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May 15, 2013

Bodyplex Milledgeville grows while giving back


EDITOR’S NOTE: This is the third in a five-part series highlighting this year’s finalists for Milledgeville-Baldwin County Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the Year. The winner will be announced at the Blue Sapphire Gala annual dinner and awards presentation on Saturday, June 1 at the Milledgeville Country Club.

Whether it’s the facility or the staff, Bodyplex Milledgeville stretches beyond the standard gym image. 

As a nominee for the Milledgeville-Baldwin County Chamber of Commerce Small Business of the Year, Bodyplex figures business gains equal the commitment to better serve employees, members and the community.

Co-owner Larry Mullis said the gym’s focused, goal-oriented approach spurred growth since 2007. There is no one person that is Bodyplex.

“It’s sincerity. We are all completely on board,” Mullis said. “We want to take care of our community because they take care of us. We’ve set a standard that is above most, and everyone just achieves it.”

Co-owner Dr. Mike Martino remembers the days of eight employees and 900 members. Now, the fitness club carries 25 employees and 3,000 members including the successful SilverSneakers adult and senior fitness groups.

General manager and co-owner Adam Shields arrived in September 2009 to a club with high potential that lacked a definite identity.

“We decided we would set out initiatives for what this business would stand for,” he said.

People matter most became a Bodyplex calling card. Caring about the staff helped elevate the club’s reach.

“We were going to invest into our people,” Shields said. “We knew if we gave all we could to our employees than we stood a much better chance of them giving that back to us. That’s where the growth of that club started.”

Professional development retreats and educational opportunities allowed several employees to excel from manning daycare to upper management positions. Many of that original staff still call Bodyplex home.

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