Retro Fitness opens first Texas location in Austin

Retro Fitness has opened its first Texas location - on U.S. Highway 183 near Anderson Mill Road. Photo by Olympia Sobande
Retro Fitness has opened its first Texas location – on U.S. Highway 183 near Anderson Mill Road. Photo by Olympia Sobande

 

A new gym in northwest Austin offers standard stuff like circuit training and group fitness classes. But members of the 15,585-foot facility can do something most gym goers can’t – they can watch movies in a small theater while they log a workout.

Sound like your kind of place?

Diane and Todd Douglas opened the first Texas location of Retro Fitness, a low-cost fitness studio, at the southwest corner of Anderson Mill Road and U.S. Highway 183 on New Year’s Eve. The chain operates more than 140 locations, most of them in New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania.

Members get access to cardio machines, circuit weight machines (including machines with flat-screen TVs and iPod hookups), certified personal trainers and group classes in spin, Zumba, kickboxing, yoga and more. The gym is equipped with locker rooms, a supervised children’s playroom, a pro-shop and a smoothie bar. (It also has its own tanning facility, which is a bad idea according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.)

Author: Pam LeBlanc

Pam LeBlanc writes about fitness and travel for the Austin American-Statesman. She has worked for the Statesman since 1998 and written her weekly fitness column, Fit City, since 2004.

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