People are joining nonprofit centers across the country, said Kevin Walker, owner of Club Nutrition and Fitness, who tracks national fitness center trends.He
called hospital-owned fitness centers a hot topic, but said churches are rare.
"(James River Assembly of God) is one of the first in the country," he
said, aside from one in California and a few scattered others he
was aware of."For the Midwest and for Missouri, that is pretty far ahead of its time."Walker
recently tripled his
fitness center space when he
moved to the former Fitness Club building.He
has 500 members and is shooting for 2,000.
"This is a risk I was willing to take.I'm concerned, yeah, but I see it as a positive too," Walker