By Bedon Lancaster and Frances Kay Sheffield
Though there are many gym options in Oxford, many can be costly and require commitment upfront. One fitness place is changing the game but not in an aggressive fashion.
Snap Fitness, with two locations—one on University Avenue and one on Heritage Drive—is a premier exercise hub that’s open 24/7 to members and has a very simple motto: ‘get fit when it fits.’ Ryan Agnew, manager of Snap Fitness in Oxford, Greenwood, and Grenada, explains the ease of membership at Snap Fitness.
“When we sign you up, we charge you the appropriate price. You’re not locked into a membership with late fees and excessive charges,” he said.
Snap’s current fees are $39.99 per month for a single membership. To add another person to the membership it is $20 more. For a husband, wife and child or children, the rate is $69.95 per month.
One of the primary visions for Snap Fitness is to create a workout environment where people are not intimidated in a gym setting but also feel motivated to better themselves through exercise.
“We want everyone to feel comfortable when they come in here. Exercise is a time to clear your head and improve, not only physically but also mentally. Our main goal is to provide a comfortable environment for people. At Snap, we want our customers’ experience to be as stress-free as possible,” he said.
Snap Fitness’ objective is aimed at many different individuals in the community but is particularly fit for a college student, Agnew said. College students constantly look for stress-relieving strategies due to the immense pressure and stress of school.
Ole Miss student and exercise enthusiast Ford Gordon said he loves going to Snap Fitness.
“It’s a chill workout environment, and the low-level of commitment is definitely a huge plus as a college student,” he said.
Another selling point for Snap Fitness is how new and returning customers are not contractually obligated to return. This helps separate the gym from its competition.
“After the initial membership fee, we don’t charge an enrollment fee or anything, like other gyms. You can cancel your membership whenever you want,” Agnew said.
Another attraction of Snap Fitness is the access to all advanced workout equipment fit for all customers, without the exhaustion of intense workout classes that can lead to injuries, extreme fatigue, and dehydration.
“We are not a fast pace gym like these other competitors. I keep the air up in here because our goal is a comfortable workout that won’t slow you down throughout the day but that will give you energy,” Agnew said. “As long as you’re moving and you’re getting your heart rate up, you will lose weight. You can run here and move fast if you want to. Snap caters to the individual’s need.”
The good reputation that Snap Fitness upholds is not spread by social media or other advertising techniques but is developed through the people in the community.
“I feel like if you run your business and you’re responsible, that’s how you do it well. We are just old-fashioned in that way,” Agnew said.
Snap Fitness prides itself on good customer service, and Agnew said he is always eager to help whoever crosses the threshold of the gym to find the best exercise plan.
“They’re always super helpful when I come in to work out,” Gordon said. “Whether it’s helping me figure out a workout routine or just being friendly, the staff does an awesome job. I would definitely recommend Snap Fitness to anyone, experienced or not.”