High-End Health Spark Fitness Club Prepares to Open in Austin in Coveted Gables Park Tower Location

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Spark Fitness Club is a one-of-a-kind fitness concept that incorporates personalized fitness within a high-end club. A social component is added with the Black Dog Coffee Bar, a full service cafe and bar for the post-workout social opportunity unique to Spark Fitness Club.

Spark Fitness Club, http://www.sparkfitnessaustin.com, is opening May 2014 in downtown Austin at 111 Sandra Muraida Way. 250 Charter memberships will be offered beginning Friday, January 17th. The locally owned and operated Gym will be located in the new Gables Park Tower building next door to the Sealholm District. Spark Fitness Club will provide a premier location with unparalleled architecture, oversized locker rooms, outside-of-the-box group classes, and a personal training program unique to Austin. Seasoned athletes as well as those just starting out will be able to experience unique training programs that will offer an exciting and affordable alternative to traditional 1x1 training.

Darin Botelho, Vice President, Commercial Real Estate for Gables Urban, stated, “We are excited about the opening of Spark Fitness Club in our new mixed-use luxury building, Gables Park Tower. Spark Fitness Club is the perfect match for our resident-base as it brings a unique offering to the market with the highest level of customer service.”

Spark Fitness Club will offer a grab and go snack bar in addition to the Black Dog Coffee Bar which will offer fresh made to order juices, smoothies, coffee drinks and a full bar for those interested in socializing following a good workout or at any time. The Black Dog Coffee Bar will be located on a full size patio overlooking Lady Bird Lake.

Owner Dan Yudin believes that Austin “needed an inspirational environment in which people could accomplish their goals which included both a fitness and social setting." Dan’s fitness trek began in 2000 when, along with his business partner, he created Powerhouse Gym, at 5th and Lamar. After opening its doors in 2000, it was recognized with several prestigious awards including one of the top 10 fitness centers in the country along with several local awards including best gym in both Austin and in Texas. At the time, there were 350 Powerhouse Gyms in the world.

The name Powerhouse Gym was soon replaced with a new name that people would recognize as a home grown Austin Business, Pure Austin Fitness. Pure Austin Fitness also received several local and state awards along with editorial coverage in the Wall Street Journal and in Continental Airlines In-Flight magazine. It became known as “the gym” in Austin. In 2004, the second location for Pure Austin fitness was born in North Austin. In 2007, Dan sold his interest in Pure Austin. Now, Spark Fitness Club has emerged as Dan’s latest fitness venture.

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