Absolute Fitness Solutions equips Reserve post

Jessica Schladebeck

The U.S. Army Reserve on Friday got an early Christmas gift from a local business owner.

a row of treadmills at Absolute Fitness Solutions.

Sam Wiggins, owner and president of Absolute Fitness Solutions which repairs and sells commercial gym equipment, gave more more than $40,000 in equipment — an entire gym's worth — to the reserve post. The post on Arsenal Road is the training center for Army Reserve members from York County and serves hundreds of members on any given day throughout the week.

The donated equipment, including ellipticals, treadmills and strength training machines, was installed and the gym opened to members of the reserve Friday afternoon.

Military: The new gym is a result of a collaborative effort between Wiggins and his longtime friend Capt. Rick Seigler, Company Commander at the U.S. Army Reserve Post. The pair met in Marietta and have a common military background.

Wiggins served in the Army from 1973 to 1976 where he became a sergeant before leaving and becoming a fitness coach and then owner of Absolute Fitness, 1601 W. King Street in York

Seigler reached out to Wiggins several months ago about getting a treadmill and the project — a gym full of refurbished equipment —  grew from there, Wiggins said.

“The Army Reserve is an important part of the Military, and the training done in facilities like this across the country is a part of our National Defense” Wiggins said “The men and women who serve here deserve a space they can come and work out, in addition to the training they receive in the course of their service.”

Absolute: Wiggins founded Absolute Fitness Solutions in Marietta, Lancaster County, where he and his team operated out of a small warehouse. Wiggins had previously been purchasing and fixing equipment for friends and business partners.

Absolute Fitness' growth pushed the company to move to a larger Lancaster facility in 2009, when they started to offer a larger selection of equipment and began to ship products internationally.

The center moved to its current location in West York in 2013 and boasts one of the largest selections of used commercial fitness equipment in the area. It offers services ranging from equipment repair to delivery and equipment installation.

— Reach Jessica Schladebeck at jschladebeck@yorkdispatch.com.