Local gym spotlight: Morgan and Mountain Green GymsJan 26, 2023 11:40AM ● By Ethan Hoffmann
Our Team at Mountain Green – Left to right: Breanne Archibeque, Shera Whitmer, Marina Eldridge, Sage Randall, Corrin Hyde, Crystal Nielsen, Debbie Crowther, Karla Sandavol. Courtesy photo
This month’s focus on health features two local gym locations that are available in both Morgan and Mountain Green. Marina Eldridge, the owner, married a local 25 years ago and has lived here in beautiful Morgan County ever since.
“I’m an entrepreneur who enjoys challenges and loves this community,” said Eldridge. “My goal with the gyms is to provide a place for friends and neighbors to gather and work on health, fitness and friendship. I’ve assembled a top notch team of instructors and fitness professionals who have a passion for all things fitness and are the heart and soul of the gyms.”
The Mountain Green Gym is located at 6343 Cottonwood Canyon Rd. This location was first available to the public three years ago. They had an open house in February 2020, just a week before the health department shut them down temporarily because of the pandemic. “It was a difficult time at first, but with the support of our members, we pushed through,” said Eldridge. Respectively, the Morgan Gym, located at 225 E. 125 N., Morgan, opened in Fall 2021. Their goal was to better accommodate members that were driving long distances across the county to attend the gym each week.
Today the gym has two locations with one low membership fee starting at just $33 per month. They also participate in many no-cost programs that depends on health insurance coverage. Membership includes 24/7 access to both locations and all group training and classes at both locations. There is an open gym with approximately 15,000 square feet of gym space in total. The gym owns strength equipment, free weights and machines. Cardio equipment includes interactive treadmills, StairMaster steppers, bikes, ellipticals, rowers and much more. Group training and classes are High Fitness, Cycling, Body Rocks, Yoga, Rep N Step, Buns N Guns, Weights, Step, Kickboxing, HIIT and Circuits.
“All effective and fun training sessions are put together by our talented team of instructors,” said Eldridge. The first class is always free, so the gym would like to invite anyone interested to come and try a class. Schedules are updated weekly and can be found on their websites at www.mountaingreengym.com and www.morgangym.com. They are also on social media on GroupMe, Facebook and Instagram at @mountaingreengym and @morgan.gym.
Both fitness and health are on the minds of many as we focus on setting and achieving goals in the new year. This tip from Certified Fitness Instructor and Cycle Coach Debbie Crowther of the Mountain Green Gym may be the motivational tool needed. “Finding goals that are realistic and personal are important. Just because someone else has decided to do something doesn’t mean it’s right for you. Figure out what motivates you, and let that be your guide. Maybe it’s a health and wellness focus, mental or emotional health, weight loss or endurance training – pick a goal that fits into your personal life. The sky is the limit, whether you sign up for a race, get a gym membership or commit to eating healthier. But it is key to start with one highly-specific goal. One small change at a time will eventually turn into healthy habits for life.”
Kari Raeburn, the Certified Precision Nutrition and Cycle Coach at Morgan Gym, also shared another practical tip with the community, “Small, consistent changes to your habits can give big results in the long run. Be patient with yourself. Rome wasn’t built in a day.” This is a reminder that small steps do add up.
New additions to the gyms that will be available in 2023 are Nutrition Coaching with Kari Raeburn. This class has limited openings at the Morgan location. Also, there is a Stillness and Expansion Yoga series with Shera Whitmer available on Mondays at 8 p.m. at the Mountain Green location.
Mention this Morgan County News article for a free first-month membership. This deal is for new members only. Call or text Marina at 801-941-7072 to get membership information.