Robin Depperschmidt-Williams brings next level fitness at Club Loveland – Loveland Reporter-Herald
Robin Depperschmidt-Williams has been in the Loveland Club building since the late 1980s. She was there when it was the Rocky Mountain Health Club, she was still there when it was the Orchards Athletic Club, and she returned when it was. reopened and became Club Loveland at Orchards.
Depperschmidt-Williams brings his passion for fitness to Central Gymin Loveland as Managing Director. With a love for helping people stay fit and active, she has remained loyal to the local health club in town which has been through its ups and downs.
She said closing the Orchards Athletic Club in 2012 was extremely difficult for her. After it closed, she would sometimes use the key she still had to the building, go into the room that was once her office, and mourn the loss of a place she cared so much about.
But after reopening in 2018, Depperschmidt-Williams was able to bring that passion back to the building she called home for so many years.
Recently renovated, the Track Club offers the community a wide variety of exercise options, including a weight room, turf room, cycling studio and more.
With her new desk sitting right next to her old one, a room she now calls ‘Robin’s Nest’, Depperschmidt-Williams continues to bring her passion for the business and spread it to people who come for a good. training.
What interested you in the fitness industry and more specifically in running a gym like Club Loveland?
When I was 18 (1982) a friend of mine asked me to come work with her at the Gloria Stevens Figure Salon (in the Orchards Mall) as a fitness instructor. Getting paid to help people be healthy and stay healthy, I immediately got hooked! I became a personal trainer at 24, which allowed me to really find my passion. In 1987, I was teaching at the Rocky Mountain Health Club (the same building I am in now) and I personally trained, mostly with older people, at a few other clubs in town. Then in 1995, I created the Senior Fitness Program at the Orchards Athletic Club (again, the same building I’m in now) and ended up managing several departments there over the next 17 years. . When one of the new owners, Todd Heenan, bought the Orchards Athletic Club building and totally renovated it, he asked me to meet him in what would become Club Loveland. Todd knew my story in Loveland and literally told me, “I see the passion in your eyes to bring this building back to life. I think you should run this club! And the rest is history! It is commonly understood that “I come with the walls”. This building is my heart.
What were the ups and downs of the pandemic for Club Loveland?
The “downs” are obviously the financial consequences of members who have suspended their entry into the club. We understand the reasons for this, but we miss them dearly. There were a lot of unexpected “highs” that came from all of this! Our members shared with us that being able to come to the club provided them with an outlet for stress, kept them healthy throughout the pandemic, and gave them some normalcy in their lives. We really have become an even stronger family and are moved by this experience.
What do you want people to know to get in shape?
What I’ve seen for almost 40 years in the fitness industry is that most people don’t know where to start. It is especially important that in order to “get fit” you are provided with education, motivation and clear expectations that build confidence so that fitness becomes a lifestyle where you not only see results, but you live. the results. Exercise becomes something you want to do, not something you have to do!
We have been told that you pay special attention to keeping the seniors of Loveland fit and healthy. How important is this work?
My favorite saying is “the more you do, the better off you feel; the better you feel, the more you do ”. Keeping seniors on the move is the key to their independence. Working and volunteering with fitness seniors for most of my career has proven to me that age isn’t what makes us old, inactivity is.
How important is it to have a local gym when other big gym chains are in the same area?
Being a small local business, we continue to build our club around the needs and wants of our
members love the specialty classes, new equipment and fun social events for our members. We strive to be
our members “at home away from home” and having the united community that we do in our club, it is
something you won’t find in a big gym chain.
Title: General manager
Weather in the area: 57 years old; from Loveland
Location of Club Loveland: 289 E 29th St,, in the Orchards shopping center
Business hours: 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday to Thursday, 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday