Snap Fitness now open in Dassel

August 18, 2008

By Kristen Miller
Staff Writer

The wait is over for Dassel residents as Snap Fitness comes to town, leaving couch potatoes few excuses not to come to the gym.

For Dassel couple Jason and Christina Clark the new fitness facility has been two-and-a-half years in the making, as they looked at six different locations within the city.

“When the former liquor store became available last winter, we jumped on it,” Christina said.

Not only did it give them Highway 12 frontage and is just down the road from the Highway 12 and Highway 15 corridor, it was also in their hometown.

This is the fourth Snap Fitness owned by the Clarks, which offers a full-service fitness facility and is equipped with a shower and a tanning bed – unique to this location.

“We wanted to include a shower to engage the business customers over their lunch hours to meet their needs,” Clark said.

The fitness equipment is “state- of-the-art” Cybex brand equipment which adjusts according to body weight and height, allowing for a larger range of motion, Clark explained.

This is the same equipment in Hutchinson – one of the Clarks’ four fitness centers – and it has proved to be popular among users, she said.

The benefits to a franchise like Snap Fitness, is that members who are traveling for work, can work out at any Snap Fitness location.

According to Clark, there are 800 clubs open across the US, with clubs expanding into Canada and Mexico.

A new feature on the cardiovascular machines leaves people with no more excuses to stay home and watch their favorite programs – not only are there two mounted televisions, but the Dassel location also has TVs on each of the treadmills.

For the parents’ convenience in working out, there is a children’s play area, Clark said.

Another feature setting their Snap Fitness apart from others, Clark said, is the full service personal training department.

“We feel it’s important to have that extra help, especially when you’re just starting out or it’s your first experience at a fitness center,” Clark said.

Included in every new membership is a detailed orientation and a fitness consultation, according to Nathan Duff, manager and personal trainer at the Dassel Snap Fitness.

Duff is a 1995 Dassel-Cokato graduate with a degree in athletic training from Minnesota State Mankato. He has worked for larger corporate fitness centers, like Bally Total Fitness, to the most recent, a Snap Fitness in Colorado.

Duff also has experience with all fitness levels and physical ailments, working with body builders to seniors, he said.

“If you spend an hour with Nathan, you will know the exact equipment to use and what will work best with your body,” Clark said.

Snap has also partnered with local chiropractors for clients to continue working on physical ailments.

As a special offer for its grand opening in Dassel, Snap Fitness is offering 50 percent off the enrollment fee for the first 50 members, along with a free FM receiver providing personal access to Snap televisions and FM radio stations while working out.

The 24-hour fitness center will be staffed Monday through Friday 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays in August, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. To sign up for a membership, stop in or call (320) 275-2711 for an appointment.

“Dassel residents no longer have an excuse,” Clark said.

Look for the Clarks in the Red Rooster Days parade, where they will be offering more “big specials,” she said.

The grand opening will also be during Red Rooster Days.

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