Nipa Applegett was on the move when she decided she wanted to purchase the X Gym.
“I was on a treadmill looking out the window,” the Thailand native said, “and I fell in love with the gym.”
She and her husband John now run the facility, after the business was sold last year by Robbie Todoroff, who remains on the gym’s board and has mentored the couple as an advisor.
Nipa recalled chatting with Todoroff for hours after her sudden epiphany before becoming an owner just months later.
Located across from the former Freestyle Music Park, the gym/recreation center makes use of warehouse space on George Bishop Parkway. It offers use of gym equipment, soccer fields, tanning and different classes.
Some parts of the whole sports mall that is anchored by the X Gym, such as the smoothie shop, operate independently as individual establishments.
“It’s a one-stop shop,” Nipa said.
The couple made some changes after taking over. They added some gym equipment and plan to buy more.
They also added an office space. The facility’s basketball/volleyball area also has new flooring and a birthday party room is now air-conditioned.
As for new programs, they launched a popular line dancing class. Nipa came up with the idea after realizing she had the space to make it happen.
“There’s no place in town nearby where you can go line dancing; you would have to go to North Myrtle Beach” she said. “It’s just too far.”
John and Nipa — a former pastry chef and a longtime employee in the bank industry, respectively — said they enjoy simply getting to chat with members while looking to provide an affordable gym to locals. They noted that X Gym memberships don’t require any long contracts.
Nipa said she especially likes seeing members’ progression as they toil to get in better shape.
“It’s rewarding to see that and how you’re helping people,” she said.
Since they’ve taken over, gym memberships are up and local soccer teams often come to practice on the indoor fields during rainy weather.
Kids’ parties have also seen success with as many as three in a day being held.
Additionally, the gym’s new owners have placed an emphasis on cleanliness, encouraging members to disinfect equipment they use.
Classes offered include Zumba, body sculpting and yoga.
Nipa said one of the the fitness center’s instructors even trained with the creator of Tae Bo, Billy Blanks. The gym is at 568 George Bishop Parkway, Myrtle Beach.
The phone number is 843-236-0009. For more information, visit www.xmyrtlebeach.com.