W. Ashley Gold's Gym closes

The West Ashley Gold’s Gym previously housed LifeQuest Fitness.

Fitness buffs won't be pumping up at Gold's Gym in West Ashley anymore.

The fitness center at 35 Folly Road closed Friday.

A sign on the door directed members to the Gold's Gym at 1291 Folly Road on James Island.

"All memberships will transfer to the James Island location," the notice read.

Those members not opting to relocate could fill out a cancellation form.

Cliff Smith, a partner in the James Island facility, said the closed gym was not part of his franchise and directed questions to the corporate office in Irving, Texas.

Gold's Gym spokesman Dave Reiseman said the closed facility is an independently owned and operated franchise and is part of a consolidation effort by that franchise group.

"Members will now get to enjoy a newer facility with even more amenities," he said.

Reiseman did not say why the gym closed, though some members speculated that it had to do with the condition of the aging building. The site previously housed LifeQuest Fitness, which closed its Charleston gyms in 2006 after a string of financial troubles.

Smith said the James Island Gold's Gym welcomes members from the closed facility and is expanding by 4,000 square feet to add more free weights and other fitness equipment.

Longtime gym members lamented the facility's closing Friday.

"It kind of sucks," said Shannon Cole, a member of the West Ashley gym for five years said. "The one on

James Island is too far. I will have to find another gym."

Many gym members received a telephone call on Wednesday telling them about the workout center's closing. That was followed up Thursday with a text message.

Katie Clair of West Ashley said she wasn't notified, and that she was shocked to learn Friday that her fitness center for the past three years was closing.

"I would have preferred a formal letter stating my options," Clair said.

Like Cole, she said she would look for a new gym as well.

"I don't care to commute to James Island when there are so many other options closer," Clair said.

The gym's demise follows the closing, takeover or opening of several other fitness centers recently in the Charleston area.

Mount Pleasant Aerobics & Fitness in Mount Pleasant shut down in December and its members were assigned to the nearby East Shore Athletic Club on Johnnie Dodds Boulevard.

This year, East Shore also took over West Ashley Aerobics & Fitness and bought out World Fitness in Moncks Corner and Goose Creek. East Shore also closed its gym at Seaside Farms.

Dfine Fit opened in Park West, while Planet Fitness opened in Citadel Mall and plans another gym at Northwoods Mall by early next year.