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Rando's Fitness Center opens in Martinsburg

August 01, 1997

By DON AINES

Staff Writer, Martinsburg

MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - About 13 years ago, Randall "Rando" Coyle bought some exercise bicycles at Nichol's for his first fitness center, a 1,400-square-foot storefront gym on Edwin Miller Boulevard.

Now, Rando's Fitness Center occupies the former department store at 1300 N. Queen St. where Coyle bought those cycles. At 41,000 square feet, general manager Jim Foster said, "You'd have to go to Tyson's Corner in the Washington, D.C., area to find a facility this big."

The business of the former nationally ranked body builder from Hedgesville, W.Va., has grown steadily, first with an expansion of the original site and then a second site at Pikeside Plaza.

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About five years ago he opened another facility off Pennsylvania Avenue in Hagerstown about the same size as the Pikeside location. That became the first Super Rando's when it moved across the street to a 36,000-square-foot building.

On July 14, the new Martinsburg Rando's opened it doors. It consolidates the two previous Martinsburg locations, a smaller facility in Charles Town and a tanning salon in Shepherdstown.

"This won't be our largest facility within a year," Foster added. Rando's is looking at another former Nichols store in Rochester, N.Y., with 60,000 square feet and another somewhat smaller site in Woodbridge, Va.

The Martinsburg Rando's has about 1,600 members, but Foster said the company hopes that will exceed 5,000 in a year.

Inside are rows of high-tech walkers, aerobicycles, stair climbers and other exercise equipment, weight machines and free weights. Some walls are mirrored, while others have televisions so the scenery changes for people like 20-year-old Kristen Mumaw of Hedgesville, who was taking a brisk walk on a treadmill Wednesday.

There are saunas, whirlpools, a snack area, game room, seven tanning booths and a child care area. Membership is $250 a year, although tanning is extra and child care is just $1.50 per session.

A growing part of Rando's business is corporate membership and wellness programs. Foster said Rando's works with about 140 businesses in the Hagerstown area and 80 to 100 in Martinsburg.

It's not just helping a company's bottom line by keeping its work force fit, Foster explained. The company is expanding into pre-employment screening with prospective employees being "sent to us to complete a battery of tests."

That includes checking cardiovascular endurance and seeing if someone has a physical problem that would preclude them from doing certain jobs. Rando's even does drug screenings through an arrangement with an area medical laboratory.

"We're their one-stop shop if they have an issue concerning wellness and fitness," Foster explained. That includes working with local rehabilitation clinics for post-rehab, ongoing maintenance and fitness.

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