Franklin Health & Fitness Center upgrades equipment, facility


Franklin FitnessFranklin Health & Fitness Center (FH&FC) has taken its own personal fitness to a new level with the first significant upgrade to the center since opening in 1995.

The center replaced a variety of aging machines with new equipment and installed new Mondo flooring in the fitness studio, allowing for a range of classes to be held there. Those improvements, along with other upgrades, add up to a better experience for people when they exercise.

“The greatest benefit of this project is the overall value to the members,” said Glenn Keller, FH&FC general manager. “The end result is a very nice facility with a competitive price.”

The improvement project was in the planning stages for months and covered many aspects from the cosmetic to the functional. Progressive fitness equipment replaced aging machines including:

  • 8 Precor treadmills Franklin Fitness Equipment
  • 3 Precor ellipticals
  • 3 Precor Adaptive Motion Trainers
  • First Degree Fitness Rower
  • 12 Hoist strength equipment machines
  • Precor squat rack
  • Hoist Smith Machine
  • Octane Fitness XR600 bike
  • Precor upright bike
  • Precor recumbent bike
  • Several free-weight benches and new weight plates 

“While current equipment has served us well, the new equipment is more interactive, user-friendly and provides more options for individualized workouts for those with specific goals and needs,” Keller said. “The equipment has some of the latest technology resulting in more efficient workouts, improved range of motion and increased safety for members.”

The new floor in the fitness studio will enable the center to host a class schedule that includes Yoga, Zumba, Cycle, Step & Tone, Piloxing, Strong & Sculpted, Keep Moving, PiYo, Kickboxing, and TaeKwonDo.

“This upgrade will make our classes much more enjoyable with greater stability and safety,” says Keller.   

The center offers an indoor walking track with new flooring, two racquetball courts, and a large area devoted to free weights and Hoist machine weights. Following their workout, members may enjoy the improved locker rooms and sauna or schedule a massage. Advancements also included a new fire alarm system, heating and cooling system and IT infrastructure.

Free tours and one-week passes are offered without obligation and no appointment is necessary.

“We also have passes available at the front desk for current members to offer to friends,” Keller said.

FH&FC is located next door to Sycamore Shoals Hospital in Elizabethton. Mountain States Health Alliance purchased FH&FC in 2008. It now has 1,100 memberships, 11 staffers and a number of fitness class instructors.

“We're enthusiastic about the path we are on and are committed to better meet the needs of their members and the community,” said Kevin Harkness, general manager of The Wellness Center and overseer of the project at Franklin. He projects a 20-percent growth for FH&FC over the next three years.

Center hours are Monday-Thursday, 5 a.m.-10 p.m.; Friday, 5 a.m. -8 p.m.; Saturday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m.; and Sunday, 1-6 p.m. For more information, visit the website at or call Melissa Whitson, membership coordinator, at 423-542-9466, extension 302.


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