Rossford rec center expands workout optionsWritten by Sarah Ottney | Managing Editor | firstname.lastname@example.org
The Rossford Community Recreation Center recently added a fitness studio and unveiled new equipment in its weight and cardio rooms to rave reviews from members.
“It’s really nice,” said Chen Srnka of Rossford, who has been a member for three years and uses the facility five days a week. “I use everything. It’s an awesome place and people don’t know about it. I lived here 14 years and I finally found out.”
George Hughes of Rossford has been a member for eight years. He uses the weight room the most.
“It’s very convenient for me because I only live a couple blocks from here and I’m retired so I can come in anytime,” Hughes said. “I think most members love it.”
The facility also features a two-court gymnasium with a 1/16-mile elevated track, spin and Zumba classes as well as youth and adult sports leagues with personal training to be added in the near future, said Ivan Kovacevic, parks and recreation director for the City of Rossford.
A series of open houses are planned for the week of Sept. 6-10.
“Rossford is our primary market, but I’m really trying to take a regional approach,” Kovacevic said. “We have good close proximity to Downtown Toledo, so we have that potential market as well as some of the surrounding communities. From what we offer to our membership, we’re really a great deal.”
Youth, adult, family, senior and senior couple memberships are available for Rossford residents, nonresidents and those employed in Rossford. Monthly, quarterly and annual memberships are available.
Annual resident rates are $40 for youth and seniors, $60 for senior couples, $90 for adults and $135 for families. Annual nonresident rates are $80 for youth and seniors, $120 for senior couples, $180 for adults and $270 for family.
The cardio room debuted in fall 2008 and membership nearly doubled, Kovacevic said.
“It totally gave us a new life,”
Additional revenue from the new members is what has recently allowed the center to update equipment and add the fitness studio.
New equipment in the cardio room includes a Freedom Climber, a Jacob’s Ladder and a SkiErg.
“Our room has got the newest cardio equipment that exists in the market today,” Kovacevic said. “That’s a little niche we carved out for ourselves.”
The Freedom Climber is a rock climbing wall that rotates as the user climbs, providing a full body workout as well as a cardio workout, Kovacevic said.
“Pretty much what a treadmill is to running this is to rock climbing,” Kovacevic said.
Jacob’s Ladder is a machine often featured on television’s “The Biggest Loser,” Kovacevic said.
“I teach spin and 10 minutes on this kicks my butt more than an hour of spinning,” Kovacevic said. “There’s a lady that does 45 minutes on it in the mornings and she’s like an urban legend here.”
An Expresso fitness bike allows users to customize distance and scenery, Kovacevic said.
“You can ride through Aztec ruins or through snowy hills and it’s set up so as you go up a hill, tension automatically gets harder so it simulates the real experience,” Kovacevic said.
The newly renovated weight room features wall-to-wall rubberized flooring and new Life Fitness Optima Series strength circuit equipment, Kovacevic said.
“We took out 12 pieces of equipment that were about 20 years old and replaced them with nine pieces, several of which are duel and triple stations,” Kovacevic said. “So we didn’t lose any workouts, but gained space since they’re like three machines in one.”
A meeting room was recently converted to a fitness studio and stocked with bodyweight and resistance training equipment, including kettle bells, plyometric platforms, BOSU balance trainers, resistance balls and spin bikes to help increase speed, explosion and balance, Kovacevic said.
Rossford Community Recreation Center is located at 400 Dixie Highway. Hours through Labor Day are 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday.
After Labor Day, babysitting will be available for a small fee at The Jungle, an on-site supervised area where kids can play Nintendo Wii or do arts and crafts.
The center will host an inaugural Nursery School Olympics, featuring events like Big Wheel Grand Prix and Noodle javelin throw, on Aug. 20 for children 5 and younger.
For more information, including a full list of rates, events and equipment, call (419) 666-2905 or visit www.rossfordrecreation.com.