New fitness center set to open in Covington Nov. 1

COVINGTON -- For the hundreds of Newton Countians who mourned the closing of the Covington Athletic Club nearly three years ago, they are about to be treated to an updated, state-of-the-art facility at the same Alcovy Road location.

"I've been doing fitness for 20 years and when our Covington Athletic Club closed, it's been my dream and mission to reopen it and provide affordable fitness for all with emphasis on adult health and wellness," said Pam Stillerman, R.N., new owner, along with her husband Dr. Jim Stillerman of Emory Internal Medicine of Newton County and Atlantans Gary and Susan Boteler.

The new facility will be called Alcovy Fitness and Wellness and is set for opening Nov. 1.

"It's going to be completely renovated and is going to look completely different," Stillerman said.

Members can expect a completely refurbished indoor pool that will include a lift chair for handicap accessibility.

"We'll have aqua aerobic classes and maybe some rehabilitation services will be going on at the pool," Stillerman promised, adding that new locker rooms will be "elegant." Also, she said the club would offer year-round swimming lessons for both children and adults.

New gym equipment will be installed and Stillerman said she is committed to making the gym a facility that is comfortable for all, "not only for those who are already fit, but for those who have never exercised before."

"We want it to be a very welcoming, inclusive environment for everyone," she said, adding that sometimes people who haven't exercised before feel uncomfortable when they start a regimen. "We want to make it a very friendly, warm place."

There will be a series of fitness classes offered as well, including Zoomba, strength training, Yoga and spinning classes.

Along with all these offerings, Stillerman is dedicated to keeping prices down.

"Our goal is to provide quality programming and affordable fitness to everyone in our community," she said. "Even if you have need for personal training, you'll be able to afford that."

The base fee for the use of exercise equipment is $9.95 per month, and cost of group fitness and the use of the pool will be an additional $10 a month. Each extra amenity would cost $10.

"The most expensive membership would be $29.95," Stillerman said. "Now is the time to sign up to get the best deal possible."

Alcovy Fitness and Wellness has opened a presales office in Newton Plaza on U.S. Highway 278 next to Love and Care Nails and across from Chick-fil-A. Representatives there will sign up new members, but are not accepting payment -- "just reserve your spot at the best price," Stillerman said. "Our goal is to sign up 3,000 members before we open."

There will be an initiation fee of $100 which will be waived for the first 500 members to sign up.

Stillerman said staff for the new facility has not been hired and that will be taking place within the next few months.

"I'm planning on hand-picking every employee there. I do anticipate that some of (Covington Athletic Club) former employees will be returning," she said.

The part-time positions will include personal trainers, group fitness instructors, front desk workers and weight trainers. Stillerman said she would assume the position of manager and group fitness director.

For more information, call 770-385-8550.