Hidden Gyms

Gyms are becoming de rigueur in Fort Worth office buildings. Here’s a sampling of ones that’ll help you shed a few pounds.

An office job isn’t exactly conducive to an active lifestyle. After eight or nine hours of sitting at a desk, making that extra stop to the gym after work can be difficult for some.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 49 percent of adults in the U.S. get enough aerobic exercise, while about 20 percent of adults get an adequate amount of both aerobic and muscle-strengthening exercise.

To help make it easier for employees to get active, some Fort Worth office buildings provide fitness centers for tenants. One of the newest office fitness centers will be located in downtown Fort Worth’s upcoming skyscraper, Frost Tower, which is currently under construction at 640 Taylor St.

An existing downtown building with a fitness center is the Pier 1 Imports building, located near Summit Avenue. The building’s general property manager, Ryan Delaney, says having a fitness center doesn’t necessarily make an office building more competitive, but it does help the businesses inside put more focus on physical activity.

“I believe it’s come to a point where fitness centers no longer provide an edge over other office spaces,” he said. “Rather, tenants and their employees now expect that there be some space dedicated to improving and maintaining health.”

Check out these offices around town with fitness centers in-house.

Pier 1 Imports building

100 Pier 1 Place
Employees at Pier 1, as well as engineering firm Burns & McDonnell, have free access to the Pier 1 Imports building’s fitness center, which has 4,423 square feet of weight machines, stair climbers, treadmills and recumbent bikes, as well as equipment like exercise balls, kettlebells and dumbbells weighing between 5 and 70 pounds. Representatives from the YMCA come to teach classes twice a week, and personal trainers are also available at an extra cost. According to Delaney, the fitness center averages about 80 people per day or 2,400 visits per month. 

City Place

300 Throckmorton St. (One City Place)
100 Throckmorton St. (Two City Place)

City Place has fitness centers in both of its buildings (One City Place and Two City Place) with elliptical machines, treadmills and other equipment available to tenants for free. The facility also features a yoga area, as well as country club-style lockers and showers.

Western Place

East Tower
6000 Western Place

Western Place, home to companies like Apex and BAE Systems, has an approximately 2,500-square-foot fitness center in its east tower, open 24 hours a day and seven days a week. Cardio equipment, weights, lockers, showers and towels are available for tenants, though a $25 monthly membership is required.