Carmel’s new Motion 4 Life Fitness caters to seniors


Motion 4 Life Fitness will open Jan. 20. (Submitted photo)

For Justin Gilmore, Motion 4 Life Fitness was the right tenant.

Gilmore Chiropractic opened a new Carmel office in late November at 14801 Market Center Dr., Suite 150.

“I own the land and built the building, and I’m taking 2,000 square feet of it. Motion 4 Life is taking 6,600 square feet of it,” Gilmore said. “There is still 1,300 square feet available.”

Gilmore, a Carmel resident, said he wanted to create a synergy in helping the community from a health care perspective.

His real estate broker came across Motion 4 Life founder Dr. Carol Weesner, an emergency room physician who had a vision to create a fitness center primarily for those 45 and older to work out properly and safely.

“I thought it would be a perfect tenant to go along with my practice,” Gilmore said. “In our practice, we see people from teenagers into their 90s, and this will be perfect for people who are pro-active in their health. They go to a chiropractor but once they get to a certain age they need to know how to properly maintain mobility and good health. I think it will be a good synergy with my practice and them.”

Tom Weesner, Carol’s brother, is president of Motion 4 Life, which is scheduled to open Jan. 20.

“We’ve been working on this for a few years and we’re really excited,” Tom said. “Carol started this because she is on the reactive end of medicine in the emergency room and she has seen people coming after falls and issues with independent living. In addition to practicing, she wanted to begin making a difference in their lives on a pro-active end.”

Tom said they have done a lot of research on what older people are concerned about when they go to a gym.

“We addressed those issues,” Tom said. “For example, older folks are hesitant to join a gym because of loud music and younger, buff kids. We’ve created a facility where there is a social area where people can come in and play cards. We’ll have coffee there. It’s like a family room.”

There is a changing room with three private showers.

There is another disability-access area inside each locker room. There is a disability-accessable changing room where a caregiver can provide assistance.

“The music is going to be tailored for those of us who are older. It’s not going to be rock and roll blaring music,” Tom said.

Motion 4 Life has 10 employees, including two personal trainers and a registered dietitian.

“Older folks are most successful when they are working with a personal trainer, so all of our memberships include personal training at one level or another,” Tom said. “You can also use the gym whenever it’s open and you can attend all the classes. Each person will have an individualized program designed for them by a personal trainer.”’

The hours  are 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays and closed Sundays.

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