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A fitness membership with unlimited access to classes


Published: 12/12/2013

by Ken McEntee


So you walk into your fitness center eager to get started. Before you are a multitude of intimidating machines with belts, cables, and pedals. Now what?


“One of the reasons people stop going to work out is because they don’t know what to do when they get there,” says Karen Raisch-Siegel, executive director of LifeWorks of Southwest General. “Maybe they don’t know how to use the machines. Maybe they don’t know what kind of exercises to do. It can be discouraging when you’re all on your own.”


That is never a problem at LifeWorks, Karen promises. That’s because the facility is loaded with trained fitness professionals dedicated to helping members with whatever they need.


“From the time our members walk through the door they have the opportunity to interact with our staff members,” she says. “There is always somebody available to answer questions or listen to your concerns. They’ll show you how to work the equipment. They will work with you to develop a fitness program customized just for you. When you join, we do a health fitness assessment so you know exactly what you should work on.  It’s all included in your membership.”


LifeWorks, Karen says, is a luxury fitness facility. But it isn’t priced like one. 


“A LifeWorks membership includes more than 100 weekly available group exercise classes, conveniently scheduled seven days a week, and all for a single monthly membership fee,” Karen emphasizes. “A lot of people pay even more, or close to it, just for classes. Our members can participate in an unlimited variety of land and water group exercise classes like spinning, yoga, Pilates, warm water, and muscle conditioning at times that perfectly fit into their schedules.”


New are the Insanity Cardio classes, Spin Bootcamp, Tabata Combo, and PiYo yoga—a strength and flexibility class that combines Pilates and yoga. With your membership you can take as many of LifeWork’s numerous classes as you’d like.


Mallory notes that this month marks the first anniversary of MyZone, an innovative heart rate-based system that uses wireless and cloud technology to accurately and conveniently monitor your physical activity. It monitors heart rate, calories, and workout time, which convert into MyZone Effort Points that focus on rewarding effort rather than fitness. Users wear a comfortable MyZone Physical Activity Belt that is registered online to monitor all concerted physical activity in real time, allowing users to view their progress in their personal accounts.


“It is really cool and I don’t know of any other fitness facility in the area that offers it,” Karen says, as she logs on to her office PC to view the results of her last workout online. “We use it in our spinning class. We provide everything members need to use the system, but they have to buy the belts.”


The investment in the MyZone system exemplifies LifeWorks’ commitment to providing the latest leading edge fitness technology and equipment to its members, Karen says. 


To learn more about LifeWorks’ memberships, you can call 440-816-4210, email, or visit the facility at 7390 Old Oak Blvd., in Middleburg Heights. Hours are 5:00 a.m. to 10 p.m., Monday through Friday; and 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekends. Visit for a complete class schedule.