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LA Fitness Opening at Towson Commons

Construction has started for the 52,700 square foot facility.

American health club chain LA Fitness is opening a location at Towson Commons, at the corner of York Road and Pennsylvania Avenue. 

"Towson Commons is the geographic center of downtown Towson," Councilman David Marks said in a news release. "This announcement not only redevelops a critical area of the commercial core, but it also means that revitalization is spreading to every part of downtown Towson."

Construction is already underway for the two-level, 52,700-square-foot facility, which will include the addition of windows on the side of Towson Commons facing York Road and a staircase with glass rails, said Fronda Cohen, a county spokeswoman. The opening date for the fitness center was not immediately known.

The location will feature basketball and racquet ball courts, a spin area with stadium levels, an indoor heated lap pool, whirlpool spa and saunas, personal trainers, and babysitting options, according to the release. Group fitness classes will include yoga, cycling, mat pilates, kickbox cardio and aqua aerobics.

County Executive Kevin Kamenetz touted LA Fitness as the latest addition to development efforts in downtown Towson, which also includes the Towson Square entertainment center, the construction of more than 1,500 luxury apartment over the last four years and new businesses coming to the Towson City Center.

"It's truly Towson's Time. We are thrilled that LA Fitness is bringing new energy back to Towson Commons," Kamenetz said in the release. "This is a great location in the heart of downtown Towson, convenient for workers, students and residents."

Bally Total Fitness, which was acquired by LA Fitness in 2011, had a location nearby at 1 E. Joppa Road that closed late February.

JDStuts March 29, 2013 at 08:07 PM
Commercial health clubs need about 10 times as many members as their facilities can handle, so designing them for athletes, or even aspiring athletes, makes no sense. Fitness fanatics work out too much, making every potential new member think, Nah, this place looks too crowded for me. The winning marketing strategy, according to Recreation Management Magazine, a health club–industry trade rag, focuses strictly on luring in the “out-of-shape public,” meaning all of those people whose doctors have told them, “About 20 minutes three times a week,” who won’t come often if ever, and who definitely won’t join unless everything looks easy, available, and safe. The entire gym, from soup to nuts, has been designed around getting suckers to sign up, and then getting them mildly, vaguely exercised every once in a long while, and then getting them out the door. http://www.mensjournal.com/magazine/everything-you-know-about-fitness-is-a-lie-20120504?page=2
david divad March 29, 2013 at 10:48 PM
David Marks needs a speechwriter, "This announcement not only redevelops a critical area of the commercial core, but it also means that revitalization is spreading to every part of downtown Towson." It's as if he thinks the announcement, and not the actual new facility, is responsible for redevelopment. When I was done laughing, I tried to figure out the second part. I'm still confused. Even though this facility is in the "geographic center" of Towson, it is somehow remarkably magically responsible for revitalizing "every part of downtown Towson." It's good that both LA Fitness and David Marks get a free commercial.....
LalainMaryland March 30, 2013 at 11:07 AM
With the growing obesity epidemic in America it is wonderful that a well known fitness chain is helping to redevelop a failing commercial site in Towson. The business will bring in new customers and consumers. As far as David Marks needing a speechwriter: wouldn't that be more government spending? Kudos to the councilman for doing his own work. Grammar aside, he's doing his job well. And this article is also a commercial for Kamenetz if you follow the argument mentioned by dd. Let's be fair and thank everyone! Thanks LA Fitness! Thanks David Marks! Thanks Kevin Kamenetz! This is a win win win for Towson.
D Schmid March 30, 2013 at 12:01 PM
I cancelled my membership in January after LA Fitness closed in the Towson Circle building that houses Barnes & Nobel and Trader Joes because the only option I had was to use their club in White Marsh. I joined the Towson club because I could walk there in less than 10 minutes. I hope they allow me to rejoin without paying a joining fee, etc. Why didn't they tell people they were building a new gym in the area? I smell a rat.
Workout Guy March 30, 2013 at 04:09 PM
Point of order. Bally sold a large number of clubs to LA Fitness, but is still operating on its own in NY, NJ, CO and CA.
Fishhooks March 31, 2013 at 01:23 AM
Yeah, they are underhanded. They suddenly left many, many of us high and dry ...hiding their true plans! I'm done with them for keeps!
D Schmid April 01, 2013 at 07:35 PM
Yesterday I went to the LA Fitness website and was able to reinstate my membership at the same price I was paying when I cancelled. When the MAC in Timonium first opened I was given the opportunity to be a life member at $35.00 but I thought it was too expensive. I'm still kicking myself.
D Schmid April 01, 2013 at 07:44 PM
When LA took over from Bally, everyone had to sign new contracts. I'm wondering if there is something in the contract that would prevent me from using the new club. I'd better get out my magnifying glass and read the small print. I still smell a rat.
RTBalt April 01, 2013 at 09:10 PM
I didn't have to switch contracts (i.e. from Bally's to LA Fitness); mine was grandfathered. I didn't cancel when Towson Circle closed; after reading this I'm glad I kept the membership.
D Schmid April 01, 2013 at 10:32 PM
I read the fine print on the contract. Under Membership types: Note: If you are an existing Bally member with a "local" Bally membership or "National" Bally membership, that membership will be honored to provide you with access to the acquired Bally club locations and the LA Fitness in your state of enrollment (for "local") or in all states (for "National). However, access does NOT include current or future clubs designated as "Signature" or "Athletic" clubs. Future club locations or brands may be excluded at the discretion of LA Fitness. Wanna bet the new club with be either a Signature or Athletic club? If so, it doesn't matter what type of membership you have.
Tara Gebhardt October 09, 2013 at 01:03 PM
D Schmid: I work on the same block as the new club, and I just talked to the manager to be. Right now they're running a no-sign-up fee $29.99/mo. special if you sign up in October 2013. The manager's name is Mike and his email is: mikegrosland@yahoo.com - I don't feel bad about posting his name or info here since it's on the fliers they've been distributing to passers by. Club opens late December 2013. Hours will be 5am-11pm. As someone who works on the same block, I think I may jump on this rate, as I'd much rather walk to the gym before or after work than drive to the gym I currently belong to that's by my house. I used to belong to the Bally's at the circle long ago, and I loved even going for a 20-min lunch-time run (as long as my afternoon was meeting-free so I could be a sweaty mess alone in my office). Good luck!
Bermet Jumabaeva March 03, 2014 at 12:38 PM
Me and my husband have been a members of Bally Fitness at Towson, after LA Fitness bought the club and we became a members of LA fitness at Towson. But unfortunately they closed this location at the end of 2012 and we decided to cancel our memberships. And here our problems started: - LA Fitness have very complicated cancellation policy. You have to complete online form and send it via post office to their corporate. And then it will go thru. It’s sounds easy but it is not. Their website sucks, you need to spend a lot of time to complete the form and spend your money and time to go to post office. You need to make sure that you send your letter with certified service, otherwise you cannot proof anything. It's been a one year and they were still charging my husband’s card for membership. We tried to call and explain our situation but they didn't do anything for us. Think twice before opening a membership with them.

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