Lake Charles gym reopens after nearly two years of being closed

Local gym finally reopens after almost 2 years, prepares for surge of customers
Published: Jan. 4, 2022 at 6:52 PM CST
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Lake Charles, LA (KPLC) - Popular resolutions for the new year: getting healthy and working out. A Lake Charles gym that’s been closed for nearly two years is open just in time to help people on their health journeys.

In March of 2020, Project Fit shut its doors during the pandemic. Now, they are back to helping people get and stay fit at a brand new location.

Closed due to COVID-19 restrictions in Spring of 2020, Project Fit took the opportunity to move into a new building. The gym is owned by Allie and John Davis who say it was the worst timing.

“We agreed to take over this location and move in here and signed the lease. And then, a couple of weeks after that, the hurricane hit and destroyed the building,” Allie Davis said.

They’ve been renovating ever since; until yesterday, when they were finally able to open their new and improved location.

“Feels like the fitness family is coming back together. They’re very excited to be here,” Allie said.

“And we’re just trying to embrace those people and get them back in the gym so they can start living a better life,” John Davis said.

Allie and John are ready for a wave of new sign-ups as people recover from the holidays, kids go back to school and many focus on their resolutions.

“So, about the second or third week of January is when we start to see a big influx of people coming in,” Allie said.

They want to hold new members accountable to ensure a new year’s resolution doesn’t dissolve after a few months.

“We kind of track their progress and make sure that they’re sticking to the plans that they agreed to sign up for,” Allie said.

“We have a lot of direct feedback to our clients as well, and that keeps them engaged,” John said. “So, that’s how we get them past that hump of the newness wearing off.”

With the threat of the Omicron variant, they ensure they are following CDC guidelines and keeping their gym clean.

“Our main focus is on keeping the gym clean. Then we’re putting it back on our members that we’re relying on them not to come in if they’re sick,” John said. “And other than that, we follow strict cleaning protocols. We clean the floors with a machine that kills all the germs.”

They also have hand sanitizer stationed around the gym, along with sanitizing spray to clean the equipment after use.

The Davises are excited to welcome clients - old and new - to start off 2022 strong.

“We’re hoping that these people will all come back and support local,” Allie said.

The gym is now fully open and prepared to take on new clients, along with welcoming former ones back into their new location on Nelson Road.

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