CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - It has all of the makings of a typical gym, but members say their recreation facility offers an non intimidating place to get in shape.
"It's just fun and it's safe and it's nurturing and it's like family," said Jane Taylor. She has been coming to the Covenant Presbyterian Recreation Center for years. This year, she made a resolution to drop some pounds for a special occasion.
"My son is getting married in October so I would like to be a little bit thinner like everyone else, so I'm going to get in shape," Taylor said.
Recreations Director, Anne Steppe, says this time of year they see an influx of resolution makers. "There's always what some people call the tourist season at gyms. We will see that here as well."
Part of the reason this center explodes is because of the affordable price. Classes here cost just five dollars, and the first class is always free.
"Well it's so economical," Taylor said. I don't know where else you can go and have this safe environment with your friends, and have fun.
"We won't turn anybody away for membership here. We keep our costs very low, we work with people that are out of work or on a fixed income," Steppe said.
They offer basketball, yoga classes, a running track, and functional fitness for everyday life, and they offer a place of solitude, to get away and clear your mind.
Steppe says it's designed that way for a reason. "We are not just a gym, we don't just have classes and just have basketball camps. We hope that through what we offer and how people are encouraged to be involved that we're not only impacting an individual but we're impacting the city and the county and the state and the world."
"Just walk in the door, just take that first step, because once you take the first step and come through the door the people here will greet you and make you feel welcome," said Taylor.
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