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Fitness Connection - RTP

4700 Emperor Boulevard
Durham, NC 27709
Area: Raleigh-Durham

This is a decent gym, but its not overwhelmingly impressive. The best part about it is the walking distance proximity to a few hotels in the Research Triangle area. FC's amply stocked strength area is another highlight with plenty of free weights, machines, and dumbbells. The cardio area supplies a mix of old and new equipment, thankfully, more new than old. And a variety of cardio classes are offered as well, including cycling. It's not a huge gym, but the equipment spacing is adequate.

Swimmers also have an option here. FC's 25-yard lap pool provides 4 lanes of back/forth swimming. Floating lane lines, bottom stripes, and backstroke flags, will guide your wall to wall water path, but we give the pool a below average mark due to its worn condition, low ceiling, and minimal water circulation.

Admission is $15/day, but if your home club is part of IHRSA, the fee is $10/day. Sheraton guests get in for free, so long as they show their hotel key at the gym and sign in.  A handful of other local hotels give various discounts, but it was hard to pin them all down with a variety of employees when we called a few times. It's best to check with the gym if you're interested in booking and getting a discount or free pass.

Bring your own headphones to tune into audio/visual entertainment. Locks and towels are available and hair dryers are provided in the locker room.

Work Out Onsite

TreadmillsLife Fitness - old/new
Upright BikeLife Fitness
Recumbent BikeLife Fitness
EllipticalPrecor, Life Fitness
RowingConcept 2
Dumbbells3 to 102.5 lbs
Free WeightsYes
Hammer StrengthYes
MachinesCybex, Free Motion
In / OutIndoor
Lap-Swim GradeC-
Length25 yards
Temperature 81 degrees
HoursM-Th 5a to 10p, F 5a to 9p, Sat 8a to 7p, Sun 10a to 6p
Cost$15/day; $10 for IHRSA members; Sheraton free
ExtrasOutdoor tennis

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