Owners Spencer Voykin and his wife Kristine with their three children Mason (7)

New Castlegar gym has all you need for peak fitness

Peak Physique Fitness' new state of the art Castlegar facility houses the latest in gym equipment and much more.

Does 6,200 square feet of space sound like enough room for you to get your sweat on? What if the deal was a bit sweeter?

What if all that space was on one level for easy access? Perhaps a number of televisions and a rocking sound system to pump you up as you move through your paces? What if showers and lockers were all under the roof of that same space?

More? Okay.

How about a women only area, yoga and ZUMBA® Fitness classes soon to be offered, plenty of off-street parking at the back of the building and even a tanning bed that will let you bronze up the new you?

This place isn’t in Vancouver, or Calgary or New York City. It’s in downtown Castlegar at 410 Columbia Avenue, right across from the Subway restaurant and beside the Greek Oven.

Spencer Voykin, owner/operator, took possession of the former Fields clothing store in June and moved Peak Physique from its former two-story, much smaller gym into a space designed from the ground up to suit one purpose: getting people into better shape.

“I’ve been in the fitness industry for about 15 years,” said Voykin.  “I know how gyms are supposed to work and wanted to design this from the ground up. In the old space, even the sound of dropping weights was an issue for the people below and it was harder to manage what was happening.”

Still want more? Okay.

In the first week of September, a brand-new juice bar will be available to refresh and re-energize you before or after your workout. Or, for that matter, anytime you want to just pop in and buy one on a non-workout day.

More? Really? Well, okay.

This state of the art facility houses the latest in gym equipment, offers nutritional supplements, discounts at places like Subway (downtown location; 20 per cent) and Cut n Loose Hair Design (15 per cent) and provides options for personal training sessions. If that’s not enough, the Kootenay Jiu-Jitsu Academy also calls Peak Physique home.

Voykin practices what he preaches and, even with long workdays and juggling the responsibility that comes with having three children, keeps himself in great shape. He owned a chain of three supplement stores in Calgary and also worked at a Gold’s gym there but said that Castlegar is home and it’s hard to beat Kootenay living.

“We wanted a better place to bring up the kids,” he said, as he introduced his three children and wife Kristine. With the introduction of the “Heroes for Health” program that has seen costumed superheroes visiting local schools, Voykin said he’s having fun finding innovative ways to bring the importance of fitness to area residents.

He also purchased Curves, the popular women’s workout franchise here and moved all of that equipment into the larger space. Though it’s no longer Curves, all of the same equipment and circuit-training is available for a lower price than before… there’s no initiation fee and its all in a women only area.

Perhaps you’re thinking hours are an issue for you? Peak Physique has that covered, too. They open at 6 a.m. Monday to Friday and stay open until 9 p.m. Weekends? Sure… 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

There’s nothing Voykin hasn’t thought of; if the idea of committing to a long-term gym membership is an issue, there are drop-in, punch cards and monthly passes available (though bigger discounts for buying for a year).

One more? Okay. Voykin hinted that additional cross-promotional discounts at other area businesses are also being discussed for members.

Rapidly running out of excuses to hit the gym, hey?


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