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MBS Fitness set to become Bermuda’s biggest health club

MBS Fitness has been open just a few months and already the owners are planning an expansion that will make it - at 15,000 square feet - the largest health club in Bermuda.

Owner/manager Rebecca Wallington said membership had grown so much since she and partner/assistant manager Ryan Miller opened the new club in June, that they have now rented the coveted penthouse space in the new SE Pearman Building on Par-La-Ville Road.

She said there are also plans to rent out the floor above them.

Their plans include not only an expansion of the gym, but also dedicated space for their self-defence, kick-boxing with Theresa Perozzi, spinning, Pilates, Zumba, yoga and other classes, plus a healthy food and drinks cafe, spa offering nail treatments and massage, and a fitness clothing boutique.

Classes for members are $10 and $15 for non-members.

“We will be three times the size we are now when the expansion is complete,” she said, adding she is awaiting the necessary approvals to begin expanding into the top floor, which offers panoramic views of the city.

Currently occupying the large basement space in the SE Pearman building, MBS, which stands for “Mind Body Spirit”, offers state-of-the art 2011 Nautilus equipment, weights, exercise balls and bands, flat screen TVs and a separate area for its fitness classes plus full shower facilities. Members have 24-hour access.

In keeping with Ms. Wallington’s commitment to healthy living, the carpeting is all-natural hemp, and the colour scheme a mood brightening pale yellow and green.

She said the company’s success can be attributed to MBS’s focus on total body health, its reasonable membership rates of $100 per month and $80 for students/seniors, and the growing market for fitness in general.

Ms Wallington said MBS’s convenient location has also been a draw, since no other gym is located on the Par-La-Ville Road side of town.

“There was nothing really at this end of town,” she said. “But we found this space at a good price, and in a prime location to cater to the many companies that are in the area.”

MBS also offers nutritional, metabolic, lifestyle and fitness counselling along with personal training.

Ms Wallington said she has always had a love of fitness and a healthy, natural diet.

She previously worked in the area of horse health and fitness though, and then as a paralegal before deciding she wanted to work in personal fitness full-time.

The Bermudian mother-of-two, who is expecting her third child, pursued certifications as a personal trainer and dietary consultant and worked locally in that area for several years before deciding to open a health club.

She also pursued certification with the CHEK Institute in California. The centre, created by Paul Chek, trains students from around the world in the integrated fields of corrective exercise, high-performance conditioning and lifestyle and stress management.

In addition, Ms Wallington has undergone training in the field of Kinesiology, to learn about the science behind the movement of the human body and how it functions together with diet and fitness.

“I am very interesting in healthy eating, and how we should be eating what’s around us and what’s natural, instead of fast food, processed, overcooked and microwaved foods,” she said, adding, “Basically we wanted to design a health club that benefits all the body’s needs. We didn’t want it to be just a regular gym.”

Ryan Miller, Kenton Swan, Melanie Dunn and Rebecca Wallington in the new gym MBS Fitness Limited in the SE Pearman Building (Photo by Mark Tatem)

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Published August 19, 2011 at 10:00 am (Updated August 19, 2011 at 9:59 am)

MBS Fitness set to become Bermuda’s biggest health club

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