As a youngster, Mark Floyd, owner of Downtown Fitness, discovered that fitness can be fun. This discovery was his inspiration for opening his own fitness club years later. He recalls that "It began when I was about 15 years old. I was overweight as a child, and my buddies convinced me to join them in a workout. After about a week of lifting and doing some cardio, I was hooked!" As he continued to train, he saw visible results like weight loss and muscle gain.
He continued not just because he felt fit but because it was fun, and working out became part of his daily routine. From there, it was a logical progression to body building in college and then opening his own fitness club when one became available for purchase. He took over the club, and after an extensive remodel, opened Downtown Fitness of Norman.
What makes the club different is that as a small, locally-owned business, it has a highly personalized approach. As Floyd explains, "At Downtown Fitness, our every day mantra is to create an atmosphere that is a clean, healthy, and friendly alternative to the corporate gym business model. Not only do we take pride in our totally individualistic approach to our client's exercise programs, we strive to be an inspiration and solid support system for each and every member."
Classes vary from dance to yoga, and no experience is required to join. Group exercise classes are designed to be fun and invigorating, and dance classes are among the most popular. Most in demand is the Hip Hop class with Amanda Belcher at the Main Street location. Floyd's own speciality is the Body Blast class on Wednesdays, an intense workout that helps members reach peak physical condition. But the fun doesn't stop there - there's also sculpt, Zumba and TRX training.
Group exercise has many benefits for participants, pushing them to a higher level of mental and physical engagement, says Floyd. Instructors and other club members are supportive and encouraging, and this acts a corrective to the daily fitness routines most people fall into.
Above all, the fitness classes are fun, and Floyd says that "Hip Hop proves to be a blast for even our members with "two left feet". Whether you decide to try one of our many variations of Yoga classes or a Body Blast class with the owner himself, you're guaranteed to walk out feeling like a whole new human being."
Downtown Fitness has grown by leaps and bounds, pun unintended, and thirteen years later, Floyd runs two fitness centers that caters to his "Fitness Family". He wouldn't have it any other way. Nor would the club members, who will confirm that it is one of the cleanest and friendliest gyms around.
For more information please check them out at www.dfnorman.com.