BINGHAMTON, NY – Our region’s first hospital-based health and fitness center is on track for a spring opening inside the former Sears building in Oakdale Commons.

Work is progressing on the new health and fitness center in Lourdes.

The state-of-the-art facility will feature 3 saltwater pools: a large 5-lane lap pool, a therapy pool for water courses and a huge whirlpool.

There will be 4 studios for classes: large group, Pilates, yoga and spinning.

3 spacious changing rooms: men, women and a family wing where parents and children can change together.

And over 100 cardio machines as well as weight equipment and free weights.

General Manager Mark Powell has over 30 years of fitness management experience.

Powell says the focus will be on hospital-grade cleanliness and COVID safety.

“To have all these services in one place where in the past you had to go to different areas to get this quality, now that we have them all in one facility, it’s just a great centre. There really is something for everyone here at our center,” says Powell.

Next to the fitness center will be a new Lourdes rehabilitation center for those who need to regain strength and balance following injury or surgery.

It will include a sports performance area with grass, an underwater treadmill and other amenities.

Complementing what is called the Lourdes Pavilion, there will be primary care offices, a drive-in pharmacy, orthopedic care, and radiology and laboratory services in the upstairs clinical space.

Lourdes rehabilitation services director Ben Robinson says the mall’s convenient location makes it easier for people to get the services they need.

“You have to improve access, you have to make things easy to access. Do you want patients in the community to have a good experience when they come to visit you. Want to keep things fresh and exciting. And you have to involve people,” says Robinson.

Lourdes has set up a storefront near Center Court in the mall to display some of its gear and start signing people up for memberships.

Powell says the monthly cost of membership will increase as the center gets closer to opening and those who sign up early can lock in their discounted price.

Lourdes Health and Fitness plans to use a 3-step onboarding process.

This will begin with a nurse’s assessment of a member’s health, including heart rate, body mass index and blood pressure.

A trainer will help you set goals and then develop a personalized workout routine.

All of this is included in the membership fee.

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