HJ/EDEnterprise Dispatch, Feb. 27, 2006

New owners, equipment at Snap Fitness

By Kristen Miller
Staff Writer

Cokato’s one-and-only 24-hour fitness center, Snap Fitness, is under new ownership as of Feb. 1.

Richie Hasti of Proline Construction, and Kirk Asplin of Kirk’s Travel Plaza, purchased the business from Paul Johnson.

“We saw an opportunity to own something that benefits the community,” Hasti said.

Since the change of hands, there are four new treadmills and other updated equipment.

The fitness center has a tanning bed which is discounted for members and fitness equipment including, treadmills, elliptical machines, stationary bikes, free weights and other strengthening equipment.

“We want to expand, possibly even into H20’s space,” Asplin said.

They would like more equipment, but the room is limited.

The new owners liked the concept of a 24-hour gym that is affordable and easily accessible, they said.

The estimated 400 members have an electronic key which allows them to enter the gym.

The facility does have surveillance cameras since there isn’t full-time staff.

Snap Fitness’ manager, Christina Clark, does work full-time and helps with physical training for members, including RaChelle Rawlins of Dassel and Joanie Hoff of Howard Lake.

Hoff joined Snap Fitness because of its 24-hour convenience.

“This type of gym works out well in a small community,” Hasti explained.

Memberships are $33 a month for a single and $48 for a family.

Under preventative care coverage, members with Blue Cross Blue Shield or Medicare insurance are allowed up to a $20 reduction on a single membership and up to $40 on a family membership as long as they visit the gym eight times a month.

Asplin and Hasti came up with a corporate name, Spike’s Fitness, after Hasti’s brother, Jerrod, who passed away ll years ago.

For membership information, contact Snap Fitness at (320) 286-0030.

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