What we're about
The Ark is a strength and conditioning facility and cultural space. Our members workout safely in a group class environment under the supervision of a highly qualified coach.
strength and conditioning
Our Strength and Conditioning classes are the the backbone of our training hall. Here, you will learn high-skill movements, increase your quality of life, and make some friends in the process.
Whether you want to get in shape, lose weight, or become a stronger, more capable person, The Ark is where you will continue your fitness journey.
Our weightlifting club, Gainesville Barbell, is the largest and most seasoned club in North Central Florida, whose coaches have more experience in the sport of weightlifting than any other gym in the region.
Our training hall is a unique cultural space, where the sport of weightlifting lives like it did 50 years ago, minus the metal weights.
RAISING THE YOUTH
We are Gainesville's only not-for-profit gym. We believe that high-quality fitness education should be available to everyone, regardless of their status in society.
We provide free instruction for youth who qualify for free or reduced lunch. UF and Santa Fe students enjoy reduced cost memberships, and our outdoor fitness park is free and open to the public.
Did we mention you get a FREE Intro Class with this guy?
Michael Espinosa is head coach and founder of The Ark School of Fitness. He holds a Level-1 CrossFit Trainer Certificate, and is a USAW Sports Performance Coach. Michael has clocked thousands of hours of coaching and training, and is dedicated to fulfilling The Ark’s mission of making functional fitness accessible to individuals of any physical ability and socioeconomic background.
The Ark Elements: Free Calisthenics Course
The Ark School of Fitness will be hosting a community fitness class called, The Ark Elements, every Thursday at 5PM, starting February 4th, running through April 21st, 2016.
This course will be free and open to all skill levels, and is a part of our expanding charitable efforts. All who apply are accepted.
The Ark Elements will incorporate elementary gymnastics and core stabilization exercises. You can expect to gain better control of your body and acquire new body-weight skills. All exercises will be modified to meet individual skill levels and abilities.
You can apply to join at anytime throughout the course by filling out the application below. This information will be gathered to measure our impact in the community and the people we serve.
All personal information will be kept confidential.
The Ark Unloaded Bootcamp
The Ark Unloaded is a beginner's class designed for you to have fun while getting into great shape.
Using mostly body-weight workouts, this course is a gentle introduction into what we do here at The Ark: make people stronger, faster, and healthier. You can expect to get into great shape, lose fat, build muscle, and build healthy habits that last.
Working out alone can be frustrating and boring. At The Ark, you'll have fun working out with people of varying abilities and backgrounds. Before you know it, you'll be doing things in and out of the gym that you never thought possible!
Classes start on Monday, April 4th, at 7PM. The last class is on Friday, April 29th. Classes are Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 7 to 8PM.
Sign-up today and start your personal journey to get into the best shape of your life!
9-10a (open gym)
3-4p (open gym)
4-5p (open gym)
Located just east of Downtown Gainesville, The Ark School of Fitness is conveniently located and open most days of the week.
22 NE 11th street
Gainesville, FL 32601
M, Tu, W, F
5:30-8:30a* and 4-7p*.
Th 9-10a, 3-5p
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