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Swanky new gym with a spa and cocktails finds a fit in Fort Worth

Swanky new gym with a spa and cocktails finds a fit in Fort Worth

Life Time Fitness Fort Worth
The gym more closely resembles a cruise ship. Photo courtesy of Life Time
Life Cafe, Life Time Athletic Fort Worth
LifeCafe sells all kinds of healthy snacks. Photo courtesy of Life Time
Hydrafacial, Life Time Athletic
Drop in for a state-of-the-art hydrafacial. Photo courtesy of Life Time
Spa massage room, Life Time Athletic
A spa room for a post-workout massage. Photo courtesy of Life Time
Life Time Athletic
There are eight tennis courts. Photo courtesy of Life Time
Cycle class, Life Time Athletic
A sweat-inducing cycle workout almost looks fun here. Photo courtesy of Life Time
Life Time Fitness Fort Worth
Life Cafe, Life Time Athletic Fort Worth
Hydrafacial, Life Time Athletic
Spa massage room, Life Time Athletic
Life Time Athletic
Cycle class, Life Time Athletic

Hitting the gym for pedicures and poolside cocktails might sound like a fairy tale, but it's all in a day's workout at a luxe new health club in far north Fort Worth. Life Time Athletic opened a luxury "resort" near I-35W and Golden Triangle Boulevard on June 15. It's the first gym of its kind in Fort Worth.

The $40 million, 300,000-square-foot gym has a vast menu of services and programming that more closely resembles a cruise ship than a traditional health club. The facility itself — which employs 300 workers — features not only an entire floor of exercise equipment and boutique group fitness studio spaces, but a healthy fast-casual restaurant, full-service salon and spa, and eight tennis courts. (Deep breath here.) There also are multiple pools and hot tubs — including a resort-style, zero-depth entry outdoor leisure pool with lounge chairs, waterslides and outdoor bar.

Life Time’s beer, wine, and cocktail program is set to launch sometime in July, pending licenses.

“But what really sets us apart is our full Kids Academy,” says Life Time general manager Kelly Warren. “Classes range from movement and language to art and dance.”

Located in its own spacious, colorful wing, the Kids Academy is where children ages 3 months to 12 years can participate in age-appropriate activities and classes like music, tumbling, sports skills, and crafts. A mini basketball court lets little ones practice their shot, and an indoor jungle gym encourages exploration. Children can stay for up to two hours a day while parents use the facility, whether for a workout, tennis match, or a haircut and color.

Parts of Life Time feel like an exclusive spa, with private steam rooms, saunas, and whirlpools with fresh towel service.

The first-floor LifeCafe caters to those looking for a quick, healthy bite. Menu items include acai berry protein bowls, and almond butter shakes, as well as Greek salads, chicken enchiladas, and several grab-and-go items. “If it’s here, it’s healthy,” says wall signage throughout the bright and airy space.

Then there are the group fitness classes — more than 90 of them a week offered in six different studios. Formats range from indoor cycling and kickboxing to yoga and equipment Pilates. Most classes are complimentary, but some require an additional fee. Basketball league play, tennis and swim lessons, personal training, and complimentary “workout workshops” cater to a variety of fitness enthusiasts. Physical therapy and chiropractic care is also available onsite.

The new Fort Worth location is the first Life Time built in Dallas-Fort Worth since 2010 and is the seventh location in the market. Membership rates start at $99 a month.

It is located at 10761 Founders Way, in the bustling Alliance corridor. Currently one of the fastest-growing parts of the city, the area south of Texas Motor Speedway is home to Alliance Town Center, Presidio Towne Crossing, and numerous new housing developments and businesses.