LVHN readies to open Allentown fitness center

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The 17,000-square-foot Lehigh Valley Health Network Fitness Center in Downtown Allentown. (Contributed photo)
The 17,000-square-foot Lehigh Valley Health Network Fitness Center in Downtown Allentown. (Contributed photo)

A new 17,000-square-foot fitness center and rehabilitation center will anchor One City Center in Allentown, providing a place for novice and professional athletes to flex their muscle.

The Lehigh Valley Health Network Fitness Center will offer a variety of services, including a multisport simulation room for those keen to improve their golf swing, cross train or get back in the game after a sports injury or surgery, officials for Lehigh Valley Health Network said. On Hamilton Street, it is scheduled to open this month.

“Rehabilitation services will be on site, as a separate [location], in addition to the 11,000-square-foot sports performance training center,” said Lisa Bednarski, business operations manager for Lehigh Valley Health Network One City Center.

Costs to use the multisport simulator are $30 for a half-hour up to $60 per hour, Bednarski said.

“The goal is to provide services for professional and semi-professional athletes, as well as someone who has an injury and is struggling to improve,” said Eric Johnson Jr. of Lehigh Valley Health Network. Johnson is operations specialist and Allentown City Center campus project manager and veterans’ advocacy liaison officer for the Allentown-based health network.

The new facility’s proximity to PPL Center, home of the Lehigh Valley Phantoms, an American Hockey League Affiliate of the Philadelphia Flyers, makes it easily accessible for players, visiting teams and fans, along with those who work in Allentown or live nearby.

Johnson said 15 new jobs, as well as the relocation of about 450 employees, would complete the new facility’s staffing in the fall.

“We are thrilled to launch as the inaugural, anchor tenant,” Johnson said in an email.

One City Center, in the Allentown Neighborhood Improvement Zone, is part of the city’s downtown revitalization initiatives.

“What a perfect orthopedic location with revitalization already in the rearview mirror,” Johnson said.

He said serving the entire community with a menu of affordable services available seven days a week was a big part of the new center’s mission and goal.

Bednarski said fitness center costs would be $55 per month and that the new facility would not require patrons to sign long-term membership contracts.

“We do offer services and discounts for families, students, seniors and corporate groups,” Bednarski said.

Bednarski said day passes cost $8. A weeklong pass is $30.

Johnson noted LVHN’s “longstanding commitment to Allentown throughout history and the footprint of our services; if you look at the map, the center of the [redevelopment zone] is our bull’s-eye. It’s a perfect location.”

“When LVHN first learned of the City Center project – the largest redevelopment project in Downtown Allentown’s history – we knew we wanted to have a vested interest. This commitment was made in October of 2011,” Johnson said.

Services at the new fitness center include:

• Strength, power agility and performance training, along with a 40-yard turf track and circuit training center.

• Rehabilitation services for physical and occupational therapy.

• Concussion management and head trauma for diagnosis and treatment of sports, falls and automotive accident-caused concussions.

• Occupational medicine to reduce workplace injuries and illnesses.

Lehigh Valley Health Network Fitness Center will be open from 5 a.m.-9 p.m. weekdays and 7 a.m.-3 p.m. weekends, according to Bednarski.

The monthly membership also provides access to the Lehigh Valley Health Network’s other fitness centers in Allentown and Bethlehem, Bednarski said.

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