KX gym is indie again

The gym business is one in which sudden changes are common.

Chains open and close, sometimes leaving members out in the cold.

It's rare for one gym to undergo several changes under the same ownership.

However, that's the situation with KX Fitness.

Co-owner Kim Shackleford started with two independent gyms, opening the first in Apex in 2003 and a second in Clayton in 2006.

After she had a child, she decided it might be easier to become part of a larger organization and entered into a franchise with Peak Fitness in 2007.

It didn't worked out as well as she had hoped, so now the two clubs are independent again.

"Bigger is not always better," she said. "Sometimes it's better to be a small fish."

Shackleford said the split had nothing to do with recent Peak Fitness financial news, including the recent bankruptcy of one Raleigh-area franchisee.

The two KX Fitness gyms are at 908 W. Williams St. in Apex and 11694 U.S. 70 W in Clayton.

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