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YouFit in Scottsdale, Photo: YouFit Health Clubs

YouFit opens 10th club in the Valley

One of America’s fastest-growing fitness companies has just opened its 10th club in the Valley of the Sun.

Youfit Health Clubs already has 69 clubs around the country, and is now opening new ones at the rate of three a month. Youfit’s newest club in the Valley of the Sun has just opened at 10654 N. 32nd St. (Paradise Hills Shopping Center) in Phoenix. And the company’s scouting for more locations.

Youfit operates on a business model that’s unusual in the tradition-bound fitness industry. Its clubs are not geared toward bodybuilders or ‘gym rats’ or singles scenes…but, instead, toward the average person who just wants to stay in shape. There are no long-term contracts; you pay month-to-month. There are no salespeople, so there’s no one pressuring you to join. And the price is probably the lowest you’ll ever see for a first-class club.

“And we believe we have the greenest clubs in America,” says President/Founder Rick Berks, a successful entrepreneur. “For example, when you walk in, you’ll be walking on floors made of recycled tires or Nike ‘grind’ – recycled sneakers! And the heating/cooling, water, and power systems are all green. It costs us more to do it this way, but we believe strongly in being good community citizens.”

The atmosphere at Youfit Health Clubs is inviting, rather than intimidating. Here, “you” can “fit” in, without feeling uncomfortable, and without dealing with pushy salespeople. And most people notice the difference the moment they walk in.

“Believe it or not, I’ve actually had people tell me they’d have to get in shape before walking into a health club,” Berks says. “But we’re building clubs for people who don’t want to deal with the trauma and drama of the usual health club.”

Chandler-Gilbert Community College Coyote Center

Sundt Construction Breaks Ground on CGCC Campus

Construction is underway on a new student services and athletics facility at Chandler-Gilbert Community College’s Pecos Campus that will serve as a gathering place for the community, Sundt Construction announced Monday.

Sundt was hired as the construction manager at risk (CMAR) for the $21M project, which includes a new two-story multi-purpose building, upgraded sidewalks, landscaping, concrete benches and parking lot renovations. The 70,000 SF building will include a “one-stop” student services area, a 2,500-seat arena surrounding a 10,000 SF gymnasium, fitness center, athletic offices and locker rooms, classrooms and testing facilities, administration offices and conference rooms.

“This project is not only significant for the students and faculty of Chandler-Gilbert Community College but also for the community as a whole,” said Sundt Project Manager Chris Tinney. “With the large amount of space in the arena, the community will have a place to come together for special events and athletic competitions. It will serve as the front door to the college, in terms of location, appearance and function.”

The Coyote Center’s innovative design, which includes raised access flooring and movable partitions, will allow the college to adjust its space to the rapidly changing technology associated with higher education. Other features include taping and treatment areas with hydrotherapy and an expansive performance area, featuring a four-lane, 60-meter sprint track and other turf areas for outdoor training.

The Pecos Campus is located at 2626 E. Pecos Rd. in Chandler.