New gym offers option to work out around the clock

Phil Castle, The Business Times

 A newly opened gym in Grand Junction offers members a place at which they can work out literally any time they want.

Monument Fitness is open around-the-clock, and members use personal identification numbers to access the facility.

“The advantages of a members-only gym is the freedom to exercise at your own convenience regardless of the time, night or day,” said Aaron Ganss, general manager. “We have a professional, well-lit, surveillance camera security facility.”

Monument Fitness opened Dec. 15 in the Monument Village Shopping Center in the Redlands area of Grand Junction.

The new business constitutes the evolution of a gym owners Margaret Taylor and Paul Vogt used to operate in their garage, Ganss said.

“Just a couple of us started working out in their garage three to four times a week, and eventually that grew to two classes a night five nights a week. More and more people wanted to join, but there was only so much room in a garage gym,” Ganss said.

That interest prompted Taylor and Vogt to take the operation to the next level, Ganss said. “So they stated shopping gym locations to see what was available in the valley. When they found our current location, they jumped on it and here we are.”

Ganss, Taylor and Vogt bring a combined 40 years of experience in the health and wellness field to the venture. Taylor has worked as a personal trainer for 20 years and a fitness competitor for the better part of that time.

Monument Fitness offers an array of exercise equipment that includes everything from free weights and plate-loaded machines to spin bikes and ellipticals.

Both individual and group training is available, Ganss said. Trainers can develop customized workout and eating plans that help members prepare for swimsuit season or an athletic competition, recover from an injury or simply lead healthier lifestyles.

As a members-only gym, Monument Fitness doesn’t accept drop-ins or offer punch cards. Instead, members enjoy access to the gym 24-hours a day and work out when they want, Ganss said.

“We aren’t your typical, large-scale gym, and we don’t strive to be,” Ganss said. “We’re not glitzy or glamorous. We’re a ‘come in, work hard and get out’ style of gym. We’re a small neighborhood gym that’s passionate about what we do and the people we help.”

In that sense, only the location of the operation has changed, Ganss said. “It still feels like the old garage, but on a little bigger scale.”