24-hour facility open to male, female members

by: ESTACADA NEWS PHOTO: BEVERLY CORBELL - Susan Wagner is leaving Curves after 10 years but will manage a new gym for both men and women at the same location.If you're a guy and want a good gym workout in Estacada, you'll have to drive to somewhere like Sandy. But that will change in the not-too-distant future when the owners of Mastertech Security open an all-purpose, 24-hour fitness center for men and women in the current location of the Curves gym.

Susan Wagner, manager of Curves, said Thursday, May 30, will be her last day to be open, but she'll still have a job. After hearing that the new gym was being planned, she contacted Brenda Crosby of Mastertech and asked if they'd like the space she had been renting for Curves. After running the business for 10 years, she had decided it was time for a change.

After a conversation with Wagner, moving to the Curves spot seemed a good idea to Crosby and so did hiring Wagner to manage the new gym.

"It's really good for the community as a whole to have a his-and-her gym," Wagner said, and she cited a survey Mastertech did of local residents earlier when they got back about 300 reponses.

“There are no other gyms in Estacada and everyone has been very supportive,” she said. “A lot of people are looking forward to it and a lot of husbands are looking forward to it.”

A few of her Curves (all female) clients aren't happy about the new gym being co-ed, but Wagner said she'll do all she can to make them feel at home.

“I want to run the gym with the same comfort level and for them to know they have someone who can help them with their weight loss, training and nutrition,” she said. “My background is in nutrition and exercise and weight loss, and I'll bring that with me.”

Crosby said having Wagner manage the gym is a perfect fit.

“It's not going to be a huge money deal and it pencils out, so when Susan came to me and wanted to know if we were really serious about doing a gym, we thought 'what a great fit,' ” she said.

The new gym will be much larger than Curves and will take up an adjoining business space for a total of 3,300 square feet.

Crosby said the survey was part of studies for the new gym that included trips to other gyms in the area and research on costs. At Hoodland Sport and Fitness in Welches, they met Seth Tinker, who trains skiers and snowboarders, and decided he would be a good fit as well.

“We will probably get our equipment through him and we're also working on a design with him,” she said.

Although she hopes the gym will be open by the end of October, the end of the year is probably more realistic since she's still going through the permitting process, Crosby said.

Once the business opens, chances are that if it makes a go of it, it will be here to stay. Crosby and her family also own Reliance Connects, which her great-grandfather purchased in the 1920s when it was the Estacada Telephone & Telegraph Company.

The gym will be full-service and will probably bring in other trainers on a contract basis in addition to Wagner, Crosby said.

“We're really excited and glad that Susan is going to be part of the team and be there to work with our customers,” she said.

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