A new gym and aerobics facility quietly opened its doors on State Street last month, taking over the space formerly occupied by .
Final Fitness, located at 1140 State Street, was started by Lemont residents Rick and Bernice Hill, who wanted to keep the gym open after Cardinal Fitness announced it was leaving town.
"We had been going to Cardinal Fitness, and heard they were moving out. We didn't want to see the place disappear, so we decided to take over the space and open our own gym," Bernice Hill said.
The Hills bring more than 30 years of experience to their new business. Both held long-term positions at Bally Total Fitness, but always dreamed of owning a gym of their own.
"We're excited to clean the place up and update all the equipment," Bernice said.
Final Fitness has a large weightlifting area and dozens of machines, as well as a spacious aerobic room. Bernice said various aerobic classes and personal training will be available for gym members.
Improvements include new carpet and paint, towels, luxury bathroom products and upgraded equipment. The Hills are also adding a juice bar and a children's area where kids can play and watch television while their parents work out.
"We're updating everything to make this a really nice place for our members," Bernice said.
Final Fitness is honoring existing Cardinal contracts, but members will no longer have access to other Cardinal locations. Cardinal members from other locations will be able to use Final Fitness until July 1.
The cost to join is $25 a month with a $50 start-up fee
Final Fitness is open Monday through Thursday, 5 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday, 5 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Saturday and Sunday, 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Bernice said the gym's website, www.finalfitnesslemont.com, should launch by the end of the week.
For more information, call 630-243-9999.
- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -