Located within the Larry D. Miller Business Complex, McDowell Fitness Center is already becoming a very popular place for people to work out and get physically fit.

McDowell Fitness Center opened for business on Friday, June 21 and as of Tuesday has 553 members. That number is growing daily, said owner Misty Morris.

The center has numerous treadmills, stationary bicycles, exercise equipment, cardio machines, tanning beds, weights and lots of space for anyone to wishing to get stronger and become more physically fit. There is another room that is used for yoga and other body and mind fitness activities.

Indeed, the McDowell Fitness Center is expanding to make room for more equipment and training activities. With the new section, it will cover 8,500 square feet within the large 110,000-square-foot Miller Complex.

That new section will house cross training where members can combine exercises to work on various parts of their bodies or the CrossFit crash course. Cody Collins, formerly of Southern Ground Fitness, will be the lead instructor, said Morris.

What makes the McDowell Fitness Center different compared to other gyms in the local community is the amount of staffing. It has six on-site fitness instructors.

“Unlike other fitness centers, this place is staffed from the time we open until the time we close,” said Robert “Hoss” Washburn, one of the trainers.

Both Morris and her husband William want McDowell Fitness Center to provide a good experience for everyone who comes to use it.

“It has something for the novice who wants to get started all the way to the most experienced power lifter,” she said. “I want everybody who wants to the doors of this gym to be truly comfortable. We offer personal one-on-one training in hourly sessions.”

Like other fitness centers, you have to have a membership but there are no contracts or enrollment fees. You just pay per month. Prospective members can have a free trial first.

Morris said children can come to McDowell Fitness Center. “It’s for all ages,” she added.

Her center is part of SilverSneakers, which is a free Medicare health and fitness program for older adults and those with disabilities.

The new McDowell Fitness Center is just one of the new businesses opening inside the Miller Complex. It is right next to Chance of Sprinkles Bakeshop, FAB Physique, the Inside Out Boxing & Fitness Club. The Hair Boutique, the Forever Young indoor playground and the Above the Barre dance and gymnastics academy are coming next. The complex will soon house a restaurant and more businesses.

“It’s going to be like a mini shopping center or a mini mall with shops and restaurants,” said Washburn. “It’s growing.”

McDowell Fitness Center has a website www.mcdowellfitnesscenter.com and a Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/mcdowellfitnesscenter/. It is also on Instagram and Twitter.

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