Omni Fitness Is Out

The web site of Omni Fitness blares:  “Store Closing Liquidation!  Everything Must Go! Hurry in for the best selection!  Save 50-90% on all remaining treadmills, ellipticals, exercise bikes, home gyms, free weights and more!”

But even the most in-shape Westporter could not hurry down to the Compo Shopping Center store fast enough.  It’s already closed.

Fitness Holdings International — a California-based firm that owns 111 stores including Omni Fitness, Busy Body Home Fitness and LA Gym Equipment — has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.

A realist might say that home gym equipment is a true luxury that should be an early casualty of an economic crunch.

A cynic might say that most home treadmills, ellipticals and exercise bikes seldom wear out from over-use.

But a Westporter who is tired of seeing a new “For Rent” sign every day might say:  “It hurts to see any business go bust.  Who’s next?  And what can anyone do?”

Omni Fitness, Westport CT

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