.

Now, after owning the fitness center for only 10 months, they have started major renovations that they feel will be a real benefit to their current members and anyone who has been thinking about starting a good fitness program.

Their enthusiasm for their new business is visible as they list all that the AFC offers its members, including the backing of three major health insurance companies.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Medica, and Health Partners will reimburse part of the membership fee to AFC members who work out twice a week, or eight times a month at their facility.

The Kutzes are planning to have a grand opening in late summer when all of the renovations have been completed.

If you would like more information about the new Winsted AFC or would like to become a member, call Kyle or Erin Kutz at (320) 485-3395. Check out their web site at www.americasfitnesscenter.com or kyle@afc24hours.com.

Winsted AFC offers its members:

• Personal consulting and training provided by Kyle Kutz, manager, who will be available Tuesday and Thursday evenings 4-7 p.m. and Saturday mornings from 9-11 a.m.

• Digital recorded on-site and off-site surveillance.

• 24 hour access to the facility, including holidays.

• 24 hour tanning.

• Cardio workout equipment including four new treadmills, My Stride Elliptical machines, Stair Master, computerized bikes, and four Broadcaster TVs with headphones built into the cardio theater.

• Circuit training with 13 stations that total a 30-minute complete body workout.

• Complete free weights – 750 pounds, with bench presses to dumbbells.

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