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)