It’s been a long fight and a long-distance effort for an engaged couple to open Nicholasville’s first 24-hour gym.
Anytime Fitness is already selling memberships and will be open soon at 459 Keene Centre Drive.
James Adamitis and Aimee Green met at an Anytime Fitness location that Green was managing in Louisiana. They began the journey toward opening their own locations about two years ago.
“We knew that we wanted to open up a business, be our own boss,” Green said. “He was kind of sick of corporate America, and I had been doing this forever — it’s what I knew how to do, and I love it and enjoy it. So we together bought the rights for three Anytime Fitness franchises and then set off trying to find our first location.”
With Adamitis’ family in Ohio and Green’s in Louisiana, they searched for a location not too far from one set of parents, and they found the region they wanted in central Kentucky.
“I’ve always been a fan of the Lexington area,” Adamitis said. “We just looked around for different areas that Anytime Fitness was not. Cincinnati’s pretty saturated along with some other areas in Ohio; we were looking around Kentucky, and Louisville is obviously saturated, and then we saw the Lexington area — well, Lexington doesn’t have any Anytime Fitnesses.”
They immediately pinpointed Nicholasville but didn’t find the specific location near the intersection of U.S. 27 and Ky. 169 until August 2011 after looking at other options on Lexington Road near Brannon Crossing or Sam’s Club.
“We want it to be convenient, and we felt with this location, you’re not in traffic too much; you can get in and out of here pretty easily; it’s right off the road with good visibility,” Adamitis said.
The road to opening was not easy from there, as the couple fought to get a Small Business Administration loan after losing a private investor, all the while keeping up their long-distance relationship as Adamitis worked in Kentucky and Green continued managing gyms in Louisiana.
But now the location is nearly ready, with construction nearly complete, memberships already sold and some off-site classes already conducted.
Membership at Anytime Fitness includes access to all 1,800 location in the United States. The gym’s philosophy is to give members 24-hour-a-day, 365-day-a-year access to a gym.
“The gym’s not closed, so you have no excuses, really; that’s our big thing,”Adamitis said. “You’ve got 24 hours to work out, and there’s no excuse not to, because we’re always open.”
The parking lot and equipment will be on constant surveillance for security. Members will have an entrance separate from the guest door where they can use key fobs to get in anytime.
In addition to typical gym equipment, Anytime Fitness has nutritional tools, live classes at select times, tanning and group fitness classes 24 hours a day through the “Fitness on Request” kiosk in which members pick their category and exercise on a touch screen and then take part in the group class.
“We understand that group fitness is a big thing; it’s a big part of a gym,”Adamitis said. “Women love group fitness, and they’ll only really join somewhere if it does offer group fitness classes, so being a 24-hour gym, we want to have that option; we want to have a 24-hour group fitness option.”
Adamitis said the smaller nature of Anytime Fitness compared to large gyms makes it more affordable for owners and members and also allows more attention to detail.
“Cleanliness is our number-one thing; we always clean the gym,”Adamitis said. “If you’re going to come in and shower, those will always be spotless. I know a lot of big-box gyms, they don’t clean their gyms as much as we’re going to be able to.”
Memberships range from $30 a month to $50 a month, depending on the length of agreement and any promotional sales. For more information, call Adamitis at 859-881-3488, e-mail
NicholasvilleKY@anytimefitness.com or visit Facebook.com/AnytimeFitnessNicholasville.
“We want people to really get fit,” Adamitis said. “There’s a lot of obesity rates in Kentucky that are pretty high, and we want to try to help bring that down for the state, try to get people aware that fitness is cool and fitness is something that needs to be done every day.”