Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Critics Fit To Be Tied Over 24-Hour Gyms

“With two small children and a business that requires face-time with clients, Brian Eyster wants to work out when everyone else is going to sleep. So earlier this year, Eyster, 32, of Royal Oak, Mich., joined Anytime Fitness, a 24-hour franchise where gym members use a pin number or key card to get into an unstaffed gym. Watch out mega health club. The 24-hour fitness center is one of the fastest growing fitness franchises, billing itself as an alternative to oversized and overpriced health clubs. But the explosion has also raised concerns about whether people should be working out in a fitness facility unsupervised, especially late at night. Anytime Fitness, which was founded in 2002 in Hastings, Minn., opens a new club each business day and is on target to have 1,000 clubs operating before the end of the year, says spokesman Mark Daly.”,0,2279123.story

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