GALLIPOLIS — A new fitness center on Jackson Pike called the Body Barn will have a “soft” opening Feb. 15 to test the workings of its new business before a more official grand opening ceremony takes place March 1.
Body Barn co-owners Eddie Starcher and Jennifer Bailey operate another Body Barn in the Mason, W.Va., area and are expanding their business into the Gallipolis region after having felt a business opportunity had presented itself. According to Starcher, he and his fiancée Bailey, felt there was a need for a fitness center in the area and it would prove to be a “good place” for the community in the promotion of public health.
Starcher is an experienced executive officer of 24 years with the West Virginia State Police and is trained in police “special operations.” Bailey is a fourth-degree black belt martial artist with knowledge of taekwondo as well as other martial art styles. She has served as an experienced sales and marketing representative, and has experience managing salons and fitness gyms. Starcher has managed fitness gyms since his time attending college, as well as having served as a commander of law enforcement.
According to Starcher, the new Body Barn facility will make use of treadmills, elliptical machines, free weights as well as pin weight machines. Zumba classes will be offered along with boxing, self-defense, yoga, boot camp-style classes and potentially more. The facility will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, including holidays. Surveillance cameras will be implemented to ensure gym members’ safety as well as gym security.
B.J. Robinson, of Gallipolis, will be serving as a fitness instructor with the facility and is an experienced boxer as well as mixed martial arts competitor. Along with Bailey, he is anticipated to teach self-defense and jui-jitsu classes. Robinson also has experience working with individuals suffering Parkinson’s disease in an attempt to promote better physical health.
Rette Carmichael Roettker will also serve as a group fitness instructor with the Body Barn while also being a certified personal trainer.
“We’ve had so many people tell us they loved the atmosphere at the other (Body Barn) in Mason,” Bailey said. “We’ve had a lot of people tell us they’re excited for our new spot here.”
Body Barn staff have said they pride themselves on motivating clients and welcome all people, regardless of fitness level, to participate in classes and equipment offered at the facility. Beginners or lifting veterans, the staff aim to create a supportive fitness community at the Jackson Pike location. Bailey encouraged local women to take advantage of the facility as well as self-defense classes..
Memberships can be purchased at $30 a month or $275 a year. Family rates allow one full-price patron to have a second member of the family member purchase a gym membership at half price. Family members must be living in the same household and be of immediate family status. Gym members will purchase a swipe card to allow them into the facility.
For more information, visit the Body Barn Fitness Center Facebook page or call (304) 674-9269.
Dean Wright can be reached at (740) 446-2342, Ext. 2103.