Short Fitness Center in Pawuska has exercise equipment and a heated pool. Memberships start for as little as $20 per month!

Short Fitness Center Asst. Manager Diane Todd and Manager Matt Tonubbee

The Short Fitness Center in Pawhuska, owned by the City of Pawhuska, is open from 6:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays for those 18 and older to help Pawhuskans get in shape!

Manager Matt Tonubbee, who is a NESTA (National Exercise and Sports Trainer Association) certified trainer, has been working in the field since 1994, and has been on staff since 2003. His hours are 6:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. weekdays. His Assistant Manager Diane Todd is at the Center 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays.

The Center, which is open to the public, costs just $20 per month for equipment room, or indoor pool privileges, or $30 for both. Tonubbee and Todd are available to help members achieve their fitness goals.

“When people join, we show them how to use everything in here. If they want more specifics about what to do, they come to me,” Tonubbee said.

The equipment room has a variety of machines for cardiovascular training including: Two treadmills, two Schwinn Airdyne bicycles, two eliptical machines, two Nu-Steps (sit-down steppers) and one stair climber.

For strength training there are: a large, multi-station Yukon machine and a Bowflex machine.

The equipment is set up facing a large, flat-scree television, which provides entertainment while members exercise. “The television is available on a first-come, first-serve basis as long as the station chosen doesn’t offend anyone,” Tonubbee explained.

The Center shares its restroom/shower with the outdoor city pool facility. The restrooms are heated and the temperatures in those areas are comfortable except on the coldest days, Tonubbee said.

Although the Center does not have lockers, the pool area does have baskets to hold personal items. Members are responsible for safekeeping items they bring on premises.

In the pool area, which is heated at 85 degrees, there are dumbbells and barbells for strength training. Inside the pool is a self-propelled treadmill. The pool is not a lap-style, but there are times during the day when traffic is slow enough that people can do laps, Tonubbee said. The pool’s depth ranges from 3.5 feet in the shallow end to 4.5 feet in the deep end.

The pool offers a way to exercise muscles with reduced strain on joints. “The clientelle that uses our pool typically have lower extremity issues whether it be arthiritis or joint pain,” Tonubbee explained.

Previously, the Short Fitness Center was owned and operated by the Pawhuska Hospital. However, to conserve the hospital’s budget, the ownership and operation of the Center was turned over to the city of Pawhuska on July 1, 2005.

The Pawhuska Hospital continues to provide acquatic physical therapy at the indoor pool as part of its services to patients of its Physical Therapy Department.

The Center does not offer acquatic or floor exercise classes currently, but would if there were enough interest, Tonubbee said.

Membership is offered on a month-to-month basis or at a daily rate of $5, so members can try out the facilities without making a long-term financial commitment. The Center has 65-70 members currently and is taking new members.

In addition, there are key cards, which provide 24-hour access to the Center. All of the 190 key cards have been issued at present, but members can be placed on a key-card waiting list. Tonubbee routinely requests the return of key cards not being used, so they can be made available to other members, he said.

City of Pawhuska employees receive free memberships and key cards, while family members pay the regular membership fees.

The Center offers a peaceful, friendly atmosphere in which to get in shape. “A large portion of the clientelle are over 50,” Tonubbee said. However, “We’ve started getting younger people in the past ten years,” he added. The Center is open to the public 18 and older.

For more information stop by the Center or call 918-287-1681.

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About Roseanne McKee

Journalist who enjoys reporting the community events/news of Pawhuska, Okla. Pawhuska has a rich culture as the home of the Osage Nation. Cattle ranching, the Tallgrass Prairie Preserve and the oil industry are all located near Pawhuska. The people are warm, generous and unpretentious. I love Pawhuska!
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