Cooper Fitness Center officially opened its newly renovated facility on Wednesday, unveiling $7.5 million in upgrades and new fitness equipment that includes a remodeled Cooper Spa, The Coop boutique, and a new Cedars Woodfire Grill restaurant.
“We have made an investment in the future of fitness, where members will find a personal program that fits their interests, lifestyle, and schedule,” Dr. Tyler Cooper, CEO of Cooper Aerobics Enterprises, said in a statement. “From personal training to energetic group exercise, to fun and fit youth programs, we offer activities for the entire family in a beautiful, open, and inspiring new setting.”
The revamped 50,000-square-foot facility, which is located at 12100 Preston Road in Dallas, includes a new entrance and various private studios for cycling, aerobics, and Pilates, as well as Italian-marbled locker rooms featuring saunas, steam rooms, and whirlpools. The center is outfitted with Precor cardio equipment, Preva Networked Fitness consoles, TechnoGym and Cybex strength training equipment, and Power Plate vibration training equipment. It also features a three-lane indoor track, a basketball court, two heated 25-yard pools, and two six-lane pools.
Cedars Woodfire Grill, a fast-casual restaurant owned and operated by Pizza Inn Holdings Inc., is also housed onsite at the Cooper Fitness Center and open to the public. There, chefs grill up fresh food in an “unprocessed process” that doesn’t include freezers, fryers, or microwaves. Cedars Woodfire Grill has two restaurants open in Frisco and Plano, but this is the first in Dallas.
The preventive-health facility opened 1970. What started as a two-person practice has become a fitness-and-research empire that now employs more than 700 people and had a 2012 operating budget of $55 million.
The Cooper Clinic has also amassed one of the world’s largest research databases. The Cooper Center Longitudinal Study database contains more than 250,000 records from almost 100,000 individuals representing more than 1,800,000 person-years of observation. The CCLS is one of the most highly referenced databases containing more than 3,000 variables and considered the world’s foremost repository of information on fitness. The data collection began with Dr. Kenneth Cooper’s first patient in December 1970.
The clinic has spawned more than 600 research studies. Cooper’s 1989 landmark study in the Journal of the American Medical Association established the long-standing guideline that 30 minutes of moderate physical activity three times a week decreases all-cause mortality and increases life expectancy. That article has been referenced in more than 2,700 other studies.