Harold Donegan lifts 220 pounds -- a good bench press, he says -- but he's not as strong as he used to be.

Donegan, a west Columbus resident, said he has been going to the Schiller Recreation Center and working out for the better part of 25 years.

The Columbus Recreation and Parks Department has 18 designated "Get Active" centers with specialized workout facilities, cardio equipment, weight machines and hundreds of fitness classes.

"I love the cost," Donegan said.

At 66 years old, he is in the 50-plus category, meaning he pays $40 annually and has access to multiple gyms.

For those ages 18 to 49, the annual cost is $60.

Anyone 14 to 17 is admitted free but only for a registered class or under the supervision of an adult who has a fitness pass, said Brian Hoyt, Recreation and Parks spokesman.

Hoyt said the programs and equipment can accommodate almost anyone's level of fitness anywhere in the city.

"We try to make it convenient for everybody," he said. "While there might be one Get Active fitness center where you live there also might be a different one (near) where you work, but your fitness pass works at all locations."

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