Posted on December 1, 2018
sounds and activities relating to exercise accompanied the ceremonial ribbon cutting held Monday at Workout Anytime in Morristown to celebrate its new owners.
“So delighted that you all are here,” Morristown Area Chamber of Commerce Chairman Chris Horn said in greeting to the group of Chamber ambassadors gathered near the entrance of the business located in Masengill Springs, just off West Andrew Johnson Highway. “We are grateful to Wayne and Susan Gourley for their investment in our community.”
Susan is a nurse practitioner with 34 years of experience in nursing. She earned her MSN from the University of Tennessee. Wayne is a retired compliance auditor, with 45 years of experience in the banking field.
Horn shared an essential fact about the exercise business with his Chamber cohorts. He showed them his official Workout Anytime membership card and explained that his purchase of the card, then carrying it around in his pocket, gave him no real benefit with regard to physical fitness.
“You actually have to come here, and you actually have to use the equipment and put forth some energy. While you make the financial investment, you actually have to make the physical investment,” he said. “We are at that point in time when people start making some New Year’s resolutions. It’s going to be really busy here, so there’s no better day than today to value your health and well-being, whether you’re bulking up, trimming down or just maintaining. Actually, the holidays are stressful sometimes, and working out is a great stress reliever.”
“The more local you have, in terms of ownership, management and involvement, the more likely you are to succeed. Wayne and Susan are local, and I think that’s going to help with the continued success they’ve had here.
The couple closed on the transfer of ownership about nine weeks ago.
“We were faced with some unique challenges at that time. We’re still working on some of those challenges,” Wayne said. “We’ve completed some improvements and upgrades to the facilities.”
Wayne credited staff member Edie Rhoads with building the business over the past four years — “We’re trying to tap into that brain of hers,” he said. “Our goal here is: people, passion and purpose, and in doing so, we are in a position to, no matter what your goal is, provide you with the services, equipment and staff to help you attain your goal.
Workout Anytime is open 24/7 and offers a variety of exercise equipment:
• Strength – free standing squat rack, eight stack cable machine, reinforced flat bench, and free weights.
• Matrix circuit machines and stair climber
• Matrix Cardio equipment – recumbent seated elliptical, recumbent bikes, upright elliptical, video spin bikes.
• Hydro massage
• reACT equipment
• Tanning services (new upright bed coming soon)
Wayne showed guests the ReACT machine.
“This piece of equipment is unique to Workout Anytime,” he said. “It helps you with your leg conditioning and balance. It is used by the NFL, professional skiers and Alpine skiers to help them maintain their muscle mass. This is a real workout right here.”
Susan will be involved in the business as a health coach, teaming up with trainers Justin Dalton and Adam Taylor to address the wholistic wellness of members.
“One thing that we are going to bring into the gym is a new technology, Microsoft fitness analysis, which is a new way of looking at your body and determining what your fat composition is. It’s very similar to a Dexa scan (a non-invasive test that measures bone mineral density to assess if a person is at risk of osteoporosis or fracture), it’s that accurate,” Susan said. “We think that will be a good incentive for people to exercise, as it will show the progress of building muscle or losing fat.”
Susan is in the process of attaining several certifications, including working with the elderly and cancer patients.
Updates to the facility will include the installation of ceiling fans to help with air circulation, especially in the cardio workout areas, he said.
Additional staff members include Jenae Grimes, Demri Redmon and Rachel Stone.
The ribbon cutting heralded a weeklong celebration at the facility that included giveaways, food, a Christmas tree decorating party and diabetes education.
Pastor Dennis Kyle provided the prayer of blessing during the ribbon cutting.
For more information, call 423-353-1003 or visit www.workoutanytime.com/morristown.