Beaufort Memorial Hospital to reopen LifeFit Wellness Center in bigger location

info@islandpacket.comMay 14, 2013 

LifeFit will be closed May 17-20 to move into the new facility, and will reopen at 5:30 a.m. May 21.

Beaufort Memorial Hospital is offering the public an inside peek of its new LifeFit Wellness Center on May 20, a day before the medically supervised exercise facility opens for business.

The community open house, from 5:30 to 7 p.m., will showcase the expanded fitness center as well as the outpatient and cardio/pulmonary rehabilitation facilities that have been relocated to the first floor of the new Beaufort Memorial Medical & Administrative Center across the street from the main hospital campus on Ribaut Road.

Space for LifeFit was increased to 17,000 square feet. The former quarters in Beaufort Medical Plaza occupied 10,000 square feet.

"We had outgrown our old space," said LifeFit senior director Mark Senn. "With 1,400 members, we were as full as we could be."

Many of the classes held in the facility's 700-square-foot group exercise room were packed to capacity. The new studio is nearly twice the size of the old one, accommodating more members in classes like pilates, yoga and Zumba. With space for a dozen stationary bicycles, LifeFit is now offering spin classes for the first time.

Money raised by the Beaufort Memorial Hospital Foundation's 2013 Valentine Ball were used to purchase the cycles and other exercise equipment, including five additional treadmills, a cable cross resistance trainer and two e-Spinners, featuring a virtual spinning master instructor. The foundation also funded a portion of the construction and all equipment being relocated to the new facility.

"I'm especially excited about the Max Rack," said LifeFit supervisor Kim Yawn. "It enables you to do power weight lifting without having a spotter."

A wellness coach conducts a clinically based fitness assessment of every new member. Based on the evaluation, the coach develops a therapeutic action plan with specific recommendations that typically include cardiovascular and resistance training, as well as lifestyle changes.

Members are assessed regularly to ensure they are achieving their goals. The progress reports are shared with their primary care physician. If needed, the wellness coach may recommend nutrition counseling, stress management or smoking cessation classes.

In addition, LifeFit offers a diabetes care center, asthma management, massage therapy, personal training, support groups and inexpensive cardiovascular screenings.

During the open house, guests will have the opportunity to check out the hospital's cardio/pulmonary and outpatient rehabilitation, which shares space with LifeFit in the building's first floor. Services include everything from physical, occupational and speech therapy to pre- and post-surgery rehab.

LifeFit will be closed May 17-20 to move into the new facility, and will reopen at 5:30 a.m. May 21.

Details: 843-522-5635, www.bmhsc.org

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