I can’t express the excitement we have about our upcoming move to 12,400 square feet from our current 6400 square feet. For those familiar with Tucson we will be occupying the old Chuck E. Cheese building in Monterey Village on the southwest corner of Speedway and Wilmot. We will not only have tons of new space inside, but we will have more than enough parking outside to accommodate all of our community. This means no more parking two blocks away! I made this FAQ Sheet on many common questions we are receiving on the new facility!
WHEN WILL IT OPEN FOR BUSINESS?
The demolition and construction started in early September. We are hoping to have a soft opening in December of this year, and Grand Opening in January 2019. Pre-sales for new members are going on now. Join the opt-in box below to get first notifications as the first events will have the best deals.
WILL IT BE OPEN ACCESS GYM OR A TRAINING FACILITY?
We will be offering our same awesome training programs for kettlebells, Tucson Barbell Club, Concept2 rowing, Original Strength, as well as 1on1 coaching and personal training. Unlike our current facility, we will be offering an open access membership for those that don’t want to utilize coaching or programming and want to train on their own. We will have designated areas for classes and barbell club, but still have a very large area for those that are on an open access membership. There are exceptions though. You must know what you are doing and have the fundamentals dialed in if you are going to train on your own. Horrible form or unsafe technique that puts you or others at risk will not be allowed. If you are new to training we don’t recommend joining as an open access member and will direct you towards one of our many training programs.
WHAT TYPE OF EQUIPMENT WILL BE AVAILABLE TO OPEN ACCESS MEMBERS?
We will have numerous squat racks, deadlifting platforms, and Olympic weightlifting equipment available to those on an open access membership. This will include high-quality powerlifting bars, specialty bars, Olympic disc bumpers, Westside benches, competition racks, and many other great strength training pieces.
If you are training for Obstacle course races we will have a large monkey bar set up with numerous accessories, a cargo net wall, climbing ropes, and tons of other tools.
IS THERE ACCESS TO THE POWERLIFTING AREA DURING BARBELL TEAM TIMES?
During coaching time for barbell club, the primary powerlifting area will be reserved for team training, but we will have additional squat cages, platforms, and benches for open access members to use. All of our Hammer Strength pieces and many other awesome tools will be available all the time to those who love the strength game! When the team isn’t training the entire Barbell Club area will be available for open access use.
CAN YOU USE OUTSIDE COACHING SERVICES?
If you are a member of the Tucson Barbell Club Team you must work exclusively with our coaching staff for programming and technique work. No outside coaching is allowed if you are a member of the team. If you are on an open access membership you can use outside/online programming and coaching from anyone you want but your coach will not be allowed to coach you within our facility. The only coaches allowed to coach onsite have to be employees or approved contractors with Tucson Strength.
DO WE ALLOW SUBCONTRACTOR TRAINING STAFF?
Most all of our training staff are employees of Tucson Strength. On occasion we have subcontractors work for us, but we are not actively bringing on any new subcontractors at this time.
DO WE HAVE AN OLYMPIC LIFTING TEAM?
We do not have a structured Olympic Weightlifting Program currently, but we will have the tools for experienced lifters to come and train. We do however have a very developed powerlifting team.
WILL WE OFFER CROSSFIT CLASSES?
We are not a Crossfit Gym and we will not be teaching Crossfit classes, but we will be allowing those that love Crossfit to come and use our equipment! We have Olympic lifting platforms, pull-up bars, med balls, battle ropes, AirDynes, Concept2 Rowers, GHDs and lots of other pieces so you can come in and work on your WOD at your own pace and your own time!
WILL WE HAVE CARDIO EQUIPMENT?
Yes, we will have a cardio area. It won’t be full of traditional cardio pieces. We will have a few traditional pieces such as ellipticals and standard treadmills, but most of our cardio will be unique and not what you are used to seeing in a traditional gym setting. We will have self-propelled treadmills, Ski Ergs, Jacobs Ladder, AirDynes, and other fun pieces. Don’t expect an endless sea of cardio equipment to zone out on, but you will enjoy the pieces we do offer!
WILL THE GYM BE OPEN 24/7
At this time we don’t plan on being open 24/7 right away. Our planned hours of operation will be M-F 5:30am-9pm, Sat/Sun 7am till 3pm. Stay tuned for the updated hours of operation as these may expand!
WILL THERE BE SHOWERS?
YES! We will have two showers in the men’s restroom area and two in the women’s restroom.
SINCE THIS IS THE OLD CHUCK E. CHEESE DOES IT STILL SMELL LIKE PIZZA OR HAVE THE BALL PIT?
Haha. No, the entire place has been gutted to the shell. The bathrooms however still have remnants of the old tile and signage. We kept it on purpose!
IS THERE CHILD CARE?
There will be no supervised childcare center. We will have a small designated area for kids to hang with some toys and kids seats, but kids must be well behaved and old enough to be responsible and not run through the gym. Please do not bring hyperactive children who need constant supervision.
WILL WE OFFER KIDS’ TRAINING PROGRAMS?
We won’t have any kids training programs immediately. We do have a summer program every year for youth and plan to continue that this next year.
IS THE GYM AIR-CONDITIONED?
Yes! We wouldn’t dream of opening a gym in Tucson without AC. We have many air conditioners and will make sure they are working well.
WILL WE HAVE STRUCTURED OBSTACLE COURSE TRAINING CLASSES?
We will be offering classes and workshops, but nothing is scheduled immediately. Stay tuned as this program will be growing and evolving as the business grows! We have some fun plans in the works.
HOW MUCH WILL MEMBERSHIPS BE?
Our group training programs for unlimited training will be around $149/month. The unlimited group training membership will also include open access to the gym. An Open Access Membership without any training will be between $49-$69/month. We will have month to month and yearly membership options. Click here for OPEN ACCESS RATES… GROUP TRAINING RATES
OTHER THINGS TO KNOW
We are expanding, but our core values have not changed. Yes we offer an open-access facility, but we are not a big box gym. We are still about building a community and not about mass memberships. We are about building quality experiences, not just short-term gimmicks. Please read our CODE OF CONDUCT. (All members must agree to it.)
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