Kevin Allman, owner of the Vashon Athletic Club, has added nearly $100,000 of new cardiovascular and weight equipment to the small fitness center, his largest investment in the club since he purchased it eight years ago.
Allman transformed the squash court on the ground floor to create a new exercise room — one with six new cardio machines and nine new strength-related machines. He also replaced all the equipment in the existing weight room.
The move makes more space in the club’s sometimes crowded main weight room and adds capacity to its often oversubscribed demand for cardio machines, he said. It also creates a new work-out space, one oriented toward beginning-to-intermediate weightlifters, he said.
The change made sense, he said, even though “we have a few hardcore squash players who are probably unhappy with me.”
People were often frustrated when they couldn’t get onto a treadmill, elliptical or stationary bike because every cardio machine was in use, he said. Creating a space for beginning weightlifters with new machines that are user-friendly addresses other issues, he said.
“We had a lot of concerns before about people who weren’t comfortable working out next to people using heavy weights,” he said.
A Vashon native, Allman said he’s working to upgrade the club, which now boasts more than 1,000 members. Last summer, he had the pool resurfaced, a $10,000 investment.
“We’re finally at a point … where I think we should be or close to where we should be,” he said.