The Best Health Club for Adults Over 50



14635 County Road 11 Burnsville, MN 55337-4775

(Summit Oaks Square)

Mon - Fri: 7am - 8pm Sat: 7am - 5pm Sun: Closed


Meet the Owner

Meet Jim Fisher

Jim Fisher

Why did you decide to open a Welcyon, Fitness After 50, health club?

I’m 55 and passionate about fitness and active aging. I see how inactivity can limit a person’s quality of life, and I want to do something about it. Welcyon puts me in a position to help others in my own community get healthier and get more enjoyment out of life.

What roots do you have in the area?

I’m a born and raised Twin Cities guy. I grew up in the heart of south Minneapolis and moved to Apple Valley 20 years ago when my wife and I had kids. I love the Twin Cities - the culture, the sports, the arts, music, all the lakes. I love everything about this community!

What excites you most about opening your club?

Lots of people my age recognize the need to take better care of ourselves, but traditional gyms aren’t always the answer. They can be oversized, overcrowded and overwhelming. Many of us need – and want! – a place like Welcyon – a smaller, welcoming place with friendly staff, personalized service and equipment that’s easier yet just as effective to use.

There’s something special about walking in the door, being greeted by name and taken through a workout by a professional who is totally focused on YOU. That’s what I’m bringing to my community – an experience you typically can’t get at a traditional gym, designed specifically for adults over 50.

What type of an experience should a member expect?

It’s not just not about exercise, we’ll offer a holistic wellness and social experience. Every member is paired with a registered dietician to create a healthy meal plan and receive year-round counseling because, let’s face it, a healthier life isn’t just about staying active, it’s also about what you eat. And we’ll host Wellness Workshops featuring outside speakers on topics like nutrition, sleep and meditation to stimulate ideas for healthier living.

We’ll have a calendar of social events to help our members connect and make this feel like a home away from home. In fact, our lounge area – with a fireplace, large screen TV, water wall and comfortable leather seating – will be a great place to relax before or after a workout.

The response in other towns where Welcyon has a club has been terrific. Satisfaction scores are off the charts. I can’t wait to deliver that same experience right here in the Burnsville area.

Who is likely to join your club?

Adults over 50, obviously – with three common denominators. First, our members want to make their health a priority. Either they’re in pretty good shape and want to maintain it, or they realize they need to do something to start improving right now.

Second, many of our members will be those who frankly are turned off by traditional gyms. They’re displeased with the service, the size, the intimidation factor and prefer something more personalized and “intimate,” if I can use such a word to describe a health club. They appreciate that this is a club only for people like them – no muscle shirts, no spandex, no kids running around. Just adults over 50 enjoying an oasis of health and wellness, even if it’s only for an hour here and there.

And third, it’s all about location. Many members will choose us because we’re nearby and easy to get to. They don’t have to go far to make time for themselves.

What’s your background?

I spent 25 years working for a local printing company, a $100 million business, the last eight as president. It was time to do something different and as I sought my next opportunity I looked for a business I could call my own. The Welcyon concept appealed to me professionally – a chance to build a team, mold a strong customer service culture and bring to the community a business that addresses a gap in the marketplace.

But the concept also spoke to me on a personal level. I’ve always been active and healthy, but I went through a brief health scare not long ago. It reminded me that your health is everything. And having seen the heart-moving success stories of people whose lives have been changed at other Welcyon clubs, that was enough to convince me that this is where I want to be at this point of my life – in my community, serving others with a business that brings me personal purpose and fulfillment.

A little more about Jim

Jim has been married to his wife Teresa for 27 years. They have two daughters, Colleen, 23, and Maddy, 17, and live in the Minneapolis suburb of Apple Valley. Jim spends his free time with his family, and fishing and golfing with longtime friends.

“My family and my involvement in their lives is paramount to me,” he says, “from coaching, going to my daughter’s dance or theater productions to traveling with them. It is fantastic seeing them thriving.”