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Author Nora Roberts' fitness center to open beginning of October

September 02, 2011|By HEATHER KEELS |
  • Fit in BoonsBoro, a two-story fitness center for men and women, will open in a building being renovated at 3 St. Paul St. in October.
By Kevin G. Gilbert/Staff Photographer

BOONSBORO, Md. — A new fitness center owned by author Nora Roberts is on track to open at the beginning of October near the author's romance-themed inn in Boonsboro, according to the gym's manager.

Fit in BoonsBoro, a two-story fitness center for men and women, will open in a building being renovated at 3 St. Paul St., Manager Heidi Bodenheimer said.

Roberts decided the building — a former tanning salon — needed some "TLC" and thought a fitness center would fill an unserved need in the growing Boonsboro community, Bodenheimer said.

"Twenty minutes down the road is the closest gym, and that gets to be problematic when it's 20 minutes there and 20 minutes back, especially if you have kids," she said.

The center will have exercise equipment, a group activities room, a Kids Fit area, and men's and women's locker rooms with steam rooms and saunas for each, Bodenheimer said.

The gym will have a circuit weight-training area, a body-weight training system, functional training apparatus, ellipticals, bikes and treadmills. The machines are each equipped with a personal TV, she said.

Group classes will include popular activities like yoga, Pilates and Zumba, as well as more unusual classes such as Drums Alive, which uses stability balls with drumsticks, and Balletone, a standing pilates workout.

The center will also have a massage therapist, Bodenheimer said.

The minimum age for membership will be 14, and teens 14 to 17 will need to be accompanied by a parent, she said. Guests will have the option of paying for an individual visit or buying a card good for five, 10 or 20 visits, she said.

The amenities package for guests at Inn BoonsBoro will include cards to use the fitness center, she said.

Bodenheimer, a certified personal trainer and group fitness instructor, was hired in May to be the center's manager. Originally from Camp Hill, Pa., she has lived in Boonsboro for 10 years, she said.

Renee Schukman is the center's assistant manager.

Other employees, including personal trainers, group exercise instructors, front desk staff and Kids Fit staff, have already been hired, Bodenheimer said.

As of Thursday, Fit in BoonsBoro had nearly 300 "likes" on its Facebook page. A website,, is scheduled to launch next week.

Bodenheimer would not say how much membership fees would cost, but said they were "reasonable and competitive" with other area gyms. The center will also have special pre-sale rates when memberships go on sale, likely within the next week, she said.

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