Carol Rigsby exercised at Beardsley Recreation Center for four months until work crews finished with the renovation of the R.H. Johnson fitness center.
The wait was worth it, Rigsby said.
“It’s much larger in here and the equipment is so much better,” Rigsby said.
The R.H. Johnson workout room reopened to residents Tuesday after an extensive renovation.
On Jan. 2, the fitness area closed as part of an overall update that included renovated rest rooms, outdoor showers and the monitor’s station.
The main fitness room also doubled in size from 1,551 square feet to 2,925 square feet, and features a cardio room and a weight room. The weight room has two Smith machines, a circuit to work particular muscle groups, dumbbells up to 100 pounds, two dual-pulley machines and two styles of barbells.
On Tuesday, professionals from Life Fitness assisted residents with learning how to use the equipment.
Sun City West resident Eddie Carino said he was impressed with the renovation and the equipment.
“This is so state-of-the-art now and better to use,” Carino said. “I know the fitness (center) closed for a little bit but it was all well worth it.”
Rich Barrett also worked out at Beardsley during the renovation and said he didn’t mind the drive to the other location.
“It’s about the same distance either way, so I wasn’t upset when R.H. Johnson closed, but I’m glad to be back here,” Barrett said.
Barrett exercised on the first day the R.H. Johnson fitness center reopened and received some instruction on how to use the equipment.
In addition, Rigsby said it will be easier to work out.
“The fitness center was smaller and often cramped during the busy season with the winter visitors, but now this alleviates some congestion,” Rigsby said.