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Video chain converts stores into 24-hour fitness centers

Quincy Davis is manager of Destiny Fitness, which is moving into the close Video Warehouse store on East Oglethorpe Boulevard in Albany. It's one of three video stores in the Albany area that are being converted into gyms.

Quincy Davis is manager of Destiny Fitness, which is moving into the close Video Warehouse store on East Oglethorpe Boulevard in Albany. It's one of three video stores in the Albany area that are being converted into gyms.

ALBANY, Ga. -- The next time you're in a movie-browsing mood and you don't see what you like, maybe you could just work on your muscle tone instead.

The Video Warehouse at 2106 E. Oglethorpe Blvd. has closed, and in its place is Destiny Fitness, a 24-hour personal gym for men and women.

While construction was still in progress Friday, hopes were high for an opening today, according to Jason McGonagill, who oversees and coordinates construction for the new enterprise.

McGonagill recently coordinated the first Destiny Gym in Griffin, and he said facilities are also set to open soon in Sylvester and Fitzgerald -- all of them in converted video stores.

Destiny is owned by Douglas-based Gerald Pryor, the founder of Video Warehouse who owns a variety of operations, including mattress stores, bowling alleys and movie theaters, McGonagill said.

According to Quincy Davis, who will manage the Albany gym, the 5,500-square-foot facility will be available for members at any hour. It will be professionally staffed from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and Saturdays from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. Men's and women's showers and locker rooms will be provided. Davis said classes in Zumba and Latin dance will be offered.

"We have a separate aerobics room for women," Davis said. "A lot of ladies like to do their exercises in private."

Davis, who has previous experience in fitness management, including five years with American Body Works, said he was recently hired by Destiny after he saw the promotional sign at the East Oglethorpe facility.

Comments

chinaberry25 1 year, 9 months ago

Good luck with that. Hoods do not work out, but they do like to rob and pillage.

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darnette0101 1 year, 9 months ago

And was that comment necessary?! No. Stop trying to take a positive story and put a negative spin on it.

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spookj6 1 year, 9 months ago

Get use to it that's how they do it if it's not in Northwest Albany or Leesburg.

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