By BY MARY GARRISON MINYARD firstname.lastname@example.org
Cadiz residents will soon have another option in meeting their fitness goals.
Wild Hog Fitness Center will open its doors June 1 in downtown Cadiz, in the former Little Peanut and Paws location at 59 Main St., next to City Hall. Facility owner Robby Shearon addressed Cadiz City Council last Tuesday to speak on plans for the center's future and operations. Shearon, a pastor at Bethany Baptist Church in Eddyville and Trigg County native, said the facility would start small, featuring six treadmills, three ellipticals and four weight racks. The club will also have a variety of dumbells and an area devoted to hosting classes; the area will serve as a stretching area with mats and athletics balls in the off time.
However, in time, Shearon said he hopes to see the business expand.
"We're excited, we think that this could really not only become a big business, and hopefully â ¦ make us expand," Shearon said. "But also, we're hoping it could bring in new opportunities for downtown. If there's more people here to workout and their parking â ¦ you're going to have to walk to get here, so you're going to have to pass other businesses on the way, which will hopefully bring more businesses in all around here."
Shearon said the facility would serve as a haven to focus not just on fitness, but on faith and family as well.
"As first a child of god, of course everything that I do is going to be based upon faith," Shearon said. "So one of our value principals is faith, the second is family. So we want to really focus on family. â ¦ We're not going to offer babysitting or anything like that, but we are going to have -- if a parent wants to come in, workout and they've got a 10-, 11-, 12-year-old, we're going to have a little section with a few seats that they'll have and some books on a rack that will be provided there for their children to do while they're working out."
Gym members will have the option to join on a month-to-month basis or by six-month and one-year terms. The center will also feature special family package rates for those looking to get the whole family in shape.
The center will remain largely unstaffed, though Shearon said there would be staff onsite every day, with longer staff hours in the summer; however, members will have access to the facility 24 hours a day through a digital fob, which will unlock the facility when prompted at the door.
"We'll have six cameras, and I'm going to put them all up inside, and I'm going to have a recording for the last 15 days," Shearon said. "And it will just automatically keep that up to make it secure. â ¦ My hope is that if we get big enough, I'll be able to hire some staff that will be there most of the business day."
Preparatory work on the center was under way as of Friday. Shearon said he intends to host a tour day open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 13 to allow prospective members to visit the facility, ask questions and complete the registration process. The facility will host another event toward the end of the month, as well; the date had not been determined Tuesday as of press time.
It's a service Cadiz Mayor Todd King said he was glad to see open downtown.
"I appreciate you locating downtown," King told Shearon during the the April 4 city council meeting.
For more information, call 270-881-0553 or find it on Facebook at Wild Hog Fitness, LLC (@WildHogFitnessCadiz.com).