CHILDERSBURG – Scott Moncrief is doing something he has always loved and helping people while he is doing it.

Moncrief is the new owner of Bella Luna Special Events and Fitness and Tanning Center at 70 Hagan Ave.

The new owner decided to do something different, so he semi-retired and bought the business. “I have always loved gyms,” he said. “Now I am doing what I love, yet I am also helping people when it comes to fitness.”

The fitness center is open 24/7, 365 days a year. Those who join receive a key for the business’s entry system.

Moncrief is continually upgrading the exercise and cardio equipment in the center.

“We have treadmills, bikes, fixed weights and name brands such as Cybex, Total Body and Royster. The equipment we have fits every need as far as cardio and physical fitness,” he said.

Moncrief said membership fees were increased recently in an effort to upgrade the equipment even more. “We are constantly trying to improve our equipment,” he said.

Moncrief and fellow personal certified trainer Micah Hall are available for clients. “We have a total body workout for men and women. We also have saunas and tanning. Today, there are 400 members in the fitness center. Word of mouth is helping get the word out. This is the only gym in Childersburg,” Moncrief explained.

The new owner said the facility is safe and secure, even at night. There are lights in the parking area, and Moncrief said Childersburg police are good about patrolling the area.

“We’ve had no problems,” Moncrief said.

Anyone interested in the fitness center can call Moncrief for memberships at 256-346-3150.

The fitness center has programs called Silver Sneakers and Silver & Fit for seniors. He said many insurances cover a gym membership.

Also available Tuesday and Thursday, 8 to 8:45 a.m., and Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, noon to 1 p.m. is a stretching, cardio, optimism, toning program – a total body workout – for $5 a session.

Moncrief is from Alabaster and loves getting to know his steady gym members. For many, he said, the gym is a daily ritual. His wife, Angie, helps him out, but he said she has a full-time job, too.

“We’ve been married 30 years. We have two daughters, Kaitlin and Courtnie, and one grandson, Roman Scott, who is 18-months-old,” he said.

The Bella Luna Center can be rented for birthdays, family reunions, proms, weddings, receptions and Christmas parties.

“We’re hosting a luau on April 20. There will be food and games. It is BYOB and it is $10 per person, $15 per couple. There will be a photo booth. I think it will be fun. If all goes well, we will see what else we can do,” Moncrief said.

Bella Luna doesn’t cater. Those using the facility can use their own caterer.

Moncrief said in addition to being a personal trainer at the gym, he is also the laundry guy and janitor.

The business owner spent eight years in the Army.

Moncrief said he has many permanent fitness center users such as Wes and Sherry Box. Box said he enjoys the gym, and it pretty much has everything he needs.

There is also a weight area for those interested in weight lifting.

Moncrief said he wants to be the gym “where you know everyone’s name, you feel comfortable.”

The gym owner is planning a boot camp for those interested when the weather improves. “Just give me a call about that, too,” he said.