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Health club set to open in June

The more South Yuba Club manager Mike Carville thought about America’s trend toward obesity, the more he realized that the health club industry hadn’t done a good job helping people shed extra pounds.

“We know that 84 percent of the people who come into our club come in to lose weight,” said Carville.

He’s excited about what he thinks is an innovative solution to a common Catch-22: Fitness clubs are intimidating places for the overweight and out of shape.



At the end of June, Carville will open “Healthy Now,” a weight loss and health center at 569 Searls Ave. in Nevada City, a stone’s throw from the South Yuba Club.

“We’re trying to create a facility that caters to people who would not normally join a health club, but know that they need to exercise and lose weight,” said Carville.




According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the prevalence of obesity has increased sharply for both adults and children since the 1970s, from 15 percent to 40 percent.

The club will be so specialized that people who are not overweight won’t be admitted. Membership will cost about $15 more per month than the average health club.

Each member will have an assigned “guardian angel” or nutrition and fitness expert to provide one-on-one diet counseling, metabolic retraining and something that Carville says is “key” to keeping weight off: Motivation.

“People have a lot of stress in their lives,” said Carville. “They’re battling issues ranging from financial to emotional. There’s a whole variety of factors that influences someone’s willingness to make changes.”

Carville got his start a ski instructor and rock-climbing guide.

After working at health clubs in Berkeley and Portland, he returned to Nevada City in 1999 to start the South Yuba Club with his parents, Phil Carville and Belinda Rush-Carville.

Carville designed the center to look like a cross between a cafe and a spa. Members will walk into a comfortable reception area decorated with couches and chairs. The communal area is meant to encourage interaction between members, whom Carville says will provide a “strong support component.”

“A million things make it impossible to be successful on your own,” said Carville. “I want to create an environment of like-minded individuals.”

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To contact Staff Writer Jill Bauerle, e-mail jillb@theunion. com or call 477-4219.


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