New gym designed from the ground up |

New gym designed from the ground up

Jim Grant/Tahoe Daily Tribune Push fitness center owner Tim Christenson, left, a personal trainer, works with Chuck Brokop on one of the club's new machines. The club opened on April 1.

Some say Push fitness center owner Tim Christenson didn’t fool around when it came down to revamping the former Time Out gym in South Lake Tahoe.

The former competitive body builder pulled out all the stops in the estimated $1.5 million remodel. It’s hard to recognize the 27,000-square-foot gym; it hits you as early as the entry to the building, where the check-in desk is now located. The counter was once situated upstairs.

“We spent four months just doing the engineering,” he said during a recent tour. The walls are adorned with photos of Christenson’s past, including his other gyms. There’s also one of his old body-building days with Arnold Schwarzenegger.

The Montgomery Estates man, a former Bay Area resident, opened his first fitness club in 1978 in Fremont.

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For the South Shore’s club, Christenson gutted the gym – changing the structure to achieve a more open look and taking out 20 large Dumpsters of debris, he said.

He added a multitude of new machines and placed these devices on 20,000 pounds of rubber flooring.

Twenty of these machines are stationary bicycles that give the user a cross between spin and mountain-bike riding. A rider can sway from side to side on the movable handlebars and back-pedal with a free-wheel.

In the group fitness area, a member may take spin classes, among other sessions such as step aerobics, Pilates and cardio kick workouts.

With a current membership of $39 a month, Christenson said he’s signed up 1,000 people in over two months.

“That just goes to show the need in this town,” he said. “I wanted to bring something to this town for people who like to work out.”

For those who like to lift, 5- or 10-pound weights may be slid over to assist the user in upgrading incrementally.

Beyond the smooth design of the machinery, Christenson said his goal was to focus on more subtle accents that workout aficionados notice.

“There are little things like water bottle holders,” he said, pointing to the shoulder press.

Two racquetball courts and upgraded locker rooms with showers and hot tubs remain.

A New Day Spa and Salon is just that – a place for massage, facials and pedicures among other treatments. Its grand opening is April 27.

Push, located at 2565 Lake Tahoe Blvd., can be reached at (530) 544-9111.

– Susan Wood can be reached at (530) 542-8009 or via e-mail at

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