Major athletic training center planned in southeast Sioux Falls

By: Jodi Schwan

April 21st, 2015

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The Orthopedic Institute in partnership with a national athletic concept called D1 Sports Training and GreatLife Malaska Golf & Fitness have submitted plans to the city for an athletic training center in southeast Sioux Falls.

D1 Sports Training is a franchised concept that has locations in more than 20 states.

The proposed $4.75 million Sioux Falls center would be located on the northwest side of 69th Street and Southeastern Avenue.

The plans show “a training field, a treatment and workout area and there’s a lobby and locker areas,” said Ron Bell, city building services manager. “And on the other side of that is a GreatLife workout area and that includes a group fitness and training room, offices, retail and a gymnasium”

D1 includes programs for kids through professional athletes. Professional athletes typically have associations with D1 locations. The Denver facility has relationships with members of the Denver Broncos, for example.

The project description provided to the city for the Sioux Falls location calls for a 40,000-square-foot training, workout and physical therapy facility.

GreatLife CEO Tom Walsh said the complex will focus on fitness, healthy lifestyles, performance, facilities and programs.

“GreatLife is going to be a significant part of it,” he said. “We’ll have more than 15,000 square feet of fitness, basketball courts, community exercise facilities and offices.”

“It’s just a great continuation of our mission to enrich the lives of families and individuals, and this is reaching out to another segment of the community with a facility that will make GreatLife programs more accessible to that area.”

Walsh compared the new facility to what is offered at Woodlake.

“A lot of cardio, strength equipment, several classes, a full-sized basketball court, a lot of community fitness programs whether it’s boot camp or Zumba or yoga that will appeal to young people all the way through senior citizens.”

The plan is to start construction this year.

GreatLife and OI already are partners at Woodlake Athletic Club, where OI and Sioux Falls Specialty will open clinics soon to offer sports medicine, therapy and education.

GreatLife also announced Tuesday it is adding golf courses in Adrian and Fulda, Minn. GreatLife members will be able to golf at the Adrian Country Club and the Fulda Town & Country Golf Course.

Both are nine-hole courses and include driving ranges.

GreatLife membership now includes access to 16 courses in three states.

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