Fitness center expands at Sportsplex

Posted: April 18, 2013

The Winchester Star

The co-owners of Body Renew and Family Fitness Center are Jeremy Wright (left) and Matt Hirschberg. (Photo by Scott Mason/The Winchester Star)

KERNSTOWN — Body Renew Fitness is adding 60,000 square feet to its Sportsplex location, taking over the building’s two athletic fields, snack bar and climbing wall.


The Sportsplex sign on the outside of the building at 221 Commonwealth Court will come down and the Body Renew and Family Fitness Center sign will go up.


“I think the space is underutilized,” said Jeremy Wright of Frederick County, co-owner of Body Renew. “We want to get more people involved in fitness.”


Traditional gyms don’t offer much for children, he said. The larger Body Renew will be a place the entire family can go together.


Wright, 36, said he envisions a place where mom can jog on a treadmill on the mezzanine overlooking the field as her son plays soccer, or dad can participate in a pickup basketball game while the family preschooler is in the supervised childcare area.


Getting parents committed to active lifestyles is a great start to getting kids on the healthy living path, Wright said.


“You can’t change the kid unless you change the parent,” he said.


Body Renew is renting the extra square footage from building owner Ron Hodgson.

Instant Replay Sports, as well as Shenandoah Tumblers, will remain in the building.


“It’s time to retire. I’m old,” said the 61-year-old Hodgson. “It’s time to relax and enjoy life a bit.”


Wright, he said, is an “astute businessman” and will do a good job managing the space.


In addition to playing host to various sports teams since its opening in 2004, the 77,000-square-foot Sportsplex has been the site of private birthday parties and many community events such as car shows, consignment sales of children’s clothing and even a mental health forum.


Body Renew will still offer opportunities for team sports activities and birthday parties with a gym membership, Wright said, but not as many large-scale events.


“We want to move away from the special events and make it more of a sports center,” Wright said.


The changes will be made gradually, though. Body Renew will honor any sports team commitments that have already been signed, as well as any naming rights commitments.


Originally from Vermont, Wright came to Winchester to manage the local Gold’s Gym. After five years, he left to oversee five Gold’s Gyms in Florida but eventually returned to Winchester to purchase an established gym in Delco Plaza in 2008.


In 2011, he and his business partners purchased another established gym on the second floor of the Sportsplex. The two sites have “thousands” of members, said Wright, who didn’t want to give a specific number.


His business partners are his father, Walter Wright, and 33-year-old Sherando High School graduate Matt Hirschberg.


Cost of individual memberships range from $9.99 for a basic membership at one gym to $29.99 for use of both facilities, including the sports fields and the saltwater pool being installed at the Delco Plaza location.


A percentage of each new membership is donated to the Winchester Boys and Girls Club.


For information about a membership, call The Sportsplex at 540-931-0417 or Delco Plaza at 540-317-1569.


— Contact Robyn Fontes Taylorat