Upscale gym Spark opens in downtown Austin

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Spark, an upscale fitness center, has opened near Cesar Chavez and Lamar Boulevard.

A new upscale fitness club with everything from a tricked-out spinning room to its own full-service bar has opened in downtown Austin.

Spark Fitness Club, at 111 Sandra Muraida Way, features a spinning room with high-end Body Bikes and a lighting and sound system. It also has private parking for members, eucalyptus steam rooms and an onsite coffee, smoothie and full-service bar called “Black Dog Bar.” (The bar hasn’t quite opened yet, but is set to open its doors in October.)

The 14,000-square-foot facility is located next to the new Luxury Gables Park Tower building and Luke’s Locker, near Lamar Boulevard and Lady Bird Lake. It offers specialized groups called Team Weight Loss, Team Performance and Team Elite, plus an array of fitness classes.

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Owner Dan Yudin co-founded what is now Pure Austin in 2000. He sold his interest in that gym in 2007.

“With Spark I wanted to create an upscale and inspirational environment where people could accomplish their fitness goals that also included a social setting that makes Spark more than a gym,” Yudin said in a press release. “It is a downtown destination.”

The press release even noted that Brad Womack from the reality show “The Bachelor” has even dropped by for a visit. Seriously.


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