WALNUT — A Walnut couple has recently opened a 24-hour fitness center in this northern Bureau County village.
James and Tracey Schoff, who both grew up in the Walnut area, are the owners of Main Street Motivation located at 116 S. Main St. in Walnut.
“We tossed around an idea for five years but never thought it would be reality,” she said. “We wanted to open this business in downtown Walnut because of all the empty buildings. We were inspired by Kirsten Johnston, who bought an empty building in downtown Walnut and opened Pass It Along. We looked at this building and thought it was the best fit.”
The Schoffs, parents of Tanner, Tucker, Hunter and Callie, live on a farm outside of Walnut.
“It is our mission to enhance the fitness and wellness of every single member of our community,” said Tracey. “We have had a great response since opening on Jan. 6. We have members ranging in age from 14 to 80 years old.”
The business is open 24 hours day, seven days a week.
“We hope to have it staffed in the future, but for now, we don’t have set hours for someone to be here,” she explained. “We hope to get three personal trainers in the future and a virtual classroom in the back of the building where people can choose from 100 classes to watch. We want to have yoga, Pilates, kick boxing, senior citizens classes and kids classes.”
Seventy percent of Main Street Motivation’s members have never been a gym member before joining, added Tracey.
“We will explain the equipment and give them workout programs,” she said.
Main Street Motivation has cardio equipment with integrated entertainment and all popular multimedia hookups, and free weights/selectorized equipment.
“Our three sons all played football and were in weight rooms and fitness centers, so they told us what kind of equipment to get. We got advice from our kids on what pieces of equipment would be good to include.”
Since Tracey teaches at Bureau Valley North, she sees the importance of classes for children to promote family health.
“We were born in Walnut, went to school here and want to raise our family in Walnut,” she said.
People can contact the Schoffs at 815-379-3061 or at firstname.lastname@example.org. Their website address is www.mainstreetmotivation.com.
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