Nonprofit Gym Helps Low-Income Residents Get Fit Boston facility sells low-cost memberships in poor neighborhood By Nick McMaster, Newser Staff Posted Jun 17, 2010 5:21 PM CDT 11 comments Comments A file photo of a personal trainer. (AP Photo/Sang Tan) (Newser) – One Boston fitness center believes that wealth shouldn't keep people from experiencing the benefits of exercise: Healthworks operates a nonprofit women-only gym in a low-income neighborhood. Residents are excited to be able to afford gym memberships, which are based on income and max out at $30 month. Some, like Tamica Toney, have used frequent visits to return from obesity to a healthy weight. "I was 252 pounds," Tamica tells NPR. "Now I am a total of 170 even." "In middle-income communities, there's somehow an expectation that you're going to have access to gyms," one of the gym's organizers says. "When you're in a low-income community, that stuff doesn't exist."