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Milford Beacon
  • Bayhealth upgrades Milford’s Lifestyles Fitness Center

  • Bayhealth took advantage of its recent decision to close the Kent General Lifestyles Fitness Center by transferring equipment for an upgrade to its Milford Memorial Hospital facility.
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  • Bayhealth took advantage of its recent decision to close the Kent General Lifestyles Fitness Center by transferring equipment for an upgrade to its Milford Memorial Hospital facility.
    Bayhealth’s decision to nix its Kent General program in November allowed the Milford Lifestyles Fitness Center to update its 14-year-old circuit system, improving the gym’s floor plan while also replacing and enhancing outdated equipment.
    “The new technology is more biomechanically sound,” said Lifestyles Fitness Center Manager Paul LeBlanc. “We looked at what we needed, being a small facility, and how we could be more efficient and more economical.”
    The fitness center is open to anyone to join, requiring a monthly membership fee and a doctor’s approval. The center’s three exercise specialists are certified and trained to also work with individuals who are finishing physical therapy or cardiac rehabilitation, medical services that are offered in the same building.
    While the center’s medical facility setting offers a unique opportunity for recovering patients, it also serves a wide variety of clients from age 15 to 90, explained exercise specialists Alex Johnston and Erik Bork.
    “The upgrades help us meet the specific needs of the clientele in the area,” Bork said. “We have a lot of retirees, but we want to accommodate the new members too, including high school students, men in their 20s who like to lift weights and women who are working out here.”
    The Milford facility’s upgrades came at no extra cost, according to LeBlanc, who said the fitness center is now able to meet more diverse workout needs. New equipment included several circuit training machines, a Concept II rower, Precor Elliptical, flat bench, incline bench and bumper plates. The facility was also able to triple the number of kettle bells and medicine balls available.
    “Not only are we now able to meet the needs of heavier weights, but we also have lighter weights for people to be introduced to,” LeBlanc said. “Down at Milford, we felt it was a good service connected right to rehab services and a good way of integrating post-rehabilitation programs for people.”
    Replacing the old machines and bringing in newer equipment also allowed for the gym to reorganize its floor plan, opening up space for walkways and more fluid workouts.
    “It’s something fresh and new,” Bork said. “It was a needed update.”
    Lifestyles Fitness Center member Eugene Helmick, of Lincoln, agreed the new machines are an improvement.
    “I like it,” he said. “There’s more floor space where people can do other exercises, too.”
    Page 2 of 2 - Unlike Bayhealth’s Dover facility, LeBlanc said the Milford location simply does not have as much competition from other gyms in the area, and that its on-site location helps attract clients.
    “We could always take more members, we’re not at our capacity,” LeBlanc said, “but it’s the community support at Milford, internally by our employees and externally by the community members, that keeps the Milford center afloat.”
    While new equipment was necessary to stay up to date, LeBlanc said it’s the professional services provided by the fitness center’s exercise specialists and not necessarily the equipment that draws in the center’s 375 members.
    “Our biggest thing is our customized programs,” LeBlanc said. “We’re not about renting equipment; we’re about providing services for our members.”
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