A brand new fitness facility in Goshen opened it's doors to the public with the goal of helping the community maintain a healthy lifestyle, just in time for the new year.
One of the owners of the Anytime Fitness franchise, Joel Koeneman, says it's his passion to help people, and that he'd reached a point in life when he knew it was time to focus on health.
"I think like a lot of people out there, [I] had given up on not only myself, but getting back into fitness was just seomthing I hadn't really expected to do. I think we tend to surprise ourselves sometimes when opportunity arises. If we have the ability to recognize it, we can seize it and at least capture a little bit of that opportunity and push as far as we can with that opportunity, and I think that makes all the difference in the world."
Koeneman says his focus was to establish a family-owned fitness center based on convenience and cleanliness, and to help other's get on the path of healthy living.
"That's half the battle, if you can get excited about something you don't necessarily like to do, all the more power to you. It is tough to get out there and make that change. We try to tear down those barriers that people put in," says Koeneman.
And to help with that motto, Koeneman has paired with a local celebrity couple to offer a lifestyle fitness program. The Picklers participated on season 13 of the Biggest Loser, and say they want to share with others what they've learned.
"We feel like we've learned from the best easily in the nation, possibly in the world. So we have taken everything we've learned, and all we're doing is paying it forward," says Chris Pickler.
The couple each lost over 80 pounds on the show and says they plan to continue the healthy lifestyle they learned from the show. Roy Pickler says he even plans to lose more weight.
"It doesn't take anybody that has to be able to run a marathon to start this program. If you have trouble getting out of the chair, there's still hope for you," says Roy Pickler.
Their main goal- to let others know weight loss is possible, even without professional doctors on national television.
"We are two simple people from a small community in Anytown, USA. And if we can do it, anyone can do it," says Chris Pickler.
The program is $130 for 13 weeks. There's still time to sign up, contact Anytime FItness in Goshen for more information.