Caz Fitness turns 10

Local health club offers same location, same prices and many original members from a decade ago

Photo by Jason Emerson.

— Caz Fitness has been in the same location, with the same membership prices, for the past decade. This month, the local business that offers workout machines, yoga, boot camp and personal training classes celebrates its 10-year anniversary with giveaways for free classes and even free six-month memberships.

Caz Fitness, located at 51 Albany St. in the old Madison County bank building, opened in May 2003 based on copious amounts of demographic research and community surveys that showed a large desire for a local health club. De Ann Steinhurst, one of the original proprietors, said hours of meetings occurred with consultants, designers, artists and local contractors on the layout and design of the three-story club.

The original intent was for two floors of workout space, that is until the owners discovered, through the broken door of the pull-down attic, beautiful old stone and brick exposed walls on the third level. They decided to install a suspended floor, some skylights and a few mirrors, and the space became a cozy, unique area ultimately used for some classes, personal training and individual workout space for members.

The first two floors of the club contain free weights, Cybex machines, cardio equipment and open space for classes or training. But it was decided at the beginning that the main areas of the club needed a more Cazenovia-like ambiance. So Corky Goss, then-head of Cazenovia College’s art and design program, was hired to paint a mural on the first-floor wall of Cazenovia Lake at sunrise. He had so much fun with the work that the scene ultimately spanned the entire building, even up to the second floor.

When the building was ready, Caz Fitness began pre-registration for members in the foyer of Cazenovia Jewelry. “The turnout was tremendous,” Steinhurt said, with a line stretching out the door and down the sidewalk. Two-thirds of those first members actually joined before even stepping foot inside the facility. Many of those original members still belong to the club today.

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