On the corner of 9th and Asbury, one building in next to Collette, stands Local Gym and Fitness, one of Ocean City’s premiere fitness facilities located in the heart of downtown. With its tall, wide open glass doors and modern feel, this gym welcomes all sorts of fitness gurus, whether they be local or summer residents!The gym opened its doors in the fall of 2011 and welcomed a successful beginning. However it wasn’t until that following summer that the four owners of the gym truly saw it’s potential and success as the out-of-towners also expressed their love of the business.“ I think what sets Local apart from other gyms in our area is that it has a great location in the middle of all the action of Asbury Avenue, a friendly and unique environment, and fair pricing,” Russell Snow, one of the four owners of the facility remarks. “ People appreciate that we’re four local men who have been involved in the fitness community and industry since 1972. We’re not newcomers, we know what we’re doing and we’re very passionate about it,”.Russell overlooks from the beams of the new mezzanine extension.Russell is also the contractor for the gym and gave it the infamous look and feel everyone now recognizes. Currently, he’s been working on extending the second story mezzanine to offer more free workout space.The passion of each of the owners- Russell Snow, Mark Impagliazzo, Fritz Hastings and Patrick Carr, is evident in their continuous personal and business-related fitness and health endeavors. The men never stop working to improve their business year after year.With that said, Fritz, both an owner and fitness trainer at Local, filled us in on over twenty new pieces of fitness equipment in the gym! “We are proud to now have 5 brand new Matrix treadmills, a Jacob’s Ladder, a Matrix, new abduction/adduction machine, Converging Chest Press and a Converging Overhead Press, all new Olympic Jerk boxes, new Rogue lifting bars, and PLENTY more!” Fritz says excitedly.On top of the all-new equipment, the gym has also lowered its summer rates as well as extended their hours! You can now workout at Local every Monday-Thursday from 5:30 am-10:00 pm, Friday 5:30 am-8:00 pm, and Saturday and Sunday 6:00 am-8:00 pm! For a look at the brand new summer rates, check out Local’s website: localgymandfitness.com and don’t forget to follow them on instagram: @localgym_fitness and like their Facebook page for the latest news and updates!