Business spotlight: Towne Fitness

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, August 2, 2016

LaGRANGE — The Daily News is pleased to announce the new “business spotlight” feature. Each week, we’ll stop by one local business and learn a little more about them. This week, we’re pumping iron at the Towne Fitness Club on Main Street.

The gym has been in LaGrange for 18 years, said Frank Buce, Towne Fitness’ owner, who purchased the business in 2013. It was originally owned by a man who lives in Columbus, Buce said, and was a Gold’s Gym franchise on Commerce Avenue next to the Big Lots retail store. It moved to its current location on Main Street in 2004.

Towne Fitness, together with its sister gym, Max Fitness on Lafayette Parkway, employs about 50 people.

For Buce, being downtown is important, and he thinks it’s a great place to do business.

“We just love the downtown area,” Buce said. “All the merchants here work together and we support each other. The downtown area is really growing. We get tremendous support from the downtown development authority and the Callaway Foundation. They believe in downtown LaGrange and they support it.”

It isn’t just the location that makes Towne Fitness unique. The gym features LaGrange’s only racquet ball court and is the only workout spot in LaGrange that offers day care, Buce noted.

“We also have a tremendous group fitness program, and we offer classes like ‘Pound’ and yoga,” he said. “All of our members have towel service and tanning, and the tanning beds here are new.”

The standard rate for a membership at Towne Fitness is $39 per month, but discounted rates of $29 monthly are available for seniors and students. The Silver Sneakers program is also available for some senior citizens and the cost can be covered by their health insurance.

For more information about the Towne Fitness Club, call 706-884-4653 or visit

Towne Fitness Club owner Frank Buce speaks with club member Gary Jones on Monday at the club on Main Street. Fitness Club owner Frank Buce speaks with club member Gary Jones on Monday at the club on Main Street.

Tyler H. Jones | Daily News

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