Why 24?

price + staff + free perks + NO hidden fees
24 is the midwest’s fastest growing 24 hour fitness facility. Why? Because it’s convenient, affordable, clean,professional and we have no hidden fees.
Matt Baumann

Hello, my name is Matt Baumann and I am the Co-Owner of 24.

I have lived around the Carthage area my entire life, I attended high school there, and got my bachelor’s degree from Missouri Southern State University. I started 24 because I have a passion for working out and being healthy. I love the feeling of accomplishment you get after a great workout or cardio session and I am continually striving to improve myself. I was overweight as a child and struggled on my fitness journey for many years. I have made every mistake I can think of when it comes to learning and understanding exercise and nutrition, so I know where new members are coming from when they join and I try to help them understand the lifestyle. Because to be effective, fitness must be considered a lifestyle and I want to provide a place that can help others transition into that lifestyle and improve their overall health. This is my true passion and I am excited to dedicate my life to helping others discover their new lifestyle.

Mat Ball
Hi, my name is Mathew Ball and I am co-owner of 24 Twenyfour/Elite 24hr Gym.

I grew up in Southwest Missouri, I attended high school in Carthage, and I graduated from Lighthouse Christian Academy. With my love of sports and competition, I’ve always shared a love for fitness, but it wasn’t until later in life that I truly fell in love with it and discovered a passion for helping others to achieve their goals. In January of 2011 I went under the knife for a multi-level spinal fusion due to an injury that I had suffered while farming. My weight climbed to 389lbs and I was at well over 50% body fat after surgery due to depression, bad eating habits, and not being able to work hard and be active on the farm like I had before. I then decided to make a change for my family. I went up to 24 in Carthage and became a member. I continued my rehab on my own and started dieting, making all the mistakes one can. Name a diet and I’ve probably tried it. Though I am still not perfect, nor where I want to be, I am striving daily to be better and am under 300lbs with about 25% body fat. I fell in love with this gym and its members and over time I decided this was the “thing” that I wanted to spend my days doing. Long story short-er lol, I left farming and pursued the gym business, as it happens, I landed in a partnership in 24 by opening the first Joplin location, since then, we have expanded even further, landing us where we are now. I love what I do and what we stand for: Honest fair prices, clean facilities, multiple locations, 24-hour access, free tanning, and a getaway for the everyday person looking to change something about themselves.