David Claxton, president of the Lodi Downtown Business Alliance who owns French at Heart Home and Garden with his wife, Kay, was shocked when he heard in September that Twin Arbors Athletic Club planned to close their three Lodi facilities on Nov. 30.
“This place is an institution in Lodi,” David said on Friday from the club on 1900 S. Hutchins St., where he had been a member for almost 20 years. “It’s been here for over 40 years, multiple generations of families have raised their kids here.”
David purchased the gym from Spare Time, Twin Arbor’s parent company, in late October, he said, although he will not officially take over until Dec. 1.
“Our anniversary was Sunday,” Kay said on Friday. “I told him he could have just bought me a gym membership (as a gift), he didn’t have to buy the entire gym.”
“When I had the opportunity to buy this facility, my short-term goal was to make sure it stays open,” David said. “My long-term goals include extensive upgrades and renovations over a period of time so that we don’t have to close the facility at any time.”
The upgrades include replastering the indoor and outdoor pools and the spas in the men’s and women’s locker rooms, along with installing new floors and updating the locker rooms themselves.
Other improvements include painting the interior and exterior of the building with warmer colors, and enhancing the lounge area to provide more social opportunities for members.
“We have a lot of seniors who come here just to see their friends, and we want to provide a nice, warm atmosphere for that,” David said.
The Claxtons also plan to install trellises along the exterior wall overlooking the outdoor pool to provide shade, as well as adding landscaping to the pool area and entrance to create what Kay calls a “green, earthy vibe,” as guests arrive.
“We’re trying to create a sense of peacefulness,” Kay said. “For that one hour of your workout time, we want you to feel at peace.”
David and Kay plan to keep the Twin Arbors name, he said, along with all of the amenities the club currently offers such as racquetball courts, an indoor basketball court, a group exercise space, Karate dojo, free weights and weight machines as well as a space for small group exercise classes, which David said they plan to expand.
A new mind and body center will occupy one of the rooms upstairs, David said, and will be used for yoga, pilates and barre classes as well as wellness programs such as lectures on health and nutrition.
The club’s second floor will also be home to a new cyber cafe for children ages 7 to 14 while their parents exercise.
“What we’re going after is an experience that will set us apart from the other clubs in town,” David said.
Kay said they also plan to launch new Facebook and Instagram pages, along with a website and blog where the club’s department heads can post updates.
“We also hope to find a mobile app, so that people can join the club and sign up for classes right from their phones,” Kay said.
All existing memberships will be honored when the Claxtons take over in December, David said, and they plan to base their pricing for new memberships on the club’s current rates.
“We appreciate all of our members, and a lot of them are friends,” David said.
“We’re running this as a mom-and-pop business,” Kay said. “We’re not just in this to make a profit.”
The club on South Hutchins Street was not the only club that was purchased by local business owners.
Last month, Joel Flynn and Carl Hultgren, co-owners of Pure Form PFT Lodi on 700 E. Pine St., purchased Fitness Works on 419 W. Lockeford St. from Spare Time, Twin Arbors’ parent company.
Although they will not officially take over until Dec. 1, Pure Form will offer their high-intensity interval training classes in addition to Fitness Works’ more traditional gym services, Flynn said, and they plan to be up and running by January 2019.
“All of the current free weights, machines and cardio equipment as well as daycare and the teen center (will remain at the facility),” Flynn and Hultgren said in a Friday press release. “We are delighted in saying that most of the staff and group exercise classes and instructors will be staying to continue to provide you with a variety of top level fitness training.”
Those who sign up for a 12-month Pure Form membership in November will receive a $10 discount on their membership rates, as well as free membership for the rest of 2018.
Current Fitness Works and Twin Arbors members can also access Pure Form group training sessions at their East Pine Street facility for free throughout November.
For more information or to join Pure Form, call 209-373-8303 or visit www.pureformpft.com.