When we walked into the lobby, we weren’t quite sure what to make of The Fitness Loft because they share a space with with one of our favorite healthy snack spots, Alchemy. We went up to the front desk and checked in to our class (Body Pump, more on that in a bit). We were told to head upstairs, and that the classroom was on the third floor. When we reached the top of the stairs, the space opened up and we got our first taste of why The Fitness Loft is such a well-regarded space in its neighborhood.
The main floor of The Fitness Loft is where most of the equipment can be found. Everything from traditional free weights, machines and treadmills were there, along with some unique pieces like heavy ropes that allow even the experienced gym-goer to tailor whatever kind of workout they are looking for to their specific needs.
What really surprised us about the space is that, for a not-too-early Saturday morning, the space wasn’t too crowded and you could use any piece of equipment without having to worry about running into somebody trying to pick up a weight. With there being 25,000 square feet of usable space in The Fitness Loft, it’s plenty easy to find a spot, no matter what time of day, and use it for whatever you need.
We moved past the main floor and headed upstairs, where there are two large spaces for classrooms along with a loft area with some treadmills that allowed you to look over most of the main floor. We went in to our designated room and got ready for Body Pump.
This was our first time doing Body Pump, and rest assured, the class was every bit as hard as any Crossfit or strength building class we’ve taken. Everyone found some space and got a combination of light free weights, workout bar, and step bench. As we worked through the sixty minute class, we focused on every part of the body. None of the exercises alone were very hard, but strung together, we were drenched with sweat and felt completely justified getting a healthy smoothie from Alchemy when we left.
The Fitness Loft, in addition to their expansive huge and super clean gym full of treadmills and other equipment, has a ton of classes other than Body Pump, ranging from Zumba to Yoga. The Fitness Loft is located at the corner of Parsons Ave. and Livingston Ave. For more information on classes or becoming a member, visit The Fitness Loft website.
Ryan and Kelly of Sweat Local Columbus