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LA Fitness Ready To Pump You Up In Stratford

Staff and town officials cut the ribbon at the new LA Fitness in Stratford.
Staff and town officials cut the ribbon at the new LA Fitness in Stratford. Photo Credit: Meredith Guinness

STRATFORD, Conn. — It’s been a good two years in the making, but Stratford officials marked the opening of the LA Fitness on Barnum Avenue Cutoff with a ribbon-cutting Wednesday, touting the massive facility’s many attributes.

“It offers a lot of things that other gyms in town don’t,” said Economic Development Supervisor Amy Knorr, who helped shepherd the project along.

The 50,000-square-foot space, formerly the Regal Cinemas Stadium 14, houses a three-lane swimming pool, cardio and aerobics space, a cycling room, racquetball courts, a sauna and whirlpool, and a regulation-size basketball court and more.

“It also offers a lot in tax revenue,” said Karen Kaiser, the town’s director of economic development.

The public is invited to the club’s official grand opening Saturday, Feb. 20, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Visitors may take a tour or try a free Zumba class and complimentary healthy snacks. There will be balloons and face painting for the kids and a grand prize giveaway of an iPad.

General Manager Marvin Michel said the site employs about 30 staffers — and most of them are full-time workers.

Michel, who previously oversaw an LA Fitness in Springfield, Mass., said the space will offer a full range of classes, including aqua fit, aerobics, Zumba, mat Pilates, cycle zone, body works, yoga, kickboxing and conditioning.

“We also have a daycare, which a lot of gyms don’t have,” he said.

Mayor John Harkins and Mary Dean, executive director of the Stratford Chamber of Commerce, were also on hand for the ribbon-cutting.

“This is a great space,” Dean said.

LA Fitness is located at 411 Barnum Avenue Cutoff. It is open Mondays through Thursdays from 5 a.m. to 11 p.m., Fridays from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

For more information on classes and the schedule for the grand opening celebration, call 203-212-5491.

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