Bell moves Timber Gym, practice into old Y

Timber Gym and Dr. Don Bell III’s Chiropractic Health Center have moved into the former Aberdeen Y at 320 West Market. The building was formally occupied by Coastal Fitness.

“A new deal came together” and he purchased the building for about a half-million dollars which “consolidated my practice with my gym, hand-in-hand,” Bell said Friday. “Now I’ll be able to have a full-service club by having everyone under one roof.”

Bell loves the new building because it is so solid, he said. It was built in 1949. His businesses are celebrating their 25th year, he added. Owning a gym has been his dream “since I was a kid.” This “was the smartest move so we jumped,” he added.

“I am really, really happy. We have three racquetball courts, an indoor running track and we have … more specialty equipment than anybody.”

The pool has been sand-blasted, re-epoxied and refinished and will be filled with water soon. Memberships cost $27 and for $5 extra you can use a card key for 24-7 access. Cross-fit trainers will be added soon as well, he said. Timber Gym also offers group memberships.

He thought he’d stay in Timber Gym’s 10,000-square-foot former location forever, but changed his mind when the deal came up and he realized he could also do rehabilitation with his patients.

The gym is strictly a gym, but he will be able to show patients, such as back patients, exercises and equipment that would be best for them to use, he said.

Bell has won gold medals in weight competitions for power lifting and Olympic style lifting, he said.

The move was made easier by community support, he added.

“We had people we barely know, not members or patients, just show up and help,” he said, saying people even brought trucks to help move the equipment west on Market Street. It’s part of the reason he loves being involved with Logger’s Playday.

So, will he be moving his well-known reader-board sign? “Tough to walk away from that sign,” he said.

He will also move the neon sign. Permits and wiring will be needed before they are put in place, he said.

What will the sign say when it is moved to its new home? He isn’t sure, something funny, Bell hopes. At 47 years of age, “I have toned it down. I have to grow up someday …”

Timber Gym’s telephone number is 360-532-8339 and Bell’s practice can be reached at 360-533-6620.

Erin Hart, 360-537-3932, Twitter: @DW_Erin


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