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WOW! members speak out

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC) -- Some members of Work Out World's South Rochester location were surprised to see their gym closed on Saturday.  For many, that surprise turned into frustration, not just because of the move, but the overcrowding at what is now the gym's only local location. 

"There's about double, triple the amount of people that there was," said long-time member Shalene Eastling.  "You kind of have to watch and see when somebody's getting off stuff, to grab it before someone else does."

While some gym members have to plan their workouts, others have found other problems with the additional 5,000 members at the north location.  

"The parking has been a real big issue just to try and find a place to park -- to have easy access to come in and out during the lunch hour," said Kandi Sikkema.

In an earlier interview, the vice president of Work Out World's parent company, Blast Fitness, said there are no plans to open new locations in Rochester, but three to four new clubs will be opened across the state in 2013. 

"We kind of view Rochester as a "one club" town," said Bill Langlois, vice president of Blast Fitness. "We should be able to service this community out of that one club on the north side -- we think that's all we need for this particular community." 

According to Blast Fitness, the gym has a long lease at their north location.  Still, the abrupt closing of one location has some worried it might happen again.

"I just hope they don't close this one down," said Matt Badger.  "I like coming here.  It's a great facility-there's some things you'd wish they do, but overall it's in a good location."

Though it's clearly a good location for some, for others the abrupt change has brought new challenges to their exercise routines.

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