Eagle Rock mall to make room for new fitness center

An existing Fitness 19 center | Courtesy Bob Rodger

An existing Fitness 19 center | Courtesy Bob Rodger

Storefront ReportEAGLE ROCK —  Fitness 19, which operates a nationwide chain of low-cost fitness centers, is planning to open an approximately 17,000-square-foot facility in the Eagle Rock Plaza.

The new fitness center would include cardio and strength equipment as well as space for indoor cycling and a wide variety of classes ranging from yoga and and Zumba to kickboxing and boot camp, said Bob Rodger, who will own the Fitness 19 in Eagle Rock.  The company’s emphasis is to help customers stay fit while staying on a budget, with monthly rates starting as low as $9.

“Eagle Rock and the surrounding areas are sadly under-served from a health and fitness standpoint,” said Rodger. “I don’t know that I have ever seen a community with this many fitness conscious people without a quality full health club option. Our location will be so much more convenient for the residents that will no longer have to battle traffic into Glendale or Pasadena to use the gym.”

The firm’s architect recently filed initial paperwork with the city’s Planning Department as it prepares to start work on its the Eagle Rock Plaza location. But Rodger declined to say where in the mall Fitness 19 will be located until permits are finalized.

Rodger said he expects the center to open in the first quarter of 2017 pending the approval of permits and the relocation of existing tenants in the enclosed shopping mall, which in recent years has attracted restaurants and a market that cater to Filipino customers.
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  1. I am wondering about which tenant they are planning on disrupting. Looks like tbe vacant spot where the arcade was would be perfect.

  2. Are you kidding me? Going into that place just to shop at Target is a nightmare, Just park on the top and check out on the bottom where most of the checkers are without long lines and just try to get your bags upstairs. Parking there is a disorganized mess. Not to mention no left turn available coming out of the Colorado Blvd. side, exiting into rush hour traffic caused by the city’s lame bike lane just east of the mall. You need to ether make a left out of the mall at Sierra Villa Dr. (if your lucky enough to find the ramp) to the east of the mall if you want to get to the 134 freeway at Harvey Dr. that is if you can make it through the intersection that’s backed up.
    Why not create a solution to this traffic mess before bringing in new business?

    • I always park downstairs to go to Target and have had no problems at all whatsoever. It’s nothing compared to the nightmarish parking situation at the Silver Lake Trader Joe’s or the Glendale Galleria.

    • Take a deep breath…… relax. Renew your Xanax perscription.

    • Use this target all the time and I have a hard time calling it a mess. Rush hour traffic and turn restrictions have nothing to do with the bike lane. This was previously a six-lane roadway… and in most places you can’t make a left-turn out of such a driveway across six lanes as it can be unsafe (intersections are a different story). You want a solution to congestion… drive less. Less people driving means less traffic.

  3. This is big. I’ve always been bewildered at how an area as big as NELA could NOT have a single gym. Looks like the days of driving downtown to exercise are numbered.

  4. About time a real gym comes to NELA. Crossfit gyms aren’t real gyms – they’re dark, foreboding caves with almost no equipment, and some d-bag trainer yelling at you.

  5. Hope the new one will look like the one in the pic with so much equipment. Love the classes mentioned as well. Good luck in getting the permits. Would love for this to come to town.

  6. There’s a World Gym about a mile from that place along Colorado (but considered Glendale) and an LA Fitness less than 2 miles away by Americana on Brand. Although I wouldn’t mind a gym at the mall. Plenty of ample parking and a good idea to work out after eating me some Filipino spaghetti from Jolly Bee 😉

    • that l.a. fitness (on central/maple) shut down without warning (even to its employees) over a year ago. and its corporate office would not respond to inquiries. bad, bad, company. so then there was a PR release (not by l.a. fitness) that l.a. fitness moving into space on brand ave. near american in nov. 2015. still nothing. supposedly it’s opening in march. we’ll see. l.a. fitness blows.

    • “plenty of ample parking”


  7. Glad to hear about this, but we also need a 24 hour fitness!! ASAP

  8. Are there any updates on this? When is the grand opening?

  9. YES!!!! Parking in that area will actually be okay… and you’re right- this is exactly what the community needs! Thank you. World Gym closed in Glendale and it was such a bummer- sooooo looking forward to the opening!

  10. YES! Affordable Fitness center in Eagle Rock! Love it already, but traffic will be a concern, I hope they address this issue.

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