Jan Beery has been attending spin classes at SPINclub since its opening last January.
Within four months of taking spin classes each week and receiving personal training from one of the trainers, Beery said she went down three clothing sizes and her energy increased.
Coming out of a surgery in July 2009, Beery said that SPINclub was exactly what she needed to get back into shape with aggressive workouts. Now, a year after the club opened, Beery is still an avid spinner, attending three to four spin classes per week.
SPINclub, located in Suite E at 9960 W. 191st St., officially opened on Jan. 4, 2010 when Gina Marietti, Greg Kokolus and Craig Gallman left a facility where they had previously worked to open their own club.
The three had taught spin classes at the other health club but when the club stopped offering the classes, they decided to open their own spinning facility in Mokena. They chose Mokena because they all lived nearby and wanted to stay local, and they were able to find a building on a busy street with frontal exposure, Marietti explained.
Within the first year, Marietti said they have learned when to add and eliminate classes to fit the needs of their clientele. They added a class that provides half spin and half weight training, as well as a class that is completely weight training and abdominal workouts.
Recently, SPINclub added two afternoon classes because that’s what the clients needed, Marietti said. But overall, “we’ve kept true to what we wanted to do,” she said, which is spin.
For new spinners, SPINclub offers a free 20-minute beginner class called Spin 101, which covers all of the basics and fundamentals of a class. One to five classes are offered each day of the week between four instructors, and there are no membership fees or contracts.
Interested clients can purchase one spin class at a time, which is $15 for an adult, or they can purchase a multiple-ride punch card, which is cheaper than paying per ride. The full schedule is available for viewing here.
Marietti said that the people are the best part of owning SPINclub. “We’ve made so many friends who stay loyal to the club, and everyone knows each other and keeps coming back,” she said.
Marietti has seen husband and wife pairs come in to work out together, along with sisters, friends and individuals.
“We have quite a few clients that have been with us since we opened, but we also get new customers every week,” Marietti said. “We’re very pleased with the results of our first year.”
Beery, loyal to SPINclub since the beginning, said she likes to refer to the club as a boutique workout facility that is small enough to really key into what the clientele wants.
“Each instructor brings something different to the class because of their individual personalities, but they also work together to tune into what their clients want,” Beery said.
Beery has made lots of friends in the close-knit group, who encourage each other and enjoy seeing the changes that take place within each other, she said.
“It’s a great environment and a real blessing to have this type of small business in the community,” Beery pronounced. “These trainers saw a need and they filled that need."