"You'll feel better when you walk out than when you walked in," Brian Stoffer, the new owner of Epic Fitness of Newcomerstown, said. "I've done it. I believe in fitness."

Stoffer, a 2001 graduate of Newcomerstown High School and a certified personal trainer, purchased the gym back in June 2008 from owners Kenny Koch and Dianne Merrill after they decided to make a career change.

Upon returning to Newcomerstown from his time in the United States Navy and obtaining his associate degree, he had hopes of opening a gym. However, he found one had already opened. When the opportunity to own the facility came up, Stoffer jumped at the idea.

"This is something that I wanted to do in this community," Stoffer said by owning and operating his own gym.

Stoffer still currently serves in the U.S. Navy Reserves and will be mobilized into active duty come this March. He will serve his country somewhere in the desert for one year.

While he's gone, his girlfriend, Jessica Phillips, and his parents, Brad Stoffer and Becky Stoffer, as well as his caring staff, will operate the gym which has approximately 200 members.

As far as changes he would like to make at the gym, he said there aren't any right now.

"Everything works so if it's not broke -- don't fix it," he said. "It's a nice gym."

The facility still offers morning and evening aerobics classes, a tanning bed (during normal business hours) and a play room for children (which is unsupervised, with parent's permission only).

Members have access to the gym 24 hours a day, 365 days a year with an electronic key pin entry. However, normal business hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m.

"Everyone's real supportive in Newcomerstown," Stoffer said. "This community is really supportive of this place doing well and I appreciate that."