The Athletic Loft has been a big hit for fitness enthusiasts around town since opening Jan. 6, 2012 by Dr. Kirk DePriest.
It is tucked away back in the corner of the Hastings Shopping Center parking lot, but its seclusion has no effect on the number of people that call it their second home.
The Loft is more than just a gym.
To its many members, it has become a way of life. In addition to the 24-hour access gym, it offers Zumba classes with instructor Anne Mendoza and cardio circuit classes with instructor Tyna Foraker. Each class has a trial that people can attend. They use high-quality Cybex workout machines packed into a clean 15,000-square-foot facility. There are enough weight and cardio machines that one should never have to wait in line, and if that is not quite what he or she is seeking, there is a large selection of free weights as well.
Although the weights and cardio machines account for some of the memberships, one of the biggest hits is the aerobics studio where the classes are taught. It boasts wall-to-wall sports wood flooring that keeps the studio looking modern and fresh, with mirrors around the room so that patrons can watch themselves and make sure they are following along correctly. They have four private tanning rooms with new beds and a personal radio built into the room. There is nothing at all basic about this gym.
A normal membership runs $35 per month, but right now they have a $15-per-month special for an annual sign-up commitment, but it is a special that will only run until the end of June.
Memberships include 24-hour access to the gym, all-inclusive access to the classes and access to the tanning beds. They offer discounted rates to police, firefighters, military personnel, students and others. Their goal is making the gym affordable to everyone.
They are against any intimidation. They like the gym to be a place where everyone can come and feel at home without worrying about shaming or competition. In fact, if one becomes uncomfortable, they have a private fitness studio upon request that allows a person to escape the pressures of the gym and relax while he or she works out.
“The gym is great,” Fernando Jones said. “The staff is great and the gym is wonderful for me because it’s not so packed that I can’t go in there and do what I need to do in a timely manner.”
That is the feeling for most of the gym’s members. To inquire about the gym or to take a free tour and try out some of the machines, stop by the Loft between the hours of 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday or from 6:30-7:30 p.m. on the same days. Fridays office hours are 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Saturdays from 10:30-11:30 a.m.
For more information, visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/Athleticloftofaltus or call 580-301-7265 for more information.
Reach Ryan Lewis at 580-482-1221, ext. 2076.