For people who can’t afford a typical gym membership, or who need to work out in a facility that is closer to work or home, a new alternative has emerged in Bangor, AY. There, the local high school opened the Wellness Center at Bangor High School. The new Wellness Center is open to students, staff and community members.
The idea for creating a community fitness center came about when the high school weight room was closed for renovations. Says Shewn Michel, wellness coordinator, “… a close examination of our weight room revealed that much of the equipment was not up to today’s safety standards. The weight room was [updated] to provide our athletes with more modern … equipment.” After the renovation, the facility was “fit” to be open to the general public. Equipment includes 16 free-weight stations, 13 weight machines, eight cardio machines and two abdominal machines.
One perk to being a member at the Wellness Center is the cost of membership. “The unique thing about our facility,” says Michel, “is that it is very affordable compared to most commercial fitness centers.… Ours is less than half the average cost, [and] without the drive to another city.” Membership rates vary, depending on who the member is. There are rates for the staff of the Bangor Public School District, community members, parents of students and students, plus one-year, six-month, three-month and one-month memberships.
Operating hours are Monday to Friday, 6 to 7:30 a.m., and 2:30 to 8 p.m. During the day, the facility is open for high school, middle school and alternative education physical education classes. In the summer, the hours are 9 to 11 a.m., and 4 to 8 p.m.