Citizens HealthPlex plans expansion

Elena Watts By Elena Watts

Jan. 29, 2014 at 6:03 p.m.
Updated Jan. 28, 2014 at 7:29 p.m.

Citizens HealthPlex plans to add a 2,800-square-foot building adjacent to the gym to accommodate growth of its CrossFit program.

"CrossFit builds the body with real-life activities like squatting, reaching and rotating instead of lifting certain amounts of weight in idealized postures on workout machines," said Tami Brzozowski, fitness manager for Citizens HealthPlex.

About 70 CrossFit participants, who share the basketball court with pickleball and basketball players, will move to the new building, Brzozowski said.

"Freeing up space in the gym allows for the growth of pickleball, full-court basketball and the return of volleyball to the HealthPlex," Shannon Spree, marketing coordinator for Citizens Medical Center, said in a news release.

In pickleball - a cross between tennis, badminton and table tennis - players hit plastic wiffle balls with wooden paddles over a net in an area slightly smaller than a tennis court.

"It will definitely open up the gym so we can have two pickleball games going at once and more times throughout the day to play," said April Yahagi, 50, a gym member. "We have lost some of our players because they cannot play in the afternoon."

About 16 members play pickleball regularly from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

"I watched for about a month before I tried it," Yahagi said. "It is an opportunity for all ages to socialize, play hard and work up a sweat."

The new building also holds potential to house other classes, boot camps and summer camps for high school athletes, Brzozowski said.

Plans are being finalized, and the county intends to take bids in late February, according to the news release.

Citizens HealthPlex opened in 2001 as the wellness and rehabilitation branch of Citizens Medical Center.

The construction of the new addition will also be funded by the hospital.

"At Citizens HealthPlex, we listen to the feedback we receive from our members, and we try to find ways to fill every member's needs, if possible," said Bret Barnett, director of Citizens HealthPlex, in a news release. "Adding another building to allow for expansion of services serves as a win-win for everyone."



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