For Ken Welch, it's all about commitment. His family, his business, the community that has supported Pointe Fitness & Training Center for 20 years.
The Grosse Pointe Park resident of 24 years has been married 23. Their children, five grandchildren and four dogs enjoy the life Grosse Pointe offers.
For Welch, his second love is the business he's built that has served the Pointes and given back.
He's seen gyms come and go, but it's the commitment of Welch and his staff, their knowledge of what it takes to workout and be healthy, that sets them apart.
"Our members are very diverse in their abilities, but the first thing we have to find out is where they want to be," Welch said. "Our gym has everyday people and athletes. The equipment and our knowledge of training make us a good gym. This community always supports us."
Welch could take the money from memberships, classes, personal training sessions and head home after a long day. But his goal is to give back, evident in his support of the Grosse Pointe Animal Adoption Society, ALS charities, community events and baseball teams and the local American Red Cross, which will benefit by a blood drive from 8 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. Wednesday, July 2.
"In terms of why give back, I think it's a matter of conscience," Welch said. "I think if you feel fortunate that you're able to do certain things you enjoy and make a living at it, and also be able to be strong and healthy in the process ... Come on, what the problem with helping out where you can?"
Billed as a professional gym for the average person, Welch said his goal has always been to be part of the community.
"I'm proud of our gym, our length of time in business and in particular our staff and our membership," Welch said. "Our staff, instructors and membership are our greatest strengths and always have been.
Welch is seen at the gym most of the day and evening and he said he values keeping his life private beyond his business.
His business is housed in a 21,000 square foot building at 19556 Harper Ave., Harper Woods.
"I'm proud we've been part of the community and we've given back. That's the most important thing to me," Welch said. "We're more about education with our members and giving them the right information to help them stay in shape.
"You don't see a lot of private gyms like we have anymore and it makes us unique. So does our professional staff. I can't say enough about how hard everybody works."
As does Welch, who starts his day early and ends it late.
"It's rewarding," he said. "It allows me to give something back. To donate to a church or a fundraiser in town. This is a great community. We have been here for a long time. And we aren't going anywhere."