The Arizona club utilized an empty courtyard to give members an additional space for their workouts. The area features a 10 ft.-by-20 ft. box to store equipment like medicine balls, battle ropes and TRX straps, along with an outdoor turf section.
(As featured in C+RB’s 14th Annual Ideas Issue, June 2020.)
With warm weather the majority of the year and a need for a larger exercise area for members, Paradise Valley (Ariz.) Country Club (PVCC) created a 1,500-sq. ft. outdoor fitness studio in an empty courtyard to give members an additional space for their workouts.
Alex Bearden, PVCC’s General Manager, says the club orginally looked for a way to update its indoor fitness center, but an expansion was proving to be too expensive.
Then while attending a fitness conference, Christine Curtis, PVCC’s Director of Fitness, saw the idea of installing a modular outdoor fitness studio. “It was a perfect fit,” says Bearden, especially because the club had an outdoor area behind the fitness center that had never been fully utilized. Originally used as a parking area, it then became the spot for tire-flipping exercises.
The club’s fitness committee designed a plan to turn the space into an Aire Fitness® Outdoor Studio, which opened on September 1, 2019. The area features a 10 ft.-by-20 ft. box to store equipment like medicine balls, battle ropes and TRX straps, along with an outdoor turf section.
Different programs, like boot-camp workouts and circuit classes, are held in the space and personal training is also available. The area is open until 10 p.m., year-round.
“You can’t beat working out with the beautiful mountain views and fresh air,” says Bearden.
The Goal: Expand fitness center space at Paradise Valley Country Club.
The Plan: Utilize an unused space on the grounds to create an outdoor fitness studio for members.
The Payoff: The new studio provides more room for members to work out while taking advantage of the Arizona weather.