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Published December 29, 2010, 12:00 AM

Finding Balance in Fargo

North Fargo health club branches into south side of town
Cindy Kloeckner met her future daughter-in-law Barb as co-workers at Lady Wellness. The two worked for the women-only fitness club in south Fargo for nearly five years before opening their own club, Total Balance, on the north side of town.

By: Sherri Richards, INFORUM

Business profile

  • What: Total Balance for Women
  • Ownership: Barb and Cindy Kloeckner
  • Where: 1525 32nd Ave. S., Fargo
  • Hours: 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 5 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday, 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday
  • Contact: (701) 540-0740
  • Online: www.totalbalancefargo.com

Cindy Kloeckner met her future daughter-in-law Barb as co-workers at Lady Wellness. The two worked for the women-only fitness club in south Fargo for nearly five years before opening their own club, Total Balance, on the north side of town.

Now they also own the facility on 32nd Avenue where staff members first played matchmaker between Barb and Cindy’s son Matt. They’ve renamed it Total Balance for Women.

The Kloeckners bought the fitness center, which had most recently been Go Far Woman, this fall. Originally they planned to move Total Balance, but instead they now operate two fitness facilities in Fargo.

Total Balance at 1461 Broadway in north Fargo is still a co-ed facility. The south location is for women only.

“Our roots are here, and we are so strongly connected to this facility,” Barb said about the former Lady Wellness location.

Mark Knutson, owner of Go Far Events, which puts on the Fargo Marathon, purchased Lady Wellness in 2009 and updated the club with new equipment and television sets. He approached the Kloeckners about purchasing the club this year, Barb Kloeckner said.

“We get to come in and just build upon what’s here,” she said.

The Kloeckners had a vision for the north location when they purchased Success Health and Fitness Center in 2004. They describe it as cozy. “It’s really become a community center,” Cindy said.

The two women want to bring to the south side that same feeling of community, which they say is crucial when people want to transform their bodies and themselves.

Besides fitness classes, Cindy Kloeckner leads nutrition courses at both sites. The south Total Balance location offers life coaching classes, taught by Cheryl Cullen.

There are a total of 800 members between the two sites. Female members of Total Balance can use both facilities.

Shannon Olson, operations manager of Total Balance on the north side, said women who live on one side of town and work on the other have been excited about the addition of a new location.

Lori Arechigo is one member who has been using both locations. She lives in north Fargo, but works along Fargo’s 13th Avenue South.

She had been a member at Total Balance for about four years, then changed memberships to Go Far Woman after a co-worker started teaching classes there, she said. She missed her early morning workouts at the north side.

“Now I have the option,” Arechigo said. “I have the best of both worlds.”


Readers can reach Forum reporter Sherri Richards at (701) 241-5556

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