FAIRMONT- Since opening nearly three and a half years ago, Live Fit Sport and Wellness Center in Fairmont has added several exciting offerings. Recently, the gym took over Fairmont CrossFit and now has expansion plans to accommodate the increased offerings.
Live Fit occupies most of the former Kmart building, which it shares with Tractor Supply Company. Live Fit opened in 2020 with a running track, artificial fields, two half courts for basketball, volleyball or racquetball, locker rooms, restrooms, tanning beds, two saunas and lots of exercise equipment. It also has massage and chiropractic services.
Alex Schliesmann, owner of Live Fit, shared what he has added since then.
“We added two Trackman golf simulators. We just put in a new cooler last month for cold water, it’s new,” Schliesmann said.
Although the basketball courts can be used for pickleball, Schliesmann said he will order a new pickleball court, which should come in the next few weeks.
The latest addition to CrossFit is a big and noticeable change.
“Andy (Sodersten, head coach at Fairmont CrossFit) approached me and we bought them. LiveFit based on CrossFit,” Schliesmann said.
He said that there had originally been discussions about a location at Live Fit, but the idea of taking it was repeated, and Schliesmann was excited about the prospect.
“We thought it would be easier for the membership,” Schliesmann said. “Every CrossFit member has access to seven CrossFit classes and everything on Live Fit.”
One of the benefits of adopting CrossFit is that it adds another element to Live Fit with more options for members. A bonus is that everything is conveniently under one roof.
“Now we offer more classes. We have lessons throughout the day. There are classes that I teach, Silver Sneakers, and all that,” Schliesmann said.
Along with eight CrossFit coaches, there are four Live Fit trainers who teach a variety of classes from circuit and strength training to flexibility and yoga.
Not only does Live fit serve its members, but it also opens up opportunities for other community groups.
The Martin County Magic, a sports program in Fairmont-Martin County West, uses Live Fit, not only for practices, but also for its home varsity and junior varsity meets.
“Fairmont and MCW CER (Community Education and Recreation) run youth sports programs here,” Schliesmann said.
Socializing and interacting with other groups is something Schliesmann likes to do and wants to do more of. He said the Fairmont and Granada-Huntley-East Chain golf clubs have come to use the practice golf and putting greens and the Fairmont club has also come to use the running track.
“We do a lot of things with local sports teams for sure,” Schliesmann said.
In total, Live Fit has nearly 2,000 members and recently acquired all 100 members of Fairmont CrossFit. Schliesmann noted that many of the members are from outside of Fairmont and outside of Martin County.
“We bring in people. We bring in a lot of people from northern Iowa. We recently brought in a woman who lives in Madelia but signed up for a membership here. She lives in Madelia, works in Mankato, and comes to the gym here,” he said.
With the addition of people, equipment and offerings, Live Fit has made the decision to expand. Schliesmann explained that the idea was already on the table because he wanted to expand the Paris Speed School, which is a national sports clinic.
“We want to expand this with CrossFit to expand these programs,” he said.
Schliesmann explained that there is still a lot of unused space behind the building.
“It is a place that I am not renting now, but I will add to my place and add to it.” We plan to launch this within the next 12 months,” Schliesmann said.
He said that since opening, the business has been booming and growing faster than expected by adding several hundred members a year.
“That’s why we’re expanding and investing in the business,” Schliesmann said.