The Bruning Community Foundation is getting ready to open a new fitness center in Bruning.
“It’ll be a positive for our community,” said Gina Hudson, Bruning Community Foundation secretary. “There’s a great need for it.”
Plans for the fitness center started about six months ago when the board of directors at the Bruning State Bank decided to donate money to the foundation in honor of chairman of the board Frank Bruning’s 50th year in banking.
“We’ve had people asking about a fitness center,” said Fred Bruning, president of the Bruning Community Foundation. “We’ve had a lot of young people move back to the area so there is a demand for it.”
The building the foundation purchased was the former Memorial Funeral Home.
New flooring, a security system and a paint job are only a few of the steps the foundation has taken to remodel the building.
Hudson worked with the Mary Lanning Hospital to decide on equipment to put in. The hospital ended up providing much of the workout equipment.
“They believe fitness and wellness are important to communities,” said Hudson. “They provided a lot of insight on what equipment we needed.”
The fitness center now has a Precor all body workout station, an elliptical machine, an upright bike, a recumbent bike, a Schwinn Airdyne bike, free weights, two commercial treadmills and two NuStep machines which can also be used for rehabilitation purposes. All the equipment was donated by Mary Lanning Hospital except for the Elliptical and Air dyne bike which was donated by community members.
“Hopefully it will build a healthier community and network people together especially during winter months when people can’t get out much,” said Bruning.
Open house will take place Nov. 20 and 21 from 6-8 p.m. and Nov. 23 from 2-4 p.m. at the Bruning Fitness Center.