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September 26, 2016

Old Town Athletic Club starts third building

Photo/Lawrence Emerson
Excavators work on the site of Old Town Athletic Club’s third building along Walker Drive in Warrenton.
Marking its 20th anniversary, Old Town Athletic Club in Warrenton has launched a major expansion.

Owners Kim and Mike Forsten this month broke ground for a third building on Walker Drive. The $4.5-million construction project will produce a three-story, 34,000-square-foot building by next fall.
 
Mrs. Forsten opened OTAC in 1996 as a one-studio gym on Keith Street.

“I’ll turn 50 and become a first-time grandmother this month,” she said. “Change is happening all around to make room for family, and that includes the OTAC family.”
 
Two buildings on the OTAC campus serve members with a range of health needs and tastes. OTAC I has two studios for group fitness classes, space for weightlifting and cardio equipment, a juice bar and a kid care facility. The Forstens built OTAC II in 2012 to house Warrenton Yoga, Warrenton Pilates and youth training programs Parisi Speed School and Divergent Baseball.
 
The new building will provide 14,000 square feet to accommodate a larger juice bar with area seating, bigger, more luxurious locker rooms, an improved Kids Club facility with a covered outdoor play area, and more space for personal training and group fitness classes.

The top two floors will house other businesses, Mr. Forsten said.
 
“We’re enhancing our services to give a community that has embraced our philosophy and culture more of what it deserves,” Mrs. Forsten. “I’m so happy that I get to share this exciting next step with my sons.”
 
Cole and Chris Forsten, Kim and Mike’s twin boys, will move into OTAC I to run their own divisions — OTAC Iron for Cole and Divergent Baseball for Chris.
 
Cole Forsten got his first job at his mother’s health club — wiping down equipment with his brother when they were teenagers. As he got older, Cole got more involved in other areas of the business, from answering phones to sales and personal training.
 
“I’ve seen a growing group of people who would benefit from a somewhat tailored exercise environment,” said Cole. “OTAC Iron will provide that culture.”
 
Chris Forsten, a William & Mary graduate and starting catcher and captain of the school’s baseball team, founded Divergent Baseball earlier this year. A physical therapy center will share space with his youth baseball program.
 
“Our coaches have all studied the science of human movement,” Chris said. “No two bodies are alike, and by giving athletes the individualized training and attention they deserve, we overcome limits and unleash their potential.”
 
Construction on the new building should wrap up next year, with the official launch of the new programs next fall.
 
“Twenty years in business is a long time,” said Cole. “Our mom’s success is due to her passion but also the incredibly supportive community we live in,” said Cole. “We’ll do everything in our power to continue her legacy.”
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