The fitness center is one of the newest tenants in Middletown Commons | Business

WHITE HALL — Marion County business owner Drew Hale recently moved his gym, Next Level Fitness, from an older part of Middletown Commons to a new suite there.

The move took place after more than a year of renovations to the new space. The gymnasium – located in Suite 253 at the back of the old mall – now has over 10,000 square feet of space, almost twice as much as the original location. The new floor space has been dedicated to taking the gym to the next level, so to speak.

“I love Next Level Fitness not just because of the equipment and atmosphere, but also because of everything it has to offer,” said gym member Kierstyn Palmer. “I personally thought Planet Fitness was a great place to start my fitness journey, but over time I grew from it. Ironically, Next Level was what felt like the next level in my fitness journey. form.

The new gym has been upgraded with all the latest amenities. Instead of a pair of open changing rooms, Next Level has clean, private changing rooms for its members that have been updated using the latest touchless technology, including toilets, sinks, soap dispensers and hand dryers.

The backlit mirrors in the dressing room are even equipped with anti-fog technology. So after a hot shower, the mirrors will always be “selfie ready”.

“If there’s one thing I learned from Rocco, it’s that if you have clean bathrooms, a good product and good service, people come back,” Hale said as he paid tribute to his former boss and local legend Rocco F. Muriale, of Muriale’s Italian Kitchen. .

“Everything here is high end,” Hale said.

The gym offers members access to UV and spray tanning equipment, as well as walk-in group fitness classes in a soundproof workout studio run by Hale’s wife, Shawna. They offer spin, yoga, and barre (a form of ballet) classes. Next Level also has a half-court basketball facility. The half-court is accessible to members whenever it is not reserved. Half court costs $25 per hour of uninterrupted play. Some local youth teams have already been seen training at Next Level, according to Palmer.

Cleanliness and sanitation were huge priorities when renovating Next Level Fitness, Hale said. He wanted to stand out from the kind of grungy atmosphere that a lot of gyms are known for. The floors in the group fitness room and half court have been made from an antimicrobial polymer that only needs to be cleaned once a week. Hale also invested in an HVAC system that automatically circulates every hour for better air quality.

New Cam Next Level Fitness members get unlimited access to free weight equipment such as dumbbells, bench presses and squat racks as well as a full line of resistance machines and cardio equipment . Hale also plans to build a grassy area outside where members can exercise. He said the trees planted near the entrance would soon grow tall and provide a private space where members could exercise in the fresh air.

Hale also intends to hang the jerseys of past and present Marion County athletes who went on to play for Division I schools across the country. Hale said he wants his gym members to realize that greatness can come from anywhere, especially right here at home in Marion County. Hale thinks seeing the greatness that came before him is sure to inspire young members of his gymnasium to let him hang their jerseys in the future.

The gym is open 24/7 to members. Membership normally costs between $27 and $35 per month, but at the moment the price for memberships is $19.99. More info on

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