PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA
CAMERON PARK resident Comer Johnson, 72, reads "The Inflation Deception" while getting in his workout at Snap Fitness in Cameron Park. Johnson said his health insurance company paid for his membership and he's been coming five days a week ever since. Democrat photo by Krysten Kellum

CAMERON PARK resident Comer Johnson, 72, reads "The Inflation Deception" while getting in his workout at Snap Fitness in Cameron Park. Johnson said his health insurance company paid for his membership and he's been coming five days a week ever since. Democrat photo by Krysten Kellum

Medical Guide 2011

Snap up a healthy lifestyle

By From page D7 | September 21, 2011

Alana Brady knows the importance of staying physically fit, and that wouldn’t be unusual except for the fact that the young lady has it figured out at a relatively tender age.

“I feel it’s important to work out and stay healthy because I find you make better life choices when you do so,” said Brady, 22, a membership advisor for Snap Fitness.

Brady was leading an informal tour of the facility in Shingle Springs, but she said she also works at the Placerville gym.

“I worked out here before I worked here,” she explained. “With a good workout you can relieve stress … it certainly won’t hurt anyone.”

Forty-two-year-old Doug Nelson of Cameron Park would have to agree. He’s been working out at Snap Fitness for more than two years now, six or seven days a week, and he has dropped a “significant amount” of weight.

“I work out on everything, the weights, cardio bikes, everything,” said Nelson in between breaths as he pumped away on a treadmill.

Nelson was one of about a dozen people using the machines in the cardio room, where individual TV screens are attached for viewing as you work out. Big screen TVs also are scattered about, making for a nice diversion as one sweats and toils toward a more beautiful, fit body.

Gale Shuck, 61, has been visiting Snap Fitness for only a couple of weeks, since she and her husband just moved to Cameron Park from Bakersfield, and her reasons for choosing this particular gym are simple: “It’s the location — and the price,” she said simply as she pulled on a contraption designed to tighten and improve tone of the arms.

“Plus, you can visit any of the Snap Fitness gyms anywhere you go, and that’s important,” Shuck said.

Brady explained that a membership card, used to open up the 24 hour, seven days a week gym can be used to access any of the locations. The card system also is a feature of the security system, and there is 24-hour surveillance in place.

Snap Fitness is open 365 days a year, even on Christmas and New Year’s Day, Brady emphasized.

With the extreme flexibility offered by being open around the clock, Brady said the gym is “never packed.”

“The clients don’t come here at the same time, and we have those with very early or late working schedules that can come in anytime. It really does offer a wide range of use.”

Snap Fitness, with both local gyms owned by Becky Reinhart, just posted its fall schedule, with personal trainers and classes on the menu. Choices include such intriguing titles as Zumba, Pilates, Pure Cycle and core trends. Yoga also is offered, and the time slots look completely do-able. Check out the schedule on the gym’s Website, snapfitness.com.

While busy moms and dads are getting a workout, children are entertained in a jungle-themed room (unattended) where it becomes a social setting featuring fun things to do. “The gym is family oriented, and it’s a really nice place to work” said Brady.

The gym has plenty of showers and changing rooms, and they even thought of the ladies when they threw in a hand-held hair dryer.

Owner Becky Reinhart said that although she opened the health clubs right at the start of the recession five years ago, what has kept Snap Fitness growing is that “we truly care about our members and the community.”

“It is not just about selling gym memberships,” Reinhart added. “It is about helping people realize their own goals no matter how big or small they might be. Also, we know that it is important to pay it forward and give back as much as you can to the community.”

Snap Fitness is located at 3975 Durock Road, No. 104, in Shingle Springs and at 1248 Broadway in Placerville. Other locations are scattered throughout the north state and throughout the country.

So grab that membership card and start making some smart life decisions.

Pat Lakey

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