NORMAN — Some members were pumping iron, while others ran or concentrated in a body blast class. But in each case, as sweat trickled down foreheads and backs, gym members were smiling.
Mark Floyd, owner of Downtown Fitness of Norman, 119 W. Main St., said he first opened doors Jan 2, 2004. A family owned and operated business, the gym is celebrating its 10th anniversary this month. As part of the celebration, the gym is offering a discount to new members.
Floyd, who was overweight as a child, began working out after his family got him a membership to a gym. Floyd said at first, he was very intimidated and it took him a few months before trying out the gym.
“I finally went and I got a trainer. I got acclimated, and I wasn’t intimidated anymore,” he said.
Floyd got his friends to join his workouts and said he would have rather been at the gym than school.
“It was something I looked forward to every day,” he said.
With fitness as such a big part of Floyd’s life, when he saw the opportunity to open his own gym, he took it. Floyd, who was only 25 when Downtown Fitness of Norman opened, said the gym started out with nothing, but he thought, “Let me just go for it.”
“Over the years, it was a struggle, especially in the beginning,” Floyd said. “I feel like I’ve got a master’s degree in business just from running the gym and learning on the job.”
A lot has changed since the gym only offered a few free weights and machines. Floyd said now not only does Downtown Fitness of Norman have a large variety of workout equipment, but if a machine breaks and isn’t fixed within a day or two, it is immediately replaced.