Although it held a “soft” opening several weeks ago, Anytime Fitness officially opened its doors Saturday in the Town Center with a ribbon-cutting ceremony where civic leaders, chamber of commerce staff and community members welcomed the gym to La Cañada Flintridge.
The 24-hour access gym at 890 Town Center Drive, open to members every day of the year for use, also features a chiropractic doctor and a Shiatsu massage therapist on site.
Each person who attended the grand opening was given a voucher for one free week of gym access and the $79.95 enrollment fee was waived for those who signed up over the weekend.
La Cañada resident Karl Eng, owner of the local facility and a doctor of chiropractic medicine who had his own practice in Pasadena for 16 years, will serve as the chiropractor in residence. He offers his services to members who want to train but who may be suffering from an injury or misalignment.
“Some people want [aerobic classes], but this gym is like the body repair shop. We repair bodies. Having a chiropractor with the gym is a perfect glove that fits…the chiropractor can adjust, advise customers and we can show them what machines to use or not use,” said Tony Zeno, Anytime Fitness manager.
The La Cañada location is one of 1800 Anytime Fitness gyms worldwide, and Anytime Fitness members have reciprocal benefits to other locations whenever they are traveling and away from their regular location.
In addition to naming Tony Zeno the facility’s manager, Eng hired Tony’s brother, Mike Zeno, as a trainer. Both Zeno brothers played college and professional basketball before turning to careers in personal training and fitness with name brand gyms.
Eng’s brother Kent Eng serves as a certified trainer and Shiatsu massage therapist.
The facility offers six treadmills, four elliptical machines, four recumbent bikes along with numerous other weight and strength training machines in a 5,000-square- foot space.
The gym already sees clientele who work unusual hours, including LAPD members, CHP officers, emergency room doctors and nurses.
“When I walked in the door and saw the equipment to work with, I thought it was fantastic, [I’m] very impressed,” said Margaret Pankratz, Ambassador of the Year for the Chamber of Commerce.
“We’re so glad a new business is opening,” said Bill Hacket, field representative for Assemblyman Anthony Portantino, “especially in this economy.”