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By Elaina Jameson
Following the new year, many fitness-related resolutions spark people’s motivation. SPENGA, a boutique fitness studio that calls themselves an “unrivaled fitness experience,” opened to the public on Feb. 18 — just in time to keep people focused and their resolutions on track.
Consisting of 20 minutes of spin or indoor cycling, 20 minutes of strength training and 20 minutes of yoga, SPENGA creates what they call the “best workout ever.” The gym, providing a diverse experience, invites people with tight schedules looking to improve or maintain their physical health in just 60 minutes.
Albuquerque’s SPENGA Marketing Consultant, Don Lopez, told ABQ Live SPENGA goes beyond the expectations of a traditional spin gym.
“We don’t just focus on two of the various principles that are involved with working out,” he said. “We make sure that we get all three facets which are cardio, strength training and flexibility. The way that we have accomplished that is with the three items that we do here which are spin, strength and yoga.”
Lopez said SPENGA is ideal for anyone, but especially those who want a good workout without the side effect of joint pain.
“We believe in community, not competition. We just happen to fulfill a niche that will help people who are looking to avoid high impact on joints,” Lopez said.
Additionally, locals can expects SPENGA to be invested in community involvement and building relationships.
“Not only are you part of the community and what everybody’s doing inside of the walls of the gym, but we’re going to make sure we get you guys outside so that you can experience those relationships above and beyond what you’re doing here,” Lopez said.
Mario Diaz, a SPENGA instructor, said he stays motivated to teach classes because of SPENGA’s atmosphere along with its one-of-a-kind aesthetic.
“My favorite feature of SPENGA is the multisensory experience — from the cleanliness of the studio, to the mint gum offered for every session,” Diaz said. He told ABQ Live dimming the green and white LED lights in the studio to resemble a nightclub during sessions adds for a unique experience.
“It [SPENGA] is an excellent addition to any sort of training routine you currently have, and it can certainly complete your routine,” Diaz added.
The customer service offered at SPENGA is the forefront of their business. Rafal Hussein, customer experience manager at SPENGA, said her job has allowed her to widen her network on a level she never thought existed — at least in the workplace.
“Learning their [members] names and really getting to know them — it’s become personal. It’s not just a job. I get to interact with a lot of people I never thought I would,” Hussein said.
She said price has been a significant factor when potential customers consider a membership. But with SPENGA operating as a one-stop shop for cardio, strength training and flexibility and mobility exercises, the membership prices are a bargain.
“It [SPENGA] is the cheapest form to workout with an instructor. It’s a you versus you concept. It’s not a competition. It’s about you and how you’re willing to utilize the workout and push yourself,” Hussein added.
People who are interested in joining SPENGA are eligible for a free three day pass. After the pass expires, the member has the opportunity to register for a membership of four or eight classes a month or an unlimited membership.
SPENGA will hold sessions on March 26 available to the public by donation to raise money for Athletes Against Epilepsy.