Saturday, December 16, 2017
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Anytime Fitness comes to FishHawk

FISHHAWK — Ronald Rigaud never envisioned himself as an entrepreneur. As a 23-year Army veteran, he always thought his post-military career path would take him toward government employment.

Before he finished serving in April 2015, he worked in the medical field at North Carolina's Fort Bragg and completed his military career in the special operations arena.

Along the way, the enlistee reached staff sergeant status, studied to become an officer — graduating with two degrees from Methodist University — and met his wife, Monica.

Perhaps the one experience that changed his career the most was when he spoke to an entrepreneur coach who helps veterans get into business. Rigaud never thought the conversations would go anywhere.

"I'm not interested in being a business owner," he recalls telling the coach. "That's the last thing on my list."

But Rigaud kept listening and eventually he decided on the fitness industry over the home repair market.

The couple decided to move their three children to the Tampa Bay area because of the communities and schools and are set to open Anytime Fitness in the former YMCA FishHawk location that closed last September, leaving locals scrambling for gym options.

A 10-month buildout process is coming to a close and they expect to soon open Anytime Fitness in their neighborhood at 16144 Churchview Drive, No. 201. Monica will continue working as a reservist at MacDill.

"I have absolutely no regret," Ron said. "This is an awesome business model."

The gym offers free weights and cardio options along with personal trainers who will consult free with members. One standard at all Anytime Fitness locations is the group class that includes a virtual trainer with hundreds of pre-programmed workouts that play on a video screen.

Check www.facebook.com/AFLithiaFL/ for program details and enrollment pricing.

Another Anytime Fitness that the Rigauds are not affiliated with also is slated to open soon in Sun City. Call (813) 245-3107 for details on that location.

Greystone Health opens SCC branch

The Greystone Health Network will celebrate the opening of a new home health branch at Sun City Center with an open house event Thursday.

The new location will work alongside Greystone Health Network's already established home health branches in Sarasota, St. Petersburg and Tampa.

It will provide services in physical, occupational and speech therapy, skilled nursing, wound care, diabetic teaching, medication education and disease process teaching. Personal care or private duty services will be provided shortly after opening.

"The opening of the new home health branch at Sun City Center is a testament to our commitment to growth," said Connie Bessler, CEO of Greystone Healthcare Management. "We are thrilled to expand our network and show the Sun City Center community what Greystone is all about. Passionate people providing compassionate care."

For more information, visit greystonehealth.com.

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