Monster Gym opens in remodeled Courthouse |

Monster Gym opens in remodeled Courthouse

The Monster Gym in Grass Valley reopened Wednesday after consolidating with Courthouse Athletic Club, a deal that touches a majority of the area’s fitness club members.

The facility in the Pine Creek Shopping Center ” formerly Courthouse ” received a major facelift, including new locker rooms and state-of-the-art equipment worth $375,000. All told, the improvements were worth about $500,000.

“We’re excited about this,” co-owner Mike Carville told The Union. “The response looks like it’s going to be fantastic.”

Many people will join simply because its central location, Carville said.

The combined club, created when Monster bought Courthouse’s Grass Valley club in December, will offer more programs, too. They will include spinning, yoga, zumba (a

Latin dance class) and senior strength classes.

The bottom floor includes a strength-training studio, with suspension training, climbing wall and an obstacle course that includes truck tires.

“The whole emphasis is to train movement rather than just muscles,” Carville said.

The family owned business, whose owners also include Phil and Belinda Carville, began in 1999. South Yuba Club in Nevada City and the combined Courthouse facility account for an estimated 60 percent to 70 percent of the area’s health club members, Carville said.

The club now offers a flat $39 monthly fee for every membership.

“One of the things people don’t like is the high-pressure sales,” Carville said.

South Yuba Club is considering additions including two “endless” swimming pools, which let you swim against a current, providing a more vigorous workout.

Courthouse still operates a club in Auburn.

To contact Staff Writer David Mirhadi, e-mail or call 477-4239.

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