A Dream Come True for St. George Residents


December 16, 2015

Contact: Lindsey Culley

Community Development & Marketing Manager


Phone: (843) 875-9109 or (843) 259-4778


A Dream Come True for St. George Residents

St. George, S.C. – Just in time for everyone to begin their New Years’ Resolutions, St. George will become home to the newest health and fitness facility in the area. Palmetto Elite Fitness, owned by Crystal Hartzog, will open on Wednesday, December 16, 2015. Hartzog recalls when there used to be a gym in St. George which was over 13 years ago where she worked as an aerobics instructor. “It’s been a dream of mine for a couple of years and we are so excited it is finally happening”.

The word about Palmetto Elite has been buzzing through the small towns of Upper Dorchester County and residents are excited to see this new business that is desperately needed for the residents. Hartzog’s partner, Jack Wimberly, says as a first responder in the area, the gym has always been a dream for him as well. “We want public safety personnel to have the same opportunities for health and wellness as those that have closer access to facilities like this. The goal is for them to stay in better shape and ultimately provide better service to our citizens when responding to emergencies without having to travel 15 or more miles to a health facility”, says Wimberly.

This fitness center has a complete gym including, but not limited to; free weights, cardio machines, 9-piece circuit, and an outdoor functional fitness facility that can be used for group fitness. PEL is also offering classes such as yoga, Zumba, senior fitness, body attack, high interval intensity training (HIIT), and an “anything goes” class which provides a variety workouts changing each week.

The trainers at the gym  are Cathy Lawter who specializes in seniors and weight management; Eugene Smith, specializing in athletes and muscle building, Tracy Strickland, specializing in yoga and personal training, and Bailey Fender, a group fitness instructor. Lawter and Smith are also offering one-on-one sessions and small group workouts.

Palmetto Elite Fitness is located at 852 Highway 15 North, just outside of town limits. You can find the price list and more details on the gym from their Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/PalmettoEliteFitness/. The open house for PEF is this Saturday, December 19th at 11 AM following a 5K beginning at 9 AM sponsored by PEF. You can call the gym at (843) 638-5030 to sign up and more for information on the open house and the gym operations.