Geni Telkamp was inspired to open Pace Fitness because she wanted to
challenge herself -- in more ways than one.
Not only did Telkamp want to succeed as an entrepreneur by opening
her own fitness center, she wanted to provide a workout for other
women who don’t like traditional gyms.
“A lot of women who come here say that for the first time in their
life, they like exercising,” she said this week. “It’s less
intimidating than a gym because there are no men, and they don’t have
to figure out what types of weights to use.”
Pace Fitness, at 228 N. Glenoaks Blvd., specializes in circuit
training, a rapid-paced exercise system where members alternate every
30 seconds between using hydraulic strength-training machines that
work out every part of the body and cardiovascular stations that keep
their heart rates elevated. Telkamp says members can burn from 350 to
650 calories per session.
Telkamp, who opened the storefront center July 5, said what sets
it apart from other 30-minute circuit-training centers is the six
levels of resistance on Pace -- the brand of equipment she named her
“It provides a workout for women of all different fitness levels
so that they can obtain their fitness goals,” she said.
The cost for a membership is $75 to register and $25 a month.
Telkamp said she donates $20 of each new member’s registration fee to
the PTA of their choice or the parent-education program at Burbank
Jackie Cole, a Burbank resident who recently joined Pace, said she
likes the noncompetitive environment.
“Everyone is doing their own thing,” Cole said. “And if I have any
questions about the machines, I don’t feel uncomfortable asking,
whereas at a gym, I do.”