ROCK RAPIDS—The Sanford Health Rock Rapids Wellness Center is a hub for healthy living in the Lyon County seat community.

The facility, located at 400 S. Seventh Ave., offers a range of exercise and fitness-related activities to the city of about 2,600 people.

Jennifer Hoefert, Sanford Rock Rapids rehabilitation services department manager, said the center is a nice option for residents wanting to exercise and that it serves a wide range of people.

“We have some elderly people that have maybe finished therapy or cardiac rehab that like to come in and exercise during staff hours,” Hoefert said. “They feel more comfortable and safe during that time.”

The fitness space features various cardiovascular and weight-press machines as well as hand-held weights and exercise balls. In fall 2019, a remodel was finished at the wellness center that saw the installation of new equipment as well as several cosmetic updates.

Younger people tend to frequent the center in the evening hours for weight training, and the building is card-key accessible 24/7 to members. One-day passes also are available to nonmembers.

The CPR-certified staff provides group exercise instruction — which includes morning circuit classes 8:30-9:30 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday — as well as fitness assessments and individual orientations.

“Our staff that work there are very well versed in fitness and could help you set up a program or things that you have some interest in, but there’s not a specific track or specific classes beyond that necessarily,” Hoefert said.

The staff hours are 7:30-11:30 a.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday and 4:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesday and Thursday.

A variety of membership packages are available for individuals, couples and families. Membership rates can be renewed on a monthly, semiannual or annual basis.

Discounts likewise are available to military personnel, seniors 55 years and older and Sanford Health employees, Sanford Health Plan members and students. Additional discounts are available depending on members’ health insurance plans.

Those who sign up to join the wellness center before Feb. 28 will receive one month of membership for free.

Hoefert noted usage at the facility dipped slightly during the coronavirus pandemic and that membership numbers tend to fluctuate throughout the year. However, as the pandemic subsides in N’West Iowa, she hopes more people will take advantage of all the wellness center offers.

“People should come check it out because it’s a nice facility with a lot of equipment,” she said. “They could find something that would work for them.”