This month, IN caught up with Chris Herr, new Owner of Anytime Fitness downtown. The Gulf Breeze native recently moved his family back to the area after working first in the health club industry and then as an equity trader until 2010. Here, he tells us about his ties to the community, the perks of working out at Anytime, changes he has in store for the gym and his beloved Auburn Tigers.
IN: You’re a Gulf Breeze native, but we understand you’ve been away for awhile. What brought you back?
HERR: My parents, Robin and Wendy Herr, moved to Gulf Breeze in 1983. After graduating from Auburn University, job opportunities moved me away from the area. I always wanted to bring my family back and raise my children here. The quality of life, family-oriented community and the beauty of the area is second to none.
IN: What are some advantages to working out at Anytime?
HERR: There are many advantages to working out at Anytime Fitness. We are conveniently located downtown, open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We offer a clean, well kept facility, with professional, well-educated trainers in a non-intimidating environment. Anytime Fitness has the reputation of genuinely caring about their members and helping them achieve a healthy lifestyle.
IN: We’ve heard Anytime’s new boot camp class kicks butt. Tell us about it.
HERR: Our outdoor fitness boot camp class has been a great addition to Anytime Fitness. What’s special about our boot camp class is that we have built a group fitness class with a one-on-one personal feel. In this boot camp class, participants will find themselves doing a variety of exercises including bodyweight exercises, medicine balls, TRX trainers, Ropes, Bands, Sleds, etc. These work outs will help the mind and body become strong and feel energized all day long.
IN: What changes, if any, do you have in store for the gym?
HERR: We have upgraded our staff to provide a high level of service and professionalism. We are currently in the process of building various programs within the community to make Pensacola more health conscious and fit.
IN: What’s the best part of your job?
HERR: The best part of my job is being around motivated people every day and helping our members achieve a healthy lifestyle. I have watched my father overcome various health issues by being involved in a regular fitness program. Being able to promote health and wellness to the Pensacola community is very rewarding.
IN: What do you enjoy doing when you’re not at the gym?
HERR: When I am not at the gym I enjoy spending time with my wife and two boys outdoors. I have a passion for fishing as well as Auburn football!
100 South Alcaniz Street