The Fit Stop

Posted - Nov. 28, 2001 at 7:07 a.m.



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This is Fred Ball for Zions Bank, speaking on business.

For Alan Bluth, physical fitness means more than just being in great shape. It’s an overall good feeling, which is why his fitness facility in Heber City is more than just a gym—it’s a place to stay well.

Called The Fit Stop, Alan’s facility combines the offerings of a health club with that of physical therapy. It is the only facility of its kind in Utah and one of fewer than a thousand in the country. As a physical therapist, Bluth has demonstrated his care for people, helping hundreds recover from injuries. For years, he has attended sporting events held at Wasatch High School, wrapping injured ankles, knees and joints—all as community service.

After a couple of years in another location, Alan recently moved The Fit Stop to a custom-built space located near the area’s new IHC hospital. The building’s design put everything on one level, making access easier for people with disabilities.

Bluth says the facility has two main goals—to make patients better by helping them exercise, and to help them stay healthier through regular exercise. He employs three physical therapists, including himself and his son Tyler. He also has a physical therapy assistant, an occupational therapist and a speech pathologist—and all are licensed. Together, they emphasize therapeutic exercise. Bluth believes, for example, that exercise immediately following surgery is better in some cases than just simply waiting to recover.

At The Fit Stop, clients rehabilitating from ailments work out on the fitness machines next to health club members seeking to keep their fitness levels up. The facility features an indoor pool (for water therapy), a lap pool, a full physical therapy department with individual treatment rooms, a child care room, locker rooms and a complete shower and steam room area. There are strength- and cardio-vascular training machines, free weights, a large classroom for yoga and other group classes, and a room of exercise bikes for spinning classes. And The Fit Stop wouldn’t live up to its name if it didn’t offer a deli with fat-free and guilt-free foods, which it does.

All in all, The Fit Stop is a great concept from a guy who truly cares about helping people feel good.

For Zions Bank, I’m Fred Ball. I’m speaking on business.

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