Fulfill your resolutions at these local gyms

With 2015 officially underway, there is no better time than the present to embark on a new workout regimen, or revive one that has fallen to the wayside. In addition to helping with weight control, regular exercise helps with conditions like high blood pressure, anxiety and depression, energy levels and sleeping habits.
Here are just a few examples of places to get in shape in Sky Valley:

Anytime Fitness in Monroe

Owned by Greg and Kelsey Garka of Snohomish, Anytime Fitness (14711 Fryelands Blvd. Suite 153) is a co-ed fitness center near Lake Tye in Monroe. Members are given 24-hour access to the gym, which features cardio and strength training equipment, free weights and more.
Since 2011, Monroe resident Christie Buie has lost more than 175 pounds at Anytime Fitness. In the beginning, Buie was a bit apprehensive about joining a gym, but she found a supportive yet non-intrusive community there that was different than what she had experienced at other gyms.
"I absolutely love the supportive, non-judgmental environment,GÇ¥ she said. "AF Monroe is a small gym. People GÇô staff and members GÇô bother to learn your name, and it feels like more of a community than just a gym. While the environment is friendly, it's not everyone standing around talking and just looking at the weights. People at AF say hello, offer some encouragement and then go about their routine. It's a good mix.GÇ¥
For more information on Anytime Fitness, call 360-794-7894, or visit the website at: anytimefitness.com/gyms/2479/monroe-wa-98272.

JB Fitness in Sultan

Located in downtown Sultan, JB Fitness (509 Main St.) -áprovides members with 24-hour access. Services at JB Fitness include personal training, tips for healthy eating, nutritional plans, cardio and strength training equipment, free weights, showers, lockers and a sauna.
For more information on JB Fitness, please call Joey Blair at -á360-863-3092 -áor 425-345-0075, email jbfitness@comcast.net or visit the website at: www.jbfitness.net/about.html.

Thrive Fitness in Monroe

Located in Monroe's downtown core, Thrive Community Fitness (118 N. Lewis St.) offers interactive play for kids and a full array of group fitness classes including Zumba, kickboxing, yoga and Pilates. The gym features cardio and strength training equipment, a sauna, personal training, lockers and more.
Thrive is currently having a $10-per-month membership special. It is open from 4:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Monday through Thursday, from 4:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday and from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.
For more information about Thrive, call 360-805-4844, email rorryd@thrivecf.com or visit the website at: www.thrivecf.com/monroe-home.aspx.

The Monroe YMCA

The YMCA's Monroe Family Branch (14033 Fryelands Blvd) is a family-oriented facility that caters to both children and adults. Group fitness classes include exercises like youth dance, Zumba, spin, yoga and many more. The Y also has a swimming pool, and offers a host of aquatic programming including swim lessons for kids and adults, water fitness classes and open swim sessions.
For more information on the Monroe YMCA, call 360-805-1879 or visit the website at: www.ymca-snoco.org/locations/Monroe.ashx?p=1122.


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