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Robin Depperschmidt-Williams offers next-level fitness at Club Loveland – Loveland Reporter-Herald | #elderly | #seniors | #execrise

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Robin Depperschmidt-Williams has been in the Club Loveland building since the late 1980s. She was there when it was the Rocky Mountain Health Club, she was still there when it was the Orchards Athletic Club, and she came back when it reopened and became Club Loveland at Orchards.

Depperschmidt-Williams brings her passion for fitness to the gymin central Loveland as its general manager. With a love for helping people stay fit and active, she has stayed loyal to the city’s local health club as it has gone through various ups and downs.

She said the closing of the Orchards Athletic Club in 2012 was incredibly tough on her. After it closed, she would sometimes use the key she still had to the building, go into the room that was once her office and cry over the loss of a place she cared so deeply about.

But after reopening in 2018, Depperschmidt-Williams has been able to bring that passion back to the building she has called home for so many years.

Newly remodeled, the athletic club offers the community with a wide variety of exercise options, including a free-weights room, turf room, cycling studio and much more.

With her new office sitting right next to her old one, a room that she now refers to as “Robin’s nest,” Depperschmidt-Williams continues bringing her passion for activity and spread it to people who come in for a good workout.

What interested you in the fitness industry and, specifically, running a gym like Club Loveland?

When I was 18 years old (1982), a friend of mine asked me to come work with her at Gloria Stevens Figure Salon (in the Orchards Mall) as a Fitness Instructor. To be paid to help people get and stay healthy, I was immediately hooked! I became a personal trainer when I was 24, which allowed me to really find my passion. In 1987, I was instructing classes at Rocky Mountain Health Club (the same building I am in now) and was personal training, mostly with seniors, in a couple other clubs in town. Then in 1995, I created the seniors fitness program at Orchards Athletic Club (once again, same building I am in now) and ended up managing several departments there in the next 17 years. When one of the new owners, Todd Heenan, bought the Orchards Athletic Club building and totally renovated it, he asked to me to meet with him at what was soon to be, Club Loveland. Todd knew my history in Loveland, and literally said to me “I see the passion in your eyes to bring life back into this building. I think you should run this club!” AND, the rest is history! It is commonly heard that “I come with the walls”. This building is my heart.

What have the ups and downs of the pandemic been like for Club Loveland?

The “downs” are obviously the financial impact from members who have put a hold on coming into the club. We understand the reasons for it, but we miss them dearly. There have been many unexpected “ups” that have come from all of this! Our members have shared with us that being able to come to the club has provided them with an outlet for stress, has kept them healthy throughout the pandemic and provided some normalcy in their lives. We have truly become an even stronger family and are humbled by this experience.

Robin Depperschmidt-Williams, general manager at Club Loveland at Orchards, poses for a photo Thursday, April 22, 2021, in one of her favorite work out areas at the health club in Loveland. (Jenny Sparks/Loveland Reporter-Herald)

What do you wish people knew about becoming fit?

What I have seen in my almost 40 years being in the fitness industry is that most people do not know where to start. It is especially important that to “become fit” you are provided with the education, motivation and clear expectations that builds confidence so that fitness becomes a lifestyle where you not only see the results, but you live the results. Exercise becomes something you want to do, not something you have to do!

We have been told you have taken special attention to making sure the elderly in Loveland stay fit and healthy. What is the importance of that work?

My favorite saying is “the more you do, the better you feel; the better you feel, the more you do”. Keeping seniors moving is their key to independence. Working and volunteering with seniors in fitness for most of my career has proven to me that age is not what makes us old, inactivity is.

What is the importance of having a local gym despite other big gym chains being in the same area?

Being a locally owned, small business, we continue to build our club around the needs and wants of our
members like specialty classes, new equipment and fun, social events for our members. We strive to be
our members “home-away-from-home” and having the close-knit community that we do in our club, is
something you will not find in a big gym chain.


Robin Depperschmidt-Williams

Title: General manager

Age: 57

Time in the area: 57 years; native of Loveland

Club Loveland Location: 289 E 29th St,, in the Orchards Shopping Center

Hours of operation:  5 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, 7 a.m. from 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday

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