New Pottruck gym fit for first workout

Get your running shoes ready for the new David Pottruck Health and Fitness Center, which opens for use Monday.

The new facility at 37th and Walnut streets, attached to Gimbel Gym, includes the gym’s Olympic-size pool plus basketball courts, a climbing wall, a golf center (more on that below), weight and cardio equipment, studios for dance and aerobics, and a spinning studio.

And then, for your recovery, there’s a juice bar, locker room, showers and a co-ed sauna. Family changing rooms are available to men and women using the facility with their children.

A preview and barbecue for those already signed up as members is today from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Can’t decide if this is for you? Non-members can tour the center tomorrow from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Hourly tours are scheduled on the half-hour and will meet at the Walnut Street entrance.

University and hospital faculty and staff who sign up before Monday will receive a $50 discount off the annual $350 faculty/staff fee and be eligible to win a treadmill. Spouses and dependents cost an additional $200 each. Health plan reimbursements apply to those who qualify (contact your health plan).

Membership benefits include towel service. Use of the golf center, climbing wall and classes requires an additional fee.

The center will be open weekdays from 6 a.m. to 2 a.m., Saturdays 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sundays 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and will be closed official University holidays including Christmas week. The pool, as in the past, will be closed for swim team practices and meets.

Here’s more on the golf center: The golfer stands on a special platform and swings with a club, in front of a simulation screen programmed with about 50 different 18-hole courses, said Associate Director for Structured Sports Al Pendleton, who manages intramural and club sports.

For additional information about the Pottruck Center, including eligibility, fees, hours and features, visit www.upenn.edu/recreation or call the PennFIT Hotline at 215-746-DRIA. The Recreation Office at Hutchinson Gym, 33rd Street between Walnut and Spruce, will accept applications.

Originally published on September 5, 2002