You can work out for free at Bob’s Fitness Complex the whole month of October | Fitness
Bob’s Fitness Complex is opening its doors to local gym-goers this month — for free.
The gym, in Bellevue, will be free for guests during staffed hours. Participants won’t sign a contract, just a safety waiver. All guests must be 10 and older.
The special is a way to get people back into the fitness habit. The gym can serve all fitness levels, said Carol Sterba, client relations manager.
If guests want access during non-staffed hours, they can buy an entry fob for $30. It will expire at the end of October.
During the month, staff and personal trainers will be available to show guests around the gym and offer guidance on different machines.
Bob’s Fitness Complex is in Southroads at 1001 Fort Crook Road N. in Bellevue. Staffed hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.
Here’s a listing of other fitness events happening this month:
Omaha Running Club Octoberfest Fun Run
Pint 9 Brewing Company, 10411 Portal Road, Papillion
Werner Park, 12356 Ballpark Way, Papillion
Nebraska Furniture Mart, 700 S. 72nd St.
HEALs to the Pavement 5K
Zorinsky Lake, 156th and F Streets
runsignup.com; search “heals to the pavement”
Midtown Crossing at Turner Park, 3110 Farnam St.
Sarpy County Crime Stoppers 5K
Kros Strain Brewing, 10411 Portal Road, La Vista
runsignup.com; search “sarpy crime stoppers”
Hot Cider Hustle
Skutt Catholic High School, 3131 S. 156th St.
Red Kettle 5K & Family Day
Salvation Army Renaissance Village, 3612 Cuming St.
Hurts Donut Run
Holmes Lake Park, Lincoln
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