Endless rows of cardio equipment fill the right front corner of the gym. A variety of fitness machines are scattered throughout the floor, and a fully stocked free weight section is ready for those willing to take the challenge.
“The quality of equipment and staffing set us apart,” said Jason Robinson, general manager. “We are the only one with a cardio cinema (where you can watch a movie), where you can zone out and not think about it.”
Gold’s has more than 17,000 members in the area. The Richland facility is 63,000 square feet, with a group exercise room, women’s only workout room, basketball and racquetball courts, a pool, a room for spin classes, and the main floor, which has the machines, cardio equipment and a stretching/functional area.
Kennewick offers all the same amenities, but in 37,000 square feet. Kennewick has a larger free weight section, while Richland has a larger stretching/functional area and additional racquetball courts. Both facilities also offer childcare.
Both facilities offer a wide selection of Les Mills classes throughout the day, including the weekends. All classes are included with your membership, except hot yoga (offered only in Richland) and Grit. Each program will run you $35-$50 a month with a membership.
“Body Pump is our most attended class,” Robinson said. “Zumba on Friday nights in Kennewick is the place to be. Lorraine (Houghton) is hands down the best group director I have ever worked with, and I’ve been doing this 10 years. You get top-notch training from her instructors.”
In an effort to promote fitness, Gold’s is offering Free Fridays to those who do not have memberships. There’s been a decent response to the offer, Robinson said.
“It’s a chance for those who can’t afford to join a gym, a chance to come in,” Robinson said. “Our goal is to give back to the community and make everyone fit. Changing lives is the most rewarding part of this job.”