Working Out

awileman@sierrastar.comJanuary 7, 2014 

Treadmills and ellipticals were in full swing as the new Form Fitness of Oakhurst opened it's doors for the first time Thursday, Jan. 2, during the grand opening of the newly built fitness center.

In order to be ready for the ribbon cutting ceremony, business partners and co-owners, along with work crews from all over, worked overtime and throughout the holidays to finish painting and putting the final touches on the newly designed state-of-the-art facility.

All the hard work proved to be worth it as the ribbon cutting ceremony took place at noon on Jan. 2, and included family members, workers, and chamber of commerce members who all came to show their support for the Mountain Area's newest business.

The building which used to house Gottchalks and is located in the Raley's shopping center adjacent to Bank of America is now home to some of the world's most modern and advanced workout machines and exercise arenas. Everywhere you look throughout the gym are Matrix variable resistants machines of all kinds, treadmills and free-weights for all different skill levels.

Mike Kabat, a new customer at Form Fitness, says he was excited about getting to know the gym and felt they had everything he would need to keep himself in-shape throughout the year.

"I was looking forward to using the new equipment...this is my first time here so I am just getting a feel for it, but it should help to keep my daily and weekly routine up," Kabat said.

The gym houses more than 30 treadmills, 30 ellipticals, multiple bench weights, and numerous activities to make working out more enjoyable.

Memberships are easy and the experienced staff makes it comfortable to look inside and see what the gym has to offer.

Following an initial $195 sign-up fee memberships are $59.99 a month and include access to all their workout programs and access to their sister gym in Palo Alto.

Co-owner of Form Fitness and local contractor Ty Loveland said he is ecstatic and emotional about opening and says the real heroes are the contractors who came together and sacrificed through the holidays to make the opening day a possibility.

"It says a lot about the sub-contractors who gave up their holidays and spent time away from their families to make this happen ... we were really touched by how unselfish they were and they did whatever it took to honor their contract and make reaching our deadline a possibility," Ty said. "Without them this would not have been possible."

Co-owner Sassan Golafshan, a veteran in the fitness industry, has designed and built multiple fitness centers on a consulting basis including a Form Fitness in Palo Alto, which opened 10 years ago, and says he looks forward to Form Fitness in Oakhurst sharing the same success.

"It's amazing to see such a great deal of hunger from the community. I don't think people knew how much of a demand there was....people are driving from O'neals thanking us, saying they were tired of driving to Fresno, "Golafshan said.

Ty's wife and co-owner of Form Fitness, Tammy Loveland, said she is amazed at the turnout and commitment from the Mountain Area in regards to making it all possible.

"We have had phenomenal support from our mountain community," Tammy said. "All the local subcontractors that helped us meet our opening deadline as well as all our new members who have be so appreciative and supportive of us bringing this positive environment to our community...we are pleased and grateful for this opportunity."

According to Golfashan, the newly opened gym has already hosted a spin class and will be installing the finishing touches on the basketball gym and volleyball by February.

"Hopefully the basketball and volleyball gym can give people in the Mountain Area an opportunity to stay active in a sport they love," Golfashan said.

For those who have children, Form Fitness offers a child care center where certified staff will be on hand to watch, entertain and monitor the little ones as you experience what some are calling the best gym in the Central Valley.

Form Fitness also plans to have a blog up and running soon after the grand opening and will have a blog writer spotlighting all the employees, new additions and informing people of upcoming specials and leagues.

Hours of operations will be 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday, 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. and will be open from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. on the weekends.

Details: (559) 683-5545 or formfitness.net/oakhurst

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