By Frank Lewis
September 6, 2013
PDT Staff Writer
Yvonne Hale is a ball of energy. Now she is taking that energy to a new level with the opening of her new gym Iron Body Fitness at 505 Washington St. in Portsmouth. Iron Body Fitness, a full service gym, opens at 5 a.m. Monday.
“I think there’s a genuine need for different kind of gym,” Hale said. “I think there’s a lot of great facilities around here and there needs to be one that caters to a different group. I hope to create an atmosphere of excitement - people who will look forward to coming to get their workout in - versus dreading going to the gym every day.”
Hale said she is inspired by several things including Scioto County’s poor health ranking (88th in the state), a desire to set the mark for bringing people downtown again, and a husband and family that have been a positive support throughout her endeavor.
“I now have a three-year-old and a five-year-old, and I want them to grow up here, stay here, go to college, find a nice job here, and not have to move to a bigger city,” Hale said.
Iron Body Fitness has cardiovascular equipment, strength equipment, free weights, multiple leg machines, stepmills, treadmills and ellipticals, cable crossovers, squat racks, Zumba (starting Oct. 7), yoga (starting Oct. 9), and within the next couple of weeks, will have a smoothie bar. IBF also offers, with additional fees, personal training by Jeremy Slusher, massage therapy and supplements.
“We also have a Kids Zone,” Hale said. “That is another reason that inspired me to open a gym. Once I got pregnant, the gym that I went to decided to no more have day care services, and with my husband working midnights, and me a day shift, it’s hard for me to get a workout in. Being able to bring your child here if you are here an hour or so and get a workout in, you feel better that they are just right there.”
A yearly membership for an individual is $300 / $25 a month. Couples membership is $40 a month / $480 a year. And Family membership is $540 a year / $45 a month. A family is a husband and wife and their children ages 13-20 living within that household. Members can pay month-to-month, the first visit is free, and there are no enrollment fees.
Hours are - Monday-Thursday, 5 a.m. - 9 p.m.; Friday, 5 a.m. -7 p.m.; Saturday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sunday, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Kids Zone hours during the week are 4-8 p.m., and 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. on the weekends.
Hale said anyone wanting more information on the gym and membership can contact her online.
“We open this coming Monday (Sept. 9), and we open at 5 a.m.,” Hale said. “I’m on Facebook at Yvonne Boyd Hale, and my e-mail address is email@example.com. I have some flyers posted with the fees, the rates and the hours. I’m working on a website, I don’t have that quite up and running.”
Hale is not only court administrator for Judge William T. Marshall, and a budding entrepreneur, but she is also a competitor in Figure.
“A few days before my 40th birthday I qualified for nationals,” Hale said. “I do Figure Competition. Figure is just a softer version of a bodybuilder - less bulk - a more feminine and more conditioned shape. I finished second in Masters, and third in Overall at the Kentucky Muscle Competition.”
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