How It All Started
The origins of Better Body Fitness trace back to 1983 when an energetic man by the name of Jim McKee opened a “hard core” club on Boone Street in Spokane, WA called “The Better Body”. Jim’s charisma made it a fun place for all types of people to enjoy. Well, of course, with the gym came great success. Jim reluctantly left the gym business and let his love for biking lead him to work at Wheel Sport Cycle and Fitness were he discovered his knack for sales. However, when his boss wanted to put the fitness equipment away for the summer, he decided to dust off the Better Body name and hit the road.
In 1993 Jim became a distributor of sport performance drinks and a vendor for three major commercial fitness equipment lines. He traveled the Northwest in a 1 ton van selling drinks and taking equipment orders. Jim ordered, delivered and repaired fitness equipment from Ellensburg to Bozeman and from Idaho Falls to Bend. As the miles tacked by Better Body Fitness grew and the trips to Montana became longer and more grueling, Jim hired Mona Erb as his commercial equipment representative in Montana.
Mona had previously been the Fitness Director for the Helena YMCA and was eager to join the Better Body team when given the opportunity. Mona’s husband Clint was soon delving into service and installation work throughout Montana and quickly formed his own servicing company called Fitness Systems Technologies. Well, as the story goes, commercial equipment sales and service grew to a point where Jim could no longer administer all of the Montana business as well as Washington and Idaho. So, in 2000, Mona and Clint Erb purchased the Montana region of Better Body Fitness and merged with Fitness Systems Technologies to become Better Body Fitness of Montana, Inc.
With the success of our commercial sales and service, Better Body Fitness of Montana opened its first retail location in 2001. Soon after, business grew by leaps and bounds. Better Body Fitness of Montana is now a corporation with seven employees, retail locations, warehouses, a full service and repair department, a fleet of trucks, and of course two Better Body Fitness affiliate stores in Washington.
In addition to sales and service, Better Body Fitness provides professional consultation services and CAD drawings with equipment layout. What sets Better Body Fitness apart is that we focus one hundred percent on quality fitness equipment with a selection of high quality, proven brand names that include Precor, Cybex, Octane, True, Vision Fitness, Paramount, FreeMotion, SportsArt, Torque, BH Fitness and PaceMaster.