Courtyard Health and Racquet Club under new ownership, name change

ALEXANDRIA, La. (CALB) – A staple in Cenla’s fitness scene is getting a bit of a makeover. The Courtyard Health and Racquet Club is under new ownership and has a new name. It is now known as “Beyond Fitness.”

Originally opened in 1968, the club offers Cenla residents a full gym experience, including racquetball courts, fitness classes, tanning beds and a juice bar.

However, since then the club has undergone few renovations and updates.

But co-owner Mike Floyd said that’s all about to change. The health club will undergo a major renovation, including an on-site restaurant and meal preparation.

He said this Cenla mainstay would be a gift, just in time for the holiday season.

“Especially with the new year coming up,” Floyd said. “The holidays are just over, and Thanksgiving dinners are just being dismissed. You can come in and start losing all that fat, which puts some health on your legs. So, this is the perfect place to do that, and we’re going to revamping and refreshing it and providing the perfect place for you to come and do it.”

Co-owner and CEO Mike Pridgeon has always had a passion for bodybuilding.

He wants Beyond Fitness to be a one-stop shop for all methods proven effective in the fitness world.

He said Beyond Fitness will promote holistic health, meaning the whole person is addressed physically and mentally.

“What I want to do is encourage people to keep health and fitness as your core,” Pridgeon said. “When things start to get difficult and when the adversities of life start to get you down. If you can focus on nutrition and fitness as a mainstay in your life, then the effects of those things seem to be much less.”

Beyond Fitness is not necessarily out with the old, in with the new. Owners said they want to modernize and build on a name that residents in Cenla have come to trust.

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