Here’s what’s new – and coming soon – at Westwood Fitness & Sports Center in Sterling – Shaw Local
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STERLING – The Westwood Fitness & Sports Center has undergone many changes and grown tremendously in its more than 25 year history.
Over the past two years – and especially this year – that development has continued as Sterling’s preeminent sports complex has unveiled a range of new amenities, areas and services for its members.
Westwood manager Kel Bond says he and his staff are constantly looking for ways to maximize the space they have and expand their member offerings. This avant-garde mindset is behind the recent series of renovations.
” Many changes. Lots of space here that we got smart with,” he said. “Moving and adjusting what we had, and just using and losing some of the dead space because it was all there. Just use it in a way that has benefited us.
“We try to be more of a full-service fitness center compared to the typical fitness center, which comes in and shifts weight or runs on treadmills. We add a whole other dynamic, knowing the idea of wellness versus fitness.
The wellness center is its largest project in development, costing an estimated $300,000 and slated to open Nov. 14.
The revamped space will house many new services, machines and equipment including infrared saunas, compression therapy, standing tanning beds, spray tanning, zero gravity chairs, hydromassage chairs and a cryogenic chamber .
One of the five infrared saunas will have salt therapy, and red light therapy will also be available.
“We took our machines and brought them back to the spacing we had before we spread it all out when COVID first hit,” Bond said. “We went back to where our usual spacing was, and with the space there and some other changes that we’ve had, it’s freed up about 1,000 square feet right here in that space, and that’s what we are renovating now with the wellness area plus a few other areas that we kind of tore up and took out was space in there that we then moved to other areas of the building.
A Grand Opening Ceremony of the Wellness Center will take place at noon on November 14, barring any delays.
The occasion will open with a ribbon cutting, with tours of the area, giveaways, merchandise for sale and possibly demonstrations of the different areas to follow.
A few of Westwood’s 2022 projects have already been completed, many of which took place in Building 1. The weight area and children’s gym are two parts of the facility that were recently expanded. Westwood also just added what it calls the “HIIT house” for high-intensity interval training.
This area, which was redeveloped from a former racquetball court, is already much more used than before.
“We cut into the wall here, so the entrance to the racquetball court was there. The turnout for racquetball and wallyball was much lower than it was years ago,” Bond said. We still have three courts I don’t know if we needed a fourth court so we ended up converting it to this one And overall usage we’re getting 100 times more than when it was a racquetball court.
The HIIT House is packed with all-new equipment, including a large overhead rail that suspends various types of punching bags, and slides and locks to move them wherever you want. The back wall features a set of mirrors that run the length of it, giving gym-goers a way to watch their moves as they work out.
On Monday, the sports complex also opened Westwood Smoothie Company, a new juice and smoothie bar. This area, which is just inside the main entrance to Building 1 on the left, features a brand new menu. By using real fruit ingredients and allergy-sensitive recipes, he hopes to provide better, healthier options for visitors. Later, the smoothie bar will expand its concession offering and add a lunch menu.
Another redeveloped area in Building 1 is the Westwood Wellness Annex, which will house a few different services.
“Right after our office, we added a space. It was kind of a dead space before where we used it as storage, and we missed senior fitness classes from there,” Bond said. “We converted this space and added walls, and brought in a chiropractor. So he has the space he uses. Dana Dietz brings Pro Strength Muscle Therapy, so a massage therapist who also does nutrition consultations and things related to fitness. …And then we have another room in the works with another tenant for some space in there who also does similar things. Nothing official on that side, but the paperwork kind of started there too.
Westwood also plans to expand its food offerings at the Building 1 Indoor Runway Concession Stand, Building 3 Concession Stand and Emerald Hill Golf Course Concession Stand.
Along with the renovations, there are plans to expand and improve course offerings.
A cardio kick-boxing class and a few classes for young people are currently being prepared. Westwood also wants to revamp some of its ninja-style and obstacle course classes.
Even after the wellness center is finished, the planning and projects will continue.
“Always little ideas of what we could bring in and what we could add, equipment that we don’t have,” Bond said. “One of the most important things I try to do is find out what we don’t have, what we have room for, and then what our members might want, or don’t know. maybe not they want until they see it and they want to try it We could bring more treadmills and more weight machines but do we need the same or can we bring something a little different? A few different ideas of things we can do with our grass area here, maybe a few projects there.
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