Monday, April 12, 2021

Still Keeping Islanders Fit & Happy!

Bob Cholka in the gym. SUBMITTED PHOTO

Bob Cholka in the gym. SUBMITTED PHOTO

By Coastal Breeze News Staff

Where do you begin in explaining the importance of an establishment that has served our community for over 32 years? Maybe we should begin with the cheerfulness you feel and hear from those who have been attending the gym since it opened. It is affectionately called the “Cheers” of Marco or “Joe’s Gym” from the movie Dodge Ball. It is our own little gem of the Island and there are some very good reasons why it is.

The gym was first started by Bert & Jann Brewer who knew the importance of staying fit. They stressed the “Old School” way of training and when Bob and Jean Cholka, another dynamite husband/wife team purchased Marco Fitness Club, they wanted to keep the same feel that the former team created. What they have carried on is something that fosters that hometown feel, making sure you have your every need met for you to obtain your fitness and wellness goals. That commitment is reflected in the fact that they have not raised prices since 1999!!! The Cholka’s have even kept the club with some of the positive words of encouragement on the walls in memory of the Brewers and their mission. But new additions have made the club an even more enjoyable experience with touches like a spa area where their son Kyle, a licensed massage therapist, can administer to your every need and even offer home consultation. Other items are new bathrooms with showers, plasma TVs galore to enjoy as you workout, surround sound music to keep you motivated and, let’s just say you won’t find a cleaner gym, the place is spotless!

They have a lot of the same equipment from the past, keeping all in excellent condition and are constantly adding new equipment to keep up with the latest and greatest in cardio and more. They also have a lot of the same staff that have been with the club for 20 years. Keeping the club a family environment, you can always find a team member to assist you on the correct application of the equipment and it is a gym where you will find people ages 14 – 92 helping each other and giving encouragement in reaching your goals. You will find the members come from every walk of life but all have the same mission when it comes to their health. One such member who has been coming for years is Rocco who is 85 yrs old, a former boxer and detective. It is programs like their Annual Marco to Miami Gator Gait Virtual Marathon that brings the clubs’ camaraderie to its full potential. (A virtual race where you work independently racing the same distance from Marco to Miami but all members compete against each other to see who can get there first, all the while they are advancing their workouts and fitness goals!)

The generosity of the Cholka Team is amazing in what they have given back to the community. They have endless stories to share of groups and programs they have created and contributed to in the name of health and more. Some of those groups are the Lely Special Education Program, Strength & Conditioning for Marco Island Academy Football, Lely Wrestling, baseball & Lacrosse, and Lely TD Club. Bob stresses that teaching the youth to care for themselves properly at an early age is important. Other community projects they have committed to are Marco Island Chamber President’s Club, Providers of Free Massages for the Jolly Bridge Run, MICA, Marco Island Health Fair, Member of the BBB and more. Having been residents since 2004 they want to give back to the community in which they live and make it a better place, keeping those on the Island happy and healthy.

Stop by for a visit at Marco Fitness Club to check out their programs in Strength, Agility, Nutrition, Flexibility, Sports Conditioning, Post Rehab, Massage of various degrees, TRX Classes, Zen Yoga & Qi Gong, Spinning, and more. Location: 871 E. Elkcam Circle, Marco Island, FL 34145 or call 239-394-3705.

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