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Neighbors Growing Together | Jul 22, 2014

Bodywrx to merge with Washington Y

By David Hotle | May 19, 2014
With the merger of the Washington Community Y and Bodywrx, more people will have the opportunity to use all facilities.

The Washington Community Y has announced that it has purchased the Bodywrx Fitness Center in Washington and the two fitness clubs will merge.
Washington Community Y director Becky Harkema said today that former Bodywrx co-owner Teri Hartzler had approached the Y about purchasing the business and the equipment. The Y now has a five-year lease for the space on the Washington square. Hartzler will also remain as fitness coordinator at the facility. Harkema said there will be a ribbon-cutting for the facility at 4:30 p.m. June 3. She also said the existing awning over the facility will be removed later this week and a new awning with the Y logo will be put in its place next week.
“We’ve been discussing this for a while and it all came together nicely,” Harkema said.
The transition will take place on June 1. She said that the merger would provided added benefits for both Y and Bodywrx members.
Bodywrx members must fill out a membership form for the Y before June 14. Harkema said that Bodywrx membership cards won’t have access to the facility if the member hasn’t signed up with the Y. She said there will not be a joiner’s fee but that there would be a slight increase in the monthly fees for members, but that they would be able to use both the Washington and Wellman Y facilities.
Current Y members will also be able to use the Bodywrx facilities. Current members wishing to use the facility are asked to visit the facility to get their key card changed.
Harkema said that both parties agree that the change is in the best interests of the citizens of Washington County.
“It is all about inclusiveness,” Harkema said. “We are more than just a workout facility. We are here to help make a difference and show an impact in people’s lives.”
She said that members would see little change in the operations of either facility. She said that the Bodywrx facility would remain a 24-hour facility.
Harkema also said that she felt that the acquisition would help the capital campaign to fund a new building. She believes more people will be using the Y and understand the purpose of impacting people’s lives, which will encourage donations.

Comments (1)
Posted by: Glen Peiffer | May 23, 2014 13:19

How a Grinnellian who “hates exercise” ended up as the 2014 U.S. Open Wheel Gymnastics Champion.



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