FARMINGTON — People looking to work alongside personal trainers will soon have another option to meet their needs.
The Colosseum, an upscale gym at 500 E. Main St. in Farmington, opens for business on Aug. 4. The gym will host an open house starting at 5 p.m. Thursday.
"It's like any other gym, but you have to work with a personal trainer," said Crystal Williams, the gym's owner.
The gym, which is located at the former site of Zia Sporting Goods, spans 4,300 square feet and includes a spa room that will offer customers facials, spray-on tans and other services.
Williams said the customers she hopes to attract are those who feel they need "a little privacy" to work out.
She designed the gym's entrance with that in mind. People have to stop at a lobby before they enter the gym portion of the building. Inside, the windows are treated so clients can look outside, but people outside can't see inside.
The room where clients can be weighed and measured also has privacy in mind.
"We try to keep it discreet," Williams said.
Clients must use a personal trainer to have access to the gym. Williams said trainers tailor workouts and diet plans to help customers reach their fitness goals.
"To me, everybody has their own story," said Marcy Hower, a personal trainer at the Colosseum.
She said her goal is to "push you through and get you to your goal."
Hower, who has been a personal trainer for four years, said she is inspired when she sees clients bring other people to the gym or continue to improve their physical fitness.
"I just opened that door to the gym," she said about when she first started working out. "It changed my life. I want to be able to pay it forward to people."
The Colosseum's gym includes more than 60 machines and an area for free weights and other exercises. Clients can also receive spa treatments.
"It's a Mediterranean spa scene," said Marsha Dodd, a trained cosmetologist.
She plans to offer salt scrubs, facials, spray tans and other services for "relaxation after a workout."
Williams said the gym also caters to people who participate in fitness competitions. The Colosseum has a posing room where competitors can examine their physiques. Williams also plans to explore hosting competitions, like strongman contests.
As for being housed in the site of a former long-time Farmington business, Williams said it's a plus.
"I just have to tell them it's the old Zia Sporting Goods store," Williams said, of when she gives out directions.
"It's a great location and a great building. That's why we got it."Erny Zah is The Daily Times business editor. He can be reached at 505-564-4638. and firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him @ernyzah on Twitter.