In November 2018, a new fitness gym, Northside Gym, was introduced to the Blackford County community and business is going strong. Owners Nate and Katie Baughey say they wanted to open a gym for a few years, even before the YMCA closed their doors in Blackford County. After many discussions they decided to take a chance and are glad they did.
Nate says, “Health and fitness has been a big part of our lives. We wanted to share that with the community and give everyone a local place to work out and get back on track with their goals. We love seeing the community coming together at Northside Gym!”
After making the decision to open a gym, they began the long process of getting in contact with anyone they could think of that had a building or space around town that would be big enough to house a gym. For a variety of reasons, nothing was working out. While driving down highway 3, the couple drove past 2709 N. Walnut Street, Hartford City, and noticed the business who recently occupied the location had moved. Nate quickly called the owner to discuss the space and was able to meet the next day. When going through the building he envisioned exactly how things could be set up. When the couple first started talking about opening a gym, this location came in mind mostly because it was a gym in the past but it was still occupied. The current location has worked out in the Baughey’s favor greatly.
The gym offers an array of equipment including ellipticals, treadmills, a stairmill, a bike, machines, cables and free weights. As they continue to grow, they plan to add more equipment. When starting up the business they picked out the equipment they felt could be used by anyone and what best fit in their space.
Memberships to the gym are available for purchase as well as day passes. There are discounted rates for couples, families, military and seniors. Members get gym access from 4:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. Children must be accompanied by a parent/guardian if under the age of 16.
Classes offered are Dance2fit on Monday’s, Tabata on Tuesday’s, Strength Training on Wednesday’s and Dance2Fit and Yoga on Thursday’s. There are Northside Gym Class Passes available for purchase at the gym.
Nate graduated from Blackford High School in 2005 and graduated from Ball State University with Sales and Marketing in 2009. He is currently employed at HP Products in Hartford City. Katie graduated from Eastbrook High School in 2008 and graduated from Southern Indiana with a Masters Degree in Occupational Therapy. She is currently employed at Marion General Hospital. The married couple have a 2 year old son, Wyatt.