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Snap Fitness makes smooth ownership change

Photo by Rachelle Klemme Nancy Anderson and Jon Glaser demonstrate exercise equipment at Snap Fitness.

Snap Fitness in Wadena has had a change from franchise to corporate ownership, but manager and certified personal trainer Nancy Anderson said the transition has been so smooth that most customers have not noticed.

"Nothing has changed as far as what their monthly fee is, and things like that," she said. "They keep their memberships. ... We're still trying to hire some more personal trainers."

In May, the Wadena location made the transition to corporate ownership. The previous owner was Dennis Foley of Alexandria.

Anderson said that there is no need for existing members to do anything regarding the change of ownership, and they can keep exercising there as usual. The corporate ownership means they will be doing more corporate promotions.

"They come up with so many plans and ideas and promotions," Anderson said. "We are utilizing more of the marketing tools."

Anderson said that the Wadena Snap Fitness has always had high standards for cleanliness and customer service, and that will continue.

"What has stayed the same is that we're still people friendly, we care a lot about our customers, we train them," she said.

Anderson has been at Snap Fitness since May 2010.

"I've been in the fitness field for probably 20 years. This is my third fitness club to run, and I really have a passion for helping people and getting results," Anderson said.

Even though the company has fitness clubs all over the United States, southern Canada and other countries, its headquarters are only about three hours away.

"What I really like about Snap is it's a Minnesota company," Jon Glaser said.

Snap Fitness's CEO and founder is Peter Taunton, and the company is based in Chanhassen. According to company history documents, Snap was tested successfully in rural Minnesota before branching out everywhere else.

Wadena's Snap Fitness opened in 2007 at the North Point Plaza, just a few years after the company's founding in 2003.