Balance Health and Body will soon be expanding into the old Athenian building at 650 Chuck Gray Court.
Kim Montgomery, owner of Balance, said from day one the goal has always been to expand.
“I bought the business almost four years ago and I knew immediately when I bought it that I wanted to develop it over time and grow it in different ways,” she said.
Montgomery said right now is the best time to grow her business.
“During COVID everyone has taken some time to look within and ultimately my idea was I want a collaborative group of awesome people coming together in one space,” she said. “Although fitness is my primary business right now, I want to expand into a full wellness facility.
She said when she was first contacted about the Athenian space she laughed off the idea.
“I thought there is no way,” she said. “But when I viewed the space, I could start seeing where exactly we would grow and what all we could offer.”
She said her adventures with this new space would not be possible without the help of Julie Moore at Moore Yoga, Mary Allen of Sixth+Zero, Laci Clark of Soul Healing Massage, and mental wellness coach Kara Allen. All of these women will have a space for their niches once Balance takes over the building.
Montgomery said her dream involves group fitness classes, indoor kickball, classes for adults and children, massage therapy, racquetball and more.
“I love having any activity that keeps adults and kids active,” Montgomery said. “It doesn’t have to be a focused workout. I want what I call unorganized sports.”
She also wants to have a therapist come on board to help facilitate group therapy sessions and discussions.
“My goal is to do physical, mental, environmental, social, intellectual — just bringing in every sense of self-care and wellness that we could,” Montgomery said. “We just want to really provide a facility unlike anything we have right now,” she said.
The move will be Montgomery’s second — she started on KY 54 and is currently located on Frederica Street.
“We have definitely outgrown the Frederica location,” she said. “I loved being in town, but I feel like the location at the Athenian will be better accessed for people on the east side and west side because it’s right there at the bypass.”
While the roof had already been recently replaced, Montgomery said she is doing major aesthetic improvements.
“The bones of the place are great,” she said. “But the inside has looked the same since I was 19, and I’m almost 40.”
While not a definite date, Montgomery said she is hoping to have some of the new space up and running by March 1 — spin, yoga and pilates classes, TRX suspension training and the sports courts.
“It’s going to be an awesome adventure,” she said. “We’re all super excited.”