VALRICO — Fitness options have changed a lot since the days when Richard Simmons and Jane Fonda battled for health guru supremacy.
There are a plethora of programs from circuit training to personal training and kettlebells to at-home drills.
Partners Vince Julien, who has 34 years of fitness experience, and Tony Scrimale, who has 17 years of experience, understand the industry growth. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the job market for fitness trainers and instructors is expected to grow 13 percent by 2022.
With the International Health Racquet & Sportsclub Association tracking a 5.3 percent increase in U.S. health club memberships to 52.9 million in 2013, the duo is betting on the fitness crush coming to Bloomingdale. They plan to open a 32,000-square-foot Crunch gym Sept. 1 in the spot that Lifestyle Family Fitness formerly operated at 3236 Lithia Pinecrest Road. A sneak peek is scheduled for the end of the month.
Crunch operates 52 gyms in the country and nine in Florida. Scrimale said the two he owns in Sarasota and one in Carrollwood are successful because of the $9.95 monthly membership price that comes with no cancelation fee and attracts approximately 9,000 members.
Scrimale said the club will feature $750,000 worth of equipment, including a boxing studio, dumbbells up to 120 pounds, 100 cardio machines (30 treadmills) and Elite power racks. On top of that, Crunch is keeping the sauna that Lifestyle left behind and members will have more than 60 classes to choose from, including Zumba, Pilates and SilverSneakers for seniors.
"You probably will only use 25 percent of the club," Scrimale said. "But you will always have options."
Members who choose the $19.95 monthly membership rate enjoy the added benefit of unlimited friend visits, tanning and all the classes. Crunch hosts a kids' club on site for $29 a month, as long as space is available, for parents who need free time to work out. New members start off with a one-hour personal training assessment from one of the nearly two dozen nationally certified trainers that Crunch will have on staff.
Crunch Bloomingdale will be open from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. weekdays and 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. weekends. Visit facebook.com/ CrunchBloomingdale to see the buildout progress.
Porky's BBQ rolls into Apollo Beach
Bikes, barbecue and bands are on the menu at Apollo Beach's newest restaurant, Porky's, which held its grand opening in May at 5813 N U.S. 41. The eatery is the brainchild of David Taylor and is housed in the former location of Shenaniganz.
General managers Rolando & Courtney Rodriguez invite you to check out their barbecue with a Southern twist. A growing favorite at Porky's is the lobster zone.
Catch a crustacean with a claw and the chef will prepare it as your dinner. You might even get your picture posted on the Porky's Facebook page.
On Wednesday nights, the bar offers karaoke, and Thursday nights are Super Thursday Bike Night hosted by Born to Ride magazine.
Check out facebook.com/p0rkysbbq for pictures of lucky lobster diners, live music listings and specials like all-you-can-eat crab legs for $24.99.
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