It's quite a view from the Elliptical Machine!

Ready, Set, Sweat!

Do you want to start a new workout program, but aren’t sure if the gym is for you? Don’t worry, it is! Ouray is filled with amazing athletes, and it can feel intimidating to be on the treadmill next to one of them. But local extreme sports athletes had to start somewhere too. We’re lucky to have them here to inspire us.


TreadwallThe Ouray Fitness Center is a welcoming community of people who have very different reasons why they work out and how they do it. Our members and visitors share the space respectfully, and some are willing to offer a tip or two if you have questions about the equipment. In my experience, the hardest part is getting started. Here are some suggestions:


  • Talk to your health care provider. It’s a good idea to check in with a health professional before starting a new exercise plan.
  • Take a tour. Check out your options at the Fitness Center. We have a climbing wall, cardio equipment, free weights, and much more!
  • Do some research. Visit sites like to find information on how to find your target heart rate, different types of gym equipment, and recommended stretches. The Ouray and Ridgway libraries have several informative books on improving your health.
  • Set your goal…..realistically. Set yourself up for success by choosing a goal that you are confident you can achieve.
  • Find a workout buddy. Having a friend, family member, or coworker there with you can help you feel less intimidated and have more fun.
  • Start gently. The first day in the gym can be exciting and it’s easy to overdo it. But overdoing it could result in several days of feeling incredibly sore or even an injury.
  • Keep track. Jot down what you were able to do during your first workout. You can choose to track every workout, or just notice what you are able to do after one week, one month, etc. The difference will help motivate you to keep doing your best.
  • Celebrate every success! The only person you need to compete with is yourself. Celebrate each time you are able to improve and challenge yourself to keep it up.


The Ouray Fitness Center is waiting for you!


Article written by Nicole Gans (Lead Cashier)

It's quite a view from the Elliptical Machine!

Fitness Center Open House

On the weekend of November 4th-5th, we hosted an open house at the fitness center. We decided to hold it the weekend of the fall time change and encouraged folks to “fall back” into healthy habits (couldn’t pass up an opportunity to make a pun). Staff gathered both nights to offer healthy snacks, information on the history of the pool, and demonstrate how to properly use the gym equipment. We also asked attendees to fill out a satisfaction survey, and had a free drawing for a gym membership and gift certificates at Ouray Mountain Sports.

The survey results were gratifying — the majority of members rated our cleanliness as ‘good’ or ‘excellent.’ We received positive feedback regarding our low prices and the types of equipment we offer. Survey respondents said, “I love the quality and affordability of the facility” and “great thing to have in town!”

Several survey respondents suggested that we should offer programs – classes on nutrition, yoga, age-specific strength training, and more. Others are looking for opportunities to develop exercise buddies – either through walking/hiking groups, competitions, and theme nights (does anyone remember how to jazzercise?). We appreciate the suggestions for new equipment to purchase, as well as the request for a designated space for stretching. While the Hot Springs Pool Renovation Project is a top priority, we want to continue to offer a modern, clean, and affordable space for people to work out.

The time change gave us an “extra” hour (and much shorter evenings) and we encourage members and non-members alike to use that hour for exercise! As it gets colder (and darker), the fitness center is a great spot to work out comfortably. And the health benefits aren’t just physical – exercise can help improve your mood, which is especially important as we have less sunlight at this time of year. We offer cardio and strength training equipment, as well as a “Treadwall.” At the beginning of this month, we now offer a six-month “Renovation Gym Pass.” It costs $100 and will be valid through May 26, 2017. The fitness center is open to members with key cards (an additional $5 fee when purchasing a Renovation Gym Pass) from 5am until 9pm, and from 10am until 6pm for folks who want to purchase a day pass.

Lifeguard Jeramy Harthan discusses different ways to stay active while the pool is closed.

Staff and gym members discuss different ways to stay active while the pool is closed.

Article Written By Nicole Gans (Lead Cashier)