Rokki Bonner and Korkeya Toney hope their new Bexley fitness facility will be a change of pace from the big-box fitness facilities that are common in the industry.

Rokki Bonner and Korkeya Toney hope their new Bexley fitness facility will be a change of pace from the big-box fitness facilities that are common in the industry.

Bonner and Toney held a grand opening for Fitness Navigators located at 2803 Delmar Avenue on Feb. 20.

Both have Bexley-area ties. Toney is a Bexley resident and Bonner is a Berwick resident.

The name Fitness Navigators was important because the two plan to help their members navigate fitness information and training. Toney said Fitness Navigators wants to help people meet fitness goals.

"There is a lot of misinformation and disinformation out there," Bonner said. "People are buying into things that don't work."

Bonner has been working in the fitness industry in Bexley for seven years and offers a fitness boot camp she started at the Jewish Community Center.

Toney worked for large-scale fitness facilities and said he has seen firsthand the mistakes that are made.

"I want to take my business ideas of what we should be doing in the fitness industry and put it in place in my own (business)," he said.

Bonner hoped to own her own facility within the next year but special circumstances allowed her to partner with Toney and resulted in a quick opening of Fitness Navigators.

"I love my clients," she said. "I love the community. There is not a mass market niche here in Bexley."

The two hope to give back to the community as well. Bonner is involved with an organization that raises money to help fight childhood obesity. Toney would like to start an organization called "No Obesity for Bexley."

"We know from research that obesity is an epidemic in our society," Toney said. "Kids who are 10 years old are developing type 2 Diabetes."

Fitness classes will be another important component of Fitness Navigators. Cardio Dance by Rachel Hillman and hip-hop fitness, taught by Mike Nicholson, both of whom have Bexley ties, will also be a feature of the facility.

"They have a huge presence in Bexley," Bonner said.

Bonner will teach her fitness boot camp. She has a military background.

Through the class, she plans to give her clients the skills necessary to be successful at home away from a gym. Boot camp will rely on pushups, cardiovascular exercise and using your own weight for resistance. The class will cover flexibility, weight training and cardio.

"I felt the need to bring back the basics," she said.

Clients will have access to a personal trainer to design a workout program for them. The program will be re-evaluated every six weeks, Bonner said, as the body becomes adjusted to the new workout regiment.

"We train individuals to reach their fitness goals," Toney said. "We inspire people to live a healthy lifestyle."

There also will be access to onsite massage therapy. Fitness Navigators is working with three to four area massage therapists, Bonner said.

"Access to massage therapy increases flexibility," Toney said. "After we beat you up, you can come in and get a massage."

Holistic nutrition health information will be available within the next four months, Bonner said. She is currently earning certification from the Institute of Integrative Nutrition and plans to share her knowledge with their clients.

Fitness Navigators' hours of operation are: Monday through Friday 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.