With the goal of promoting a healthy population, Langlade Hospital in Antigo, has built a 17,000 square foot Center for Health & Performance as part of its new hospital.
Having been open for a few months, it's the only such fitness center in the region that is medically directed.
Susan Arrowood and her teenage son Chris, 14, are now regularly getting in a good work out. Chris has been strength and endurance training for the last 14 months, and recently his mom and dad joined too.
"We decided as a family to get off the couch and start to exercise, Susan said.
So far, it's been going well for all of them.
"Personally very well. Between my husband and I we've lost, in ten and a half weeks, 31 pounds. So it's a lot easier to do together than on your own, we kinda make each other feel guilty if we don't come," she said.
Her son has also seen results.
"I've gained a lot of muscle and strength, a lot of stamina was gained," he said. "I've lost 14 pounds since I've started."
They're one of many success stories at the medically directed facility. Patients and the public are welcome to join, but only under the direction of educated medical professionals who oversee evolving workout programs fit for the client.
If a program isn't working out, the trainers fix it. They also switch things up monthly. The medical advice is included in the membership.
"Everything that is provided to our clientele is research based," said Greg Renfro, the center's supervisor. "All the research or information that we give out is based on the American Council of Sports Medicine and the National Strength and Conditioning Association."
Everyone with a medical condition sees a doctor before starting their workout regime. Those with high blood pressure are checked before and after their workout. Some members, like those who are prediabetic, work out based on the medical research that shows how they can improve their health.
"We're able to see many people get off their medications as a result of their training and reduce their medications and some are completely off, and as long as they continue to exercise they'll stay off," Renfro said.
Not all the members have a medical condition. Many just want to get or stay in shape, and more and more are families like Chris Arrowood and his mom and dad.
"Since they've started I've ran some killers with them and they've been getting in shape a little bit but I can always outrun them," Chris laughed.
Since opening in June, the Center for Health & Performance has nearly doubled its membership to more than 800 people.
Click here to learn more about the program, including member fees and hours of operation.
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