Local gym honors Service Members in window and wall art

Published: Aug. 5, 2020 at 11:24 PM CDT
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RIVERTON, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) -

A Riverton fitness center’s owners are thankful that the shutdown didn’t last for any longer, and they are grateful they were able to use their time productively. In addition to deep cleaning to prepare for their reopening, they worked on a few displays to show respect to those people that sacrifice daily to keep us free.

Teton Athletic Club business owners Michael and Tera Alley, used their shutdown time not only for their own purposes but also to honor those who were responding. They worked with a local business to place wraps on their business windows that bring attention to the Pledge of Allegiance, thanking our police, and a reminder to wear red on Fridays for ‘Remember Everyone Deployed.'

“Here at Teton we’re very supportive of our troops, our soldiers, our vets, all law enforcement,” noted Tera Alley, whose son joined the Riverton Police Department recently.

Although the Alley’s who have owned the gym for four years, have always been strong supporters of our law enforcement and our troops, with flags of all the armed forces hanging inside, they were able to showcase their appreciation in a more concrete way by adding the window wraps and starting a ‘Salute to Service.'

“We have a wall that says ‘Salute to Service,’ and anybody that serves in our community or has been in the service, or is still in the service, even if they’re not members of the gym, we ask them to come sign our wall. Then we do a spotlight every Sunday. It’s called ‘Salute to Service,’ and we put it on Facebook and we thank them for their service.”

These memorials aren’t they only new thing happening at Fremont County’s largest and most complete fitness center though. More recently they were able to partner with a massage therapist, who is now offering hot stone, relaxation, and Thai massages at the gym.   Amy Saltsgaver, who teaches group yoga classes at the gym, partnered her therapeutic massage business ‘Blissful Bamboo’ with Teton for the ultimate health and wellness experience under one roof. Massages are available by appointment, as are tanning and red light therapy sessions.

Alley mentioned the importance of healthfulness in the current state of our world. She said, “What is happening in our community and our world right now has brought people into a state of depression, which brings on bad habits and eating and not working out. and not mentally feeding our body right: mentally, physically, spiritually, emotionally. So I really feel like the gym and nutrition is a way out of that. That’s one thing we have control of right now is our health.”

One way to focus on health is to participate in lifting competitions that Teton hosts. They originally had their largest ever power lifting event scheduled for May, but it had to be postponed until this Saturday. They have 17 power lifters competing, and they will donate the proceeds to Riverton Medical District in their plan to build a new hospital in Riverton.

Alley added, “We were very excited to bring awareness to that and what they’re trying to do and how they’re building it and how they’re lining everything up.” The power lifting competition ‘Lift for Change,’ will be held on Saturday at 9 a.m. at Teton Athletic Club in Riverton.

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