Meet Dale and Paula Reece, the owners of Crossroads Fitness. Crossroads is more than just a fitness gym, it’s a place members go because they want to. They provide top notch amenities, a clean facility, and cutting edge fitness programs.
Paula: I was born and raised in Laramie, Wyoming. I moved to Grand Junction in 2000 and came to work at Crossroads Fitness which is where I met Dale.
Dale: I was raised in Salt Lake City as a non-Mormon in a Mormon community. Living in Salt Lake back in the 60’s was a great place to be raised. I do feel like being raised in Salt Lake City you are more sheltered and so you kind of keep your innocence. After I got to Grand Junction, I realized it’s just a place you cannot leave.
Q: What inspired you or led you to your current career?
A: Dale: I started Crossroads Fitness in 1986 because it was a great opportunity. In the last 60 days this has truly tested who we are. This is the time that is shown how awesome our community is. We discussed our lease with the owners to what we could do during this difficult time and they granted us an amendment for 3 months that would allow us to not pay rent for at least 3 months unless we were open. They said when we open again, we would start paying rent again and for those 3 months we would not have to pay it back or add it to the end of our lease – I feel like this gave us back our lives! The realization of the patience and the acceptance and sincere gratitude helped us see that we had friends for life and how strong our community is.
Paula: I think Crossroads is more than just four walls with a gym. I think our staff is so talented and caring to our members that we are like a family. It’s more than just the amenities, we are always on the cutting edge of something new. It has always been about the lifestyle and the member experience. I think that is what makes Crossroads unique. It’s the feelings, the results, the lifestyle changes and success stories of the people that come here. They give us their time, and we really value that.
Q: What is your favorite restaurant in The Grand Valley, and what do you love there?
Paula: My favorite is No Coast. I love the Dillion Roll, Dynamite Shrimp and the Purple Haze Sake.
Q: Who would you like to see nominated for this project – The Faces of The Grand Valley?
A: Dale: Lena Elliott
Paula: Tawny Espinoza
Q: Who is the most interesting person you’ve met here in The Grand Valley?
A: Dale: Kenny Nesbit is someone I really admire. Everyone has their gifts and there are so many interesting people here.
Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world right now, where would it be? And why?
A: Paula: One of my absolute favorite places is London.
Dale: Absolutely no question it would be London.
Q: What is your favorite movie OR what is the first movie you remember seeing in a theatre?
A: Paula: One of my absolute favorite movies is Sabrina and also How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days. I love the happy ending chick flicks. I also love Overboard.
Q: What advice would you give a crowd of people?
A: Dale: Enjoy the moment and do it with gratitude and always see the cup half full.
Q: What is something on your bucket list?
A: Paula: One thing is I’d like to golf at St Andrews in Europe and I would love to ride in a helicopter.
Dale: I want to age gracefully. You can get so stuck in your ways and become so opinionated and it can be quite challenging, so it is a goal to always be helping others.
Q: What is your favorite music / 3 bands you would like to see (dead or alive)?
A: Dale: I would have loved to have seen The Beatles
Paula: Garth Brooks
Q: What current/former local business makes you the most nostalgic about The Grand Valley?
A: Dale: I think the whole downtown area because it has really stood the test of time.
Paula: Enstrom’s. I also hear others say Crossroads is such an iconic place and I think that’s great. Also, The Cabaret Dinner Theatre was a cool place.
Q: Choosing any non-relative: with whom would you love to have lunch? Why? Where in The Grand Valley would you have lunch?
A: Dale: Eleanor Roosevelt. She was so instrumental behind the scenes and so influential. I love her quote, “A problem ignored is a crisis invited.” I just think she would be such an interesting person to talk to. I would take her to No Coast of course!
Paula: Audrey Hepburn and I would take her to Dream Café and have a mimosa.
Q: What is your favorite thing or something unique about The Grand Valley?
A: Paula: People is number 1. I also love the weather here and it’s just home.
Dale: I love that there are such a variety of things to do – biking, hiking, going down the river, snow skiing, we are close by larger cities. We have our cake and can eat it too.
Q: Where do you see yourself in 5 or 10 years?
A: Paula: Hopefully a lot of the same things that we are doing now.
Q: What is something interesting that most people don’t know about you?
A: Dale (speaking about Paula): Paula has a very soft outer shell and sometimes people can misconstrue that as a pushover, but she is actually tough as nails.
Paula (speaking about Dale): I would say that people do not realize how hard Dale works.
Q: If you could be on any game show what would it be?
A: Paula: Wheel of Fortune
Dale: The Price Is Right or Family Feud
Q: What is your favorite hike or your favorite landmark in The Grand Valley?
A: Paula: I love to hike Lunch Loop and Mary’s Loop
Q: What is one or two of your favorite smells?
A: Paula: Fresh baked bread and coffee
Q: What 3 words or phrases come to mind when you think of the word HOME?
A: Dale: Safety and memories
Paula: Comfort, love and laughter
Q: What is your favorite holiday?
A: Paula: Easter
Q: If you were cast into a major motion picture and had your choice of anyone to be your co-star, who would you choose?
A: Dale: Nicolas Cage
Paula: Julia Roberts
Q: If you had a full-time staff member that was fully paid for, who would you choose & why?
Chef, Housekeeper, Driver, Coach, Physical Fitness Trainer or Nanny?
A: Paula: Housekeeper. I love to cook, but cleaning is a chore I could do without.
Dale: All of the above