After managing the Payson Athletic Club for almost two years, Jerry Baker has taken over as the club’s owner.
Baker took the leap from employee to employer after the previous owners of six years decided to sell and head toward retirement.
“I bought the place because it is what I want to do as a career,” Baker said. “It seemed like the next step to make.”
Baker said he does not intend to make any major changes to the club, which has been in Payson longer than Baker can remember.
“I would like to add some new equipment,” he said. “But people like the set up the way it is.”
The 10,000-square-foot center has 17 cardio machines, including stair steps, bikes and treadmills and more than 40 strength training machines.
Three trainers also offer eight group fitness classes which run from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., six days a week.
One of the more popular classes is 20-20-20 taught by AFPA certified trainer Marissa Ward. The class puts participants through 20 minutes each of pilates, strength training and cardio.
The gym services every demographic and fitness level.
On any given day you can find firefighters working out with the machines to seniors in the Phase III rehabilitation center.
“We have a great mix of people,” he said. “Some people just come in to socialize.”
Baker himself said he does not get time to work out at the club as often as he would like.
“I do triathlons, so I do a lot of my training outside,” he said. Baker competes in about eight triathlons a year and recently came in 10th overall at the Bartlett Lake Adult Sprint and Olympic Triathlon.
For more information or to become a member, call Payson Athletic Club at (928) 474-0916.