The design of LifeStyles facilitates the integration of these various services. “The creation of true medical integration through the design process can achieve tremendous efficiencies and patient/member satisfaction,” says Richard Moore, senior vice president of regional development. Instead of being isolated facilities with only a roof in common, the building design facilitates circulation and interaction within the two-story structure. Members can often see from one side of the building to the other. Abundant use of natural light and sloped roofs also give the center an open and comfortable feel. The focus of LifeStyles is the central fitness area, where much of the physical therapy and training takes place. Unlike some gyms that have separate areas for strength and cardiovascular conditioning, this facility has six different mini-training areas with both types of equipment — a design that spreads out patients and permits better space utilization.
There is a six-lane, 25-yard lap pool that is used for individual exercise and youth and master team competitions. Akron General also lets the local high school swim team use the pool for practices and meets. A separate therapy pool is used for warm-water exercise classes and the Aqua Arthritis program. The center’s gymnasium hosts basketball and volleyball tournaments and is used by cardio therapy patients. Gym facilities include a 15,000-square-foot fitness floor with 200 pieces of cardiovascular and resistance-training machines, and a separate 2,000-square-foot free-weight area. The two aerobics studios have suspended flooring and are used for 70 classes each week, including high- and low-impact aerobics, yoga, tai chi, extreme cycling and boxercise. Additional features include a three-lane indoor track, sauna, steam rooms and locker rooms. KidStyles, a children’s fitness program, and babysitting services are provided as well.
This special combination of medically-based programs and superior physical design has been very popular. After less than two years of operation, LifeStyles has more than 6,000 members, including many couples and families.
This is due in part to a highly successful pre-sale campaign that offered discounts on the center’s one-time enrollment fee, which helps pay for a health screening and a meeting with an exercise physiologist.
LifeStyles has been able to positively impact the lives of many mature and formerly sedentary people in the Akron area. In fact, its attrition rate is only 16 percent compared to an industry average of 45 percent. The center’s unique building design provides a physical and visual flow that connects activities and creates a supportive community environment for all of its members. When you add in the highly qualified staff and the hospital’s standards for cleanliness, it’s no wonder that LifeStyles has become Fitness Management’s award-winning facility design this year
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