Most people in America are overweight or obese, but most Americans also can’t afford a $50-a-month gym membership, said Landon Burningham.
Burningham is trying to help out with Physiq Fitness, which offers memberships for as low as $10 per month.
The latest location for Physiq opened on Thursday in the old Albertson’s storefront off of Waverly Drive.
“Our whole reason for starting this company was to change people’s lives,” said Burningham, who opened his first gym in 2010 in Salem.
The new Albany gym has plenty of room for free weights and modern weight machines, as well as 42 treadmills, 16 elliptical machines, six Stairmasters, and other machines for cardio workouts. The facility also is open for 24 hours a day on weekdays.
Burningham said he aims to make Physiq a place that people enjoy coming to, including youngsters who are dropped off in a supervised children’s area.
“We want people to come in and we want people to have a great time and get results,” Burningham said.
That includes novices, intermediate level clients and accomplished athletes.
“I broke up with my last gym to come here,” said Mandi McAlpine, who worked out at Physiq last week. "I can tan, I can hydro and it’s $20 a month. I was paying $39 a month at my old gym, and now I’m getting more.”
Zack Parker of Albany said he joined in part because Physiq is close to his house. “Ten dollars a month? I’ll use it as much as I can,” he said, adding that he plans to do plenty of aerobic exercise. The Aumsville firefighter has a stair climb competition coming up soon.
Physiq’s $10 per month membership offers access to cardio machines and weights on the main floor of the gym, as well as a theater workout space that offers entertainment on a 20-foot screen.
A $20 premium membership adds tanning, hydro massages, guest passes, and certain classes, including cardio dance, Zumba, yoga and spin workouts.
For a $40 “Q-fit” membership, guests can use every amenity at every Physiq location, including team training, recovery rooms, heart rate monitoring and more.
Besides its new Albany gym, Physiq has three sites in the Salem area.
“The ultimate goal is to franchise and have locations all over,” Burningham said.
There are joining fees and child care fees, for those with youngsters.
Burningham said he and his business partners had been considering the former Albertson’s site for roughly three years. Renovations took about four months to complete.
“Albertson’s basically left everything in here … I loved seeing that transition, the remodel, the new club,” Burningham said.
He added that the transformation and his pride in watching it unfold was like seeing a gym member lose 100 pounds — which has happened at Physiq locations.