Silver Mountain opens Muscle Beach
July 12, 2011
There’s a new way to exercise this summer.
Stanton Jones, owner of the Silver Mountain Sports Club, last week opened two outside jungle gyms at his Prospector location one for kids, one for adults.
The outdoor volleyball courts were underused and Jones was interested in expanding his summer amenities. If given the choice, people want to exercise outdoors on a nice day, he said.
The family pool is popular, so he began contemplating a way to expand the pool area while offering quality fitness options outdoors.
He came up with the idea of a Muscle Beach and hired the same firm that built the ones in Santa Monica, California and Riverside Park, New York.
Jones believes his Muscle Beach traveling rings may be the only set between the two coasts.
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"It’s a fun thing to have in Park City," he said. "Fitness should be fun."
Next to the Muscle Beach is a 2,000-square-foot Kid’s Fitness Castle, a 54-by-40-foot climbing gym for children.
"I designed it and picked it out to specifically help kids stay fit. There are lots of tubes, mazes and stairs to keep kids active and having fun and get a kind of mini-workout at the same time," he said.
They were built next to the pools with the idea that families could take a break from swimming and work out core muscles on the outdoor gyms.
The Muscle Beach equipment works muscles few machines can, and the activity is so unique, few other exercises give the same experience, he said.
The outdoor gyms will only be open during warm-weather months, but their seasonal nature was worth it to expand his summer offerings, Jones explained.
"Summers are so short in Park City, I felt like we needed to give people a huge backyard to come play in," he said. "It was important to give people more options in summer to be outside and still be at our club."
It’s also important to stay competitive with expanded offerings at the city and county recreation centers. Jones is an outspoken critic of the government offices of recreation that compete with private businesses.
"We’re always looking for things to draw people to our club versus the recreation centers. We offer much higher customer service and we’re the only full-service health club in Summit County," he said.
But Jones said the timing of his new features was not influenced by the reopening of the Park City Racquet Club this fall.
"We’ve always been planning this and this was the summer we budgeted to do it," he added. "We are trying to make the Silver Mountain Sports Club and Spa a summer destination."
The Kid’s Fitness Castle and Muscle Beach are free for club members and available to the public with the purchase of a day pass.