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Gold's Gym flexes muscles via renovation

What started with a few upgrades turned into a full renovation at Gold's Gym at W Waters Avenue and N Dale Mabry Highway.

"It started with one project, and then it kept growing," said Loran Tripp, the gym's marketing consultant.

Gold's is a 24-hour workout facility that has been open since 1988. In June, the gym completed a $150,000 renovation that included new equipment and facility upgrades.

Among the improvements is a high density wood floor in the group fitness room, which can accommodate the CrossFit classes that will soon be added to the schedule.

In this high-intensity interval training class, participants go from station to station performing various exercises.

"You use a lot of heavy weights in short spurts to increase the amount of calories you burn," she said. The new flooring can accommodate the heavy weights used in the class, which is expected to be offered starting this month.

The gym offers about 30 group fitness classes a week, including Zumba, yoga, senior classes and spin classes. Another upgrade was the purchase of 20 new bikes for the spin class, one of the gym's most popular classes.

"Over time (the bikes) start to wear out, so they just replaced all of them," said Tripp.

For members who focus on weight lifting, new strength training equipment includes dumbbells ranging from 5 to 140 pounds, 12 Matrix machines and 10 FreeMotion machines.

The locker rooms and the entry area have also been updated.

"We may only have one club compared to our competitors," said owner Ed Bogacki. "With our improvements we will be here for a long time. We will not 'sell out' to the big corporations out there."

Dentist helps patients to leave fear behind

WESTCHASE — If you just can't stand the idea of going to the dentist, there's a new dental office in Westchase that may interest you.

"About 35 percent of Americans don't get dental care because they're fearful. They can't stand the sights or the smells," said Dr. Amy Creech-Gionis.

Her new office, Dental Wellness of Westchase, opened in June at 11321 Countryway Blvd.

Creech-Gionis has been practicing dentistry in Tampa for 17 years. One of the reasons she decided to open her own family practice is to help patients of all ages who are afraid to get treatment.

"My area of passion is treating fearful patients. That takes time, you can't rush through that," said Creech-Gionis.

She says many people are scared to go to the dentist because they've had a bad experience as a child. That's why she accepts patients of all ages, including children. She hopes to alleviate their fear by providing services such as nitrous oxide and oral sedatives.

"I've got a lot of patients who've come to me very terrified. I've been able to get them to a point where they don't need any sedation," said Creech-Gionis.

Her practice provides general dental services with an emphasis on sedation dentistry, cosmetic dentistry and adult orthodontic services, including Invisalign, ClearCorrect and Six Month Smiles.

"My goal is to be able to treat the whole family," said Creech-Gionis, who lives with her husband, Steve, and their four children in Westchase. "This is my home community."

The office is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Wednesday and 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tursdays. For more information, call (813) 855-2273, or visit

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