Tawas City resident Cyndy Smith, left, poses with East Tawas resident Sue Orr, right, at the East Tawas Community Center’s new resistance circuit training equipment. The equipment wad donated by Smith, who recently closed her fitness business.

TAWAS CITY – A charitable donation of resistance circuit training exercise equipment to the East Tawas Community Center is working to give Iosco County residents the right “curves.”

Recently, Tawas City resident Cyndy Smith, the former owner of the Ladys’ Choice Gym in Baldwin Township, donated the gym’s circuit equipment to the center, after her gym business closed.

The gym was run entirely by a volunteer workforce, but according to Smith, due to circumstances with volunteer schedules and health issues, Smith closed the gym.

According to Smith, the gym never made a profit in its time being open, but provided a welcoming place for area women to work out, several of which volunteered to run the gym.

Smith estimated the equipment to be valued at more than $5,000 and said she donated the items because she wanted to see people get use out of them. The machines were used as part of a resistance circuit training program developed for use in the Curves for Women gym franchise.

The equipment can be used as independent workouts or individuals can use the gym in the method that was used at Smith’s former gym, which combines a 30-minute workout using a variety of the machines.

Workout guides for how to use the equipment, including a CD that has the workout for the circuit equipment, is available at the center and posted in the facility.

Gym staff have said that the equipment, which has been in place for several months, has been used quite a bit by members of the community and gym memberships are up. Smith said a bonus is that now men can get in on the workout action and use the items. Previously, her gym was only open to female members.

East Tawas resident Sue Orr was a member of Smith’s gym who uses the equipment at the center. She said that she has found the weekly workouts with the items beneficial to her health and to her mother Beverly Orr, who is in her 90s.

According to Sue Orr, her mother has been able to strengthen herself so that she is less susceptible to injury when she has fallen in the past. She recommended individuals in the community to come try out the new equipment for themselves.

The community center’s facilities are open to East Tawas residents at a rate of $15 for a season, and $35 for non-residents. The gym is open Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. and from noon until 9 p.m. on Sundays. 

More information about memberships and the facility can be found by visiting