ISHPEMING, Mich. (WLUC) - The Ishpeming Anytime Fitness, in partnership with Courage Incorporated, is opening its doors to disabled veterans this winter.
Starting Monday, November 13th, at the Gwinn, Munsing and Ishpeming locations, disabled veterans are welcome to use the gym for free.
Winter is knocking on the door of the U.P., which means many people will soon be stuck inside until the snow is gone.
"This time of year, we have seasonal depression, winter's coming it's obvious, there's quite a few months of cold and wet and not fun," CEO and Co-Founder of Courage Incorporated Nathan Denofre said. "It's really, unfortunately people that have a disability it's hard enough to get around, and then you look at the veteran aspect you know there's over a 22 percent higher suicide rate in veterans compared to non-veterans."
"We take disabled adults and veterans since 2015 on rustic excursions in the woods, canoeing, fishing, hiking, backpacking, hunting, stuff like that," Denofre said.
Denofre says he wants to provide veterans the opportunity to get out of the house and get a workout in.
"This is a way for us to stay active in the community and help the community and our disabled veterans and adults all winter long", Denofre said.
"Exercise is just a natural mood booster. Also, the gyms are a great place to be social and get out," Anytime Fitness in Ishpeming's Tonya Allen said.
The Anytime Fitness in Ishpeming, Gwinn and Munising will be available for disabled vets with proof of service, to use their facilities.
"We're opening our gym doors to all disabled veterans of all percentages to come and workout for free during the winter during our staffed hours five days a week. We just felt that this was a great way to give back to the communities and also a great way to thank our veterans," Allen said.
For more information about the program, visit their Facebook page Ishpeming Anytime Fitness.