Welcyon, Fitness After 50, Set to Open in San Antonio


Alternative to Big Gyms Offers Personalized Coaching and Friendly Environment

Late this fall, many of San Antonio’s people over age 50 will have a place of their own to exercise and grow measurably stronger within weeks – Welcyon, Fitness After 50.

As a health club designed specifically for those 50 or older, Welcyon promises a better experience and healthier results than traditional gyms. Specially trained coaches, safer user-friendly equipment and personalized workout plans are all delivered in a smaller, comfortable setting that contrasts with oversized, overcrowded, under-staffed big-box gyms.

Local residents Kevin and Janet Nicholas will open the club at 14855 Blanco Road, at Blanco & Bitters, near the Melting Pot. As part of their pre-opening promotion, effective immediately, the couple announced that the first 50 members can join for free, and get two months free, with a guarantee that their monthly rates will never increase.

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Welcyon’s success in other regions is characterized by the amazing strength gains achieved by members. In fact, Welcyon guarantees that members who follow their training program will be measurably stronger in only 30 days.

A study shows that on average Welcyon members increase strength by 50% within three months and double their strength within a year. This is significant because studies show that adults typically lose 20% or more of their strength by age 50, making them more vulnerable to weight gain, fatigue and a variety of illnesses. According to healthy aging experts, building strength is key to a healthier, active life and turning back your biological clock.

“Although baby boomers want to be healthier, traditional gyms don’t offer the direction, support and sense of community they are looking for,” said Kevin. “This is not your typical gym. We’re smaller and much more welcoming than those big box gyms. You won’t be just another number here. We’ll work with you—one-on-one—to create a personalized exercise plan for you, show you how to use all the equipment, and keep guiding and motivating you to reach your goals. With our scientifically developed training protocols, you’re going to get stronger—fast. You’ll feel the best you have in years.”

Workouts are guided on unique, strength-training equipment that uses air instead of weight stacks to create resistance, build strength and minimize the risk of injury. The equipment is also powered by Smart Card technology that pre-programs each member’s prescribed workout into every machine. Each machine greets the member by name, sets the resistance, counts reps and adjusts the workouts, making them progressively more challenging as the member improves.

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Welcyon clubs also feature an area for social activities and wellness workshops covering such topics as healthy eating, brain fitness and better sleep.

“The idea of helping people lead more active, healthier, and potentially longer lives is very inspiring to Janet and me,” Kevin said. “In the long run, if we take care of ourselves, we’ll stay healthier and independent longer. That’s what Welcyon is offering people, and that’s why we’re so excited to be a part of it.”

Claims of increased strength are based on an analysis of 716 members who exercised for two years. Results will vary based on each individual’s level of participation. Wellness claims are based on evidence in health and exercise science literature.
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