Aspirus health center reopens in Antigo

The Aspirus Health & Performance Center, located at 112 E. Fifth Ave. in Antigo, opened to members Monday. The center is taking a phased reopening approach for the safety of members and staff.

Hours of operation during phase one will be Monday through Friday, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. This will allow staff to frequently clean equipment and common areas. Locker rooms, towel service and drinking fountains are currently not available. Aspirus Langlade Hospital is providing current members with the month of July at no cost. As billing resumes in August, the members will only be charged for half of their August membership to offset the closure time in March.

Before entry to the center, members will be screened for COVID-19 symptoms and have their temperature taken at the main entrance of the hospital from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m. and at the Health & Performance Center entrance from 5 p.m.to 6 p.m. Masks are required upon entering and exiting the building but may be removed during exercise. The Aspirus team has implemented other safety measures, such as distanced exercise equipment, increased sanitizing stations and limited occupancy of certain areas to ensure social distancing is being followed. Members are asked to wipe down equipment with sanitizing wipes after use.

“The Aspirus Health & Performance Center staff and myself have put together a reopening strategy with the primary focus being the safe return of our members. The facility has transformed somewhat in order to meet the safety guidelines of the CDC and the Medical Fitness Association,” said Greg Renfro, center manager. “We are all looking forward to working with our members toward their fitness and wellness goals.”

The Aspirus Health & Performance Center is a medically based fitness center. Members are able to monitor their blood pressure during exercise and communicate results back to their doctors. “We have purchased more blood pressure cuffs to ensure proper sanitization between uses,” said Renfro.

Any membership questions can be directed to Renfro at greg.renfro@aspirus.org or 715-623-9924. Progress updates will be available at aspirus.org/antigofitness.