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Best-kept secret in Roswell fitness

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Submitted Photo Roswell Racquet Club and Spa holding Aquatic aerobics.

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It has often been said if you drive by Roswell Racquet Club & Spa on East Mescalero Road, most might be driving past the best gym in Roswell. The building is set apart by its attractive flowers that let members know that the bloom is in the air after a hard winter.

Bill Wyles has been a resident of Roswell since 1965. He was always looking for a place that could handle all of his fitness goals. It wasn’t until the Roswell Racquet Club & Spa opened in 1985 that he found a home to achieve his fitness goals.

“I practically enjoy the sauna,” Wyles said. “I really enjoy the steam bath and the jacuzzi, you can’t beat that after a hard day. I wish more people would visit here because they don’t know what they are missing. I’ve had two rotator cuff surgeries and two knee surgeries and this has been the best place to do rehab is to sit in this jacuzzi.”

Wyles loves how the hot water hits his bones and relaxes his muscles. He feels like it is the best path to resistance and to help with the aches and pains of working out. Wyles raves about the steam bath helping him with his flexibility and reduces the soreness he has after lifting weights.

“I keep coming back because this is a great facility,” Wyles said. “This is the best buy there is. I have lived in other cities where you’d have to have an appointment to swim laps or get into the jacuzzi. Here at the Racquet Club, there are no lines and it is never full or busy. That’s what I like about it. It’s the best-kept secret in Roswell.”

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Many people think because the club is named Roswell Racquet Club & Spa, that is all there is to do is play racquetball. No. One of the best things about the club is the longevity of the members and the employees. Manager Jeanette Fry has been the manager of the club since 2002.

Fry talks about how some of her members have done therapy at the club. She recounted how one of her members had trouble walking. He started going to the yoga class and was able to stretch and move and he is starting to move a lot better.

“I’m happy to help people,” Fry said. “We have everything that all the other gyms have, in addition to extra things. We help so many people, and we have people of all ages. We are family oriented, we have a lot of families that come here. People can feel safe here, there is someone here all the time. You don’t have to have a certain look here to come here. Nobody judges anybody. We’re all here to be healthy, everyone is welcome.”

The gym has a certified instructor in the nursery, babies from 2 weeks to 12 years of age are welcome in the nursery. All instructors in the water and cardio are certified.

This gym offers Cross Training, Interval Training, Core Body Conditioning, Young at Heart Training for Seniors, Power Yoga, Pilates, Body Sculpture w/ Body Bar, Fat Burner and Tone It Up.

For the aquatic classes: Joint Effort, Arthritic Deep Water Dynamics, Water Pilates, Aquatic Cross Training, Water Workout, Deep Water Dynamics, Aqua HIIT and Aqua Zumba.

The facility offers:

• 25-meter indoor pool that goes from 3 foot to 6 foot.

• Nautilus, cyber and free weights.

• Six racquetball courts, one is used as a basketball court and another for handball.

• Bikes, spin bikes, treadmills and ellipticals.

• Three whirlpools — one for men, women and a co-ed whirlpool.

• Two dry saunas (one in the men’s; one in the women’s).

• Men’s steam room.

There are no contracts required and day passes are available. The gym has men’s and women’s lockers.

Club hours are Monday through Thursday from 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday from 5:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Saturday from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m.

For more information, see Roswell Racquet Club & Spa’s website, roswellracquetclubandspa.com.