King’s Gym in bigger, better facility on Chapman Street

  • Above, King’s Gym employee Lindsay Warger and owner Robin King in the newly renovated location of King’s Gym at 330 Chapman St. Below, Rows of treadmills and elliptical machines at the gym. STAFF PHOTOs/PAUL FRANZ

  • Rows of tread mills and elliptical machines at the newly renovated location of Kings Gym at 330 Chapman Street. December 18, 2018 STAFF PHOTO/PAUL FRANZ

  • Rows of tread mills and elliptical machines at the newly renovated location of Kings Gym at 330 Chapman St.  STAFF PHOTO/PAUL FRANZ

  • In the free weight room, Cameron Chase of Conway spots Jack Darling of Greenfield in the new location of Kings Gym at 330 Chapman St.  STAFF PHOTO/PAUL FRANZ

  • Steve McDonald does some lat pulls in the new location of Kings Gym at 330 Chapman St.  STAFF PHOTO/PAUL FRANZ

Staff Writer
Published: 12/20/2018 11:18:19 PM

Everything seems to be working out for the local workout kings in Greenfield. 

After looking for a new gym for the last six years, signing on a one-time factory building three years ago, and just recently closing on the location on Box Shop Road, King’s Gym now has a new home. 

The gym that was on Main Street since 2001 is now open at its new address, 330 Chapman St., but actually located on what is known as Box Shop Road behind Suburban Propane just off of Chapman.

The new facility features a significantly bigger space to work out, with double the cardio machines, more TVs, new locker rooms that each include a sauna and an auxiliary gym — coming soon — that will be good for crossfit-style activities. It also is just an airier and brighter environment, something the owners thought a lot about. It utilizes an air exchange system. 

“We had to find a new location” Sean King, co-owner with his wife Robin, said. “We had outgrown it.” 

There were challenges with parking at the Main Street location in recently years, but at the new location, customers will have free parking. 

The new spot is also all on one level, making it more accessible for gym-goers. The prior location had a main floor and a downstairs. 

While the move had been years in the making, the last year and a half had been particularly stressful as they juggled working on the new location while running the current one. Almost all of the work done on the facility was completed by the Kings, including the work on the 12 arches that give the space an open feel to it. 

“It’s very rewarding,” King said. “I had an opportunity to be creative.”

With the move, they have already hired an additional maintenance employee and expect to hire more employees in the near future. There are other plans in the works, like installing a washer and dryer for customers to get laundry done while they workout. There could also be an expansion of food served, building on the popular smoothies they already offer. 

All of that is down the road from now, they said, but with a new gym and just one location to focus on, there’s a sense of relief and pride for the owners as they move forward with their Greenfield gym. 

You can reach Joshua Solomon at:

jsolomon@recorder.com

413-772-0261, ext. 264


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