A 24-hour co-ed fitness club is expected to open in downtown Washougal next year.
Paul Billings, co-owner/franchisee of the future Anytime Fitness location, has signed a six-year lease for suite 148, in Washougal Town Square, 1700 Main St.
His wife, Kendall, also owns the club. Paul Billings’ sister, Carolyn Billings, owns 5 percent of the business.
They plan to build a gym in the 6,297 square-foot space and open in January.
“Washougal is growing fast, and lots of opportunities are developing,” Paul Billings said. “More and more families are seeing Washougal as a family based community that is safe and has lots of amenities and activities.
“Washougal is young and vibrant with lots of potential,” he added.
Around the U.S., the average Anytime Fitness club has approximately 800 members.
The gyms are staffed eight hours a day but members can access the club anytime, by using a computerized key-fob system.
“We’ll have personal trainers available to help you learn how to use all of the equipment and to develop an individualized workout plan, if you like,” Paul Billings said. “We’ll also have a state-of-the-art video projection system that allows members to choose from hundreds of video classes whenever it’s most convenient for them.”
Membership at one Anytime Fitness club gives members access to nearly 3,000 clubs worldwide at no extra charge.
The equipment and amenities at the Washougal location will include circuit and resistance training machines, free weights and cardio equipment, including treadmills, elliptical machines and stationary bikes.
There will also be small group fitness classes, including yoga sculpt, Zumba, boot camps and boxing, as well as massages, private bathrooms with changing rooms and showers, and a parking garage with security cameras.
Paul Billings credited Wes Hickey, owner of Lone Wolf Investments LLC and developer of Washougal Town Square, for building a beautiful structure and creating a community inside where everyone works together.
“The location is pretty cool,” Paul said. “We wanted a building that gave off a warm cozy feeling, a place you felt safe and wanted to be at. There is a special ambiance about Washougal Town Square.
“There are some great fitness clubs in Washougal, but we wanted to differentiate ourselves in the marketplace,” he added. “We pride ourselves on surprisingly personable service and providing the latest and greatest fitness technology, all at an affordable price.”
The Billings plan to open an Anytime Fitness in Ridgefield in late 2017/early 2018.
A location has not been determined.
“We are currently looking into buying land and building commercial property,” Paul Billings said.
Before opening the Washougal location, Anytime Fitness is offering $0 enrollment fees, free fitness consultations and 30-day workout plans at no extra charge.
For membership information, call (503) 475-9013, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.anytimefitness.com/gyms/4210/washougal-wa-98671.