Faribault County Fitness Center’s expansion is just what it needed
It won’t be too long now before members of the Faribault County Fitness Center will have a new place to exercise and lift weights.
And take a shower when they get done working out.
The new 70 foot by 70 foot addition on to the current fitness center building is rapidly taking shape.
“We have the walls and ceiling completed and they should be installing the floor material this week,” Fitness Center director Michele Hall says. “We should be moving the lockers into the new locker rooms next week.”
After that, she hopes all of the exercise and weight equipment currently upstairs will be moved to the newly constructed area in early March.
“We hope to get it all moved in a weekend, so as to not be too disruptive to our members,” she says. “But, we also hope everyone is patient as we make this move.”
The new addition will house the workout area, new locker rooms and a new office as well as serve as the main entrance to the facility.
However, Hall says the old entrance will have to be used until spring when steps and landscape can be installed to the new main doors.
After the move, the current locker room area will be transformed into a new personal training classroom and aerobics studio area.
“We still are not certain what we will do with the equipment room upstairs,” Hall says. “But, we will use it.”
Besides being up a long flight of steps, the old weight and exercise equipment area is too cramped, Hall says.
“People practically had sweat flinging on each other,” she says with a chuckle. “This will give us room to spread out and maybe add some equipment.”
The Faribault County Fitness Center was started in 1987 with insurance money after a fire destroyed a round barn at the fairgrounds. The city of Blue Earth later paid off the money loaned by the fair board.
“Originally, the main idea was people wanted a tennis court and racquet ball court, so we built that,” Hall says. “We have never had enough room for our weights and exercise equipment.”
Hall says there always was a plan to eventually expand the facility, if needed, by adding on either to the west or the south.
“But our new addition is actually on the east side,” she says with a laugh. “It just seemed to work out best going that direction.”
The fitness center director says there has been a dramatic increase in members at the facility, which has caused a problem with space.
The City Council agreed with the fitness center board and approved to fund the addition which will be paid for by the profits generated by the center.
“This was really needed,” Hall says. “And everyone is excited to see it get finished and be able to start to use it.”
And, that will be happening very soon.