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Massive indoor facility will offer many opportunities to get better within county – The Review

Rachel Wardle, co-owner of Athletix, shows off the Columbiana facility’s Field House which includes volleyball and basketball courts as well as a turf field and pickleball courts. The 45,000 square-foot sports training and competition facility will open to the public soon. (Photo by Westley Dorton)

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COLUMBIANA –A new, state-of-the-art sports facility is coming soon to Columbiana.

The Wardle family of North Lima is slowly brining Athletix to life at 613 State Route 7.

A perfect storm of realization and opportunity allowed the family to construct and open the new multi-purpose facility. The family noticed a need for a quality sports facility in the area, and was able to purchase the land necessary for the 45,000-square foot project.

“There’s definitely a community need, as we came to find out through talking with people that we know out in the sporting world,” co-owner Rachel Wardle said. “Then, we were looking for a great plot of land off of a main street, but we were also just looking at Columbiana –it’s just a beautiful place to be, wonderful people, great attitude and a lot of other family businesses popping up nearby.”

Not only is Athletix owned by a local family, but it is dedicated to providing athletes with every opportunity possible to see improvements in their respective sports. The facility boasts an exciting merge of quality equipment with cutting edge technology. The hope is that combining the two aspects will allow Athletix trainers to get the highest quality performance out of each athlete.

“The biggest thing for our machines is the Perch Technology because it gives the athlete –young athlete, college athlete, or general person– a visual thing,” said manager of the Strength and Fitness Center Evan Schneider. “It gives them something in front of them, rather than a mirror, that they can see the result, their speed and their form. It’s really going to put a value on that.”

Schneider went on to clarify that the Perch Technology — a program using real-time statistics to enhance the quality of a workout — is being used frequently in professional leagues and has seen a more steady presence in Div. 1 in college athletics as well.

Aside from the benefits to athletes, Athletix is looking to provide Columbiana with more job opportunities as well. A member of the ownership family Sean Wardle said that he and Athletix are looking at hiring four to six salaried positions. A little closer to their opening day, which has yet to be determined, he is hoping to have one to two dozen hourly positions available as well.

FACILITY BREAKDOWN

The property is two buildings connected by a central tunnel. The front building houses the Training and Fitness Center, The Cage, two Topgolf Swing Suites, the Studio and an on-site concession stand, Home Plate. The second building is the Field House and it contains an indoor turf field and basketball/volleyball courts.

FRONT BUILDING

The Training and Fitness Center occupies a total of 3,000 square feet of the front building. As noticeable as its total size is, the facility offers a wide variety of equipment. “It’s top of the line equipment –Nautilus equipment,” Schneider said. “You can get a workout in for anybody–any type of athlete, general fitness enthusiast, bodybuilding, all of …….

Source: https://www.reviewonline.com/sports/local-sports/2022/07/massive-indoor-facility-will-offer-many-opportunities-to-get-better-within-county/

Rachel Wardle, co-owner of Athletix, shows off the Columbiana facility’s Field House which includes volleyball and basketball courts as well as a turf field and pickleball courts. The 45,000 square-foot sports training and competition facility will open to the public soon. (Photo by Westley Dorton)

COLUMBIANA –A new, state-of-the-art sports facility is coming soon to Columbiana.

The Wardle family of North Lima is slowly brining Athletix to life at 613 State Route 7.

A perfect storm of realization and opportunity allowed the family to construct and open the new multi-purpose facility. The family no…….

Rachel Wardle, co-owner of Athletix, shows off the Columbiana facility’s Field House which includes volleyball and basketball courts as well as a turf field and pickleball courts. The 45,000 square-foot sports training and competition facility will open to the public soon. (Photo by Westley Dorton)

COLUMBIANA –A new, state-of-the-art sports facility is coming soon to Columbiana.

The Wardle family of North Lima is slowly brining Athletix to life at 613 State Route 7.

A perfect storm of realization and opportunity allowed the family to construct and open the new multi-purpose facility. The family no…….

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