Archive for Thursday, April 5, 2007

Women’s fitness center opens doors in Lansing

April 5, 2007

After waiting four months for a parking lot and seven months for a single machine, Glenn Huffman can finally open his women's fitness center, Alter Image.

His studio's yellow signs went up last month at 106 Main St. and his doors opened Sunday, April 1. Huffman said he was ready to open in September, but he decided to wait for concrete to be poured in his parking lot - a tradeoff associated with the Main Street system enhancement project, which removed parking spots in front of the studio.

"They just poured rock in there," he said. "It's a muddy mess, and I didn't want to subject anyone to drive through that."

Huffman, the former manager of 24/7 Fitness Center, which closed July 2006, said he wants to focus on one-on-one training as a life coach, rather than seeing multiple people at a time.

He's also going to focus on one machine, the BoFlex Revolution, one of the newest pieces of equipment available. Huffman said he had to wait several months to receive it.

Huffman said people could do 120 different exercises on the piece of equipment. The machine utilizes a full range of motion through cable resistance and eliminates the need for free weights or other machines.

As a life coach, he said he would teach people how to eat and how to workout.

He said the studio is geared toward women because men may not achieve the results they're looking for by using the BoFlex Revolution.

He has about 25 to 30 clients lined up already, he said, and many were his former clients.

The studio will have five tanning beds, and in mid-summer Huffman will open a hair studio in the basement, he said.

Huffman said Alter Image would be open 13 hours a day, including four hours on Saturday. He will work with people in one-hour increments. The cost is $39.99 a month for a yearlong membership, or $49.99 for a single month membership.

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