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Riderwood makes fitness even more convenient

Community opens third state-of-the-art fitness center

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February 23rd, 2015
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We all know how important it is to stay physically fit. But that usually doesn’t make it any easier to get to the gym. Many people who made New Year’s resolutions to exercise more often have already fallen back into old, sedentary routines. 

For the retirees living at

New, state-of-the-art fitness center

In November, Riderwood opened its third on-site fitness center. This one is located in the Montgomery Station Clubhouse. 

Wellness Coordinator Lindsey Drabczyk says the new fitness center features the latest in cardio equipment, including NuSteps, treadmills, and an elliptical. Strength training is also included with chest press, lat pulldown, leg extension, and leg curl machines along with free weights. 

iPod connections and two flat-screen televisions are available for residents who want some entertainment during their workouts. 

As with the other two fitness centers, the new location is conveniently open 24/7 for members, and supervised training with Riderwood’s team of certified wellness coordinators is available during the weekdays. 

Residents and staff, led by Assistant Rehabilitation Manager Lois Errera and Dr. George Galasso, a member of the Resident Advisory Council, spearheaded efforts and worked with management to develop the new fitness center. 

“We tried to design a facility that would meet the fitness and wellness needs of the users,” George says. “A plan was initially developed and presented to residents. We received input and made certain modifications to fulfill their expectations of how the fitness center could best serve them.”  

Increased convenience

For people living in the residence buildings close to the new fitness center, it is now even more convenient to get in their daily workouts. 

Drabczyk says location of facilities is an important motivator for people to exercise, so she is pleased that Riderwood is able to offer a third fitness center for residents.

“Convenience is a factor that contributes to any individual choosing to exercise,” she says. “Based on the attendance at the ribbon cutting ceremony, we fully expect our residents to take advantage of our Montgomery Station location to either start or enhance their exercise routines.”

Peggy Easley is one of the active retirees living at Riderwood. Physical fitness is important to her, and she has long worked toward a goal of exercising four to five times a week. 

She previously worked out at Riderwood’s fitness center in Village Square. She used the NuStep, the treadmill, and weight machines. She has also taken some group fitness classes and sometimes consults one of the personal trainers for guidance on using the exercise equipment. 

Peggy says the addition of the new fitness center has made it even easier for her to hit the gym.

“Now I have [a gym] nice and close to my home,” she says.