by Lisa Tome
Don't let their toned bodies fool you.
Both Frank Wood and Tony Atwood, owners of Rising Sun's new fitness center, NLX (No Limit Xtreme) Fitness, have battled the bulge.
"I was overweight. Over 300 pounds. I hired a personal trainer nine years ago and in six months lost over 100 pounds. I didn't turn back, but I still struggle with weight. I've been through it. I've been there," said Atwood, 29.
Wood of Cochranville, Pa. and Atwood of Oxford, Pa. met while working out at the YMCA in Jennersville. Wood owns a property maintenance business and saw that there was rental space in the strip mall on Colonial Way where NLX has opened its doors. Wood said opening the fitness center has been the culmination of a dream for him.
"It's been on our minds to do this. We looked at a place in New Jersey but that didn't feel right," Wood said.
He signed a three-year-lease and plans to expand the business to other locations if all goes well.
Since opening, more than 80 people have joined from Cecil County as well as Pennsylvania. The initiation fee is $59.95 which includes a personal training session. Monthly fee is $32.95.
"The new fad is to start a gym without staff. We wanted to have staff here. We have people available," said Wood.
He also said that the staff will help members with diet plans and an exercise regimen.
Wood and Atwood said that they have worked to create an environment that can serve all ages. "We tried to put together a facility where everyone can use our equipment," said Wood.
They sell protein powders and nutrition supplements but Atwood said he emphasizes healthy eating. "We have the tendency to put on weight without a strict diet," said Wood.
In addition to Wood and Atwood, Omar Bautista, an AAAI and FDFF certified personal trainer, also works at NLX. Kara Reisler and Erin Kucera are the wellness staffers.
NLX offers weight management, cardio equipment, Hammer Strength brand equipment, a fitness center, nutritional education, and personal training services. The business officially opened on September 15. A grand opening celebration was held over the weekend.
The hours at NLX Fitness are 5 a.m. until 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 6 a.m. until 9 p.m. on Sundays.