Greater Des Moines residents can get a first look at a brand-new health and fitness destination starting tomorrow. On Feb. 1, Life Time Fitness Inc. will open a "preview center" for its Life Time Athletic Des Moines facility, which is under construction at 11911 Hickman Road in Urbandale.


The two-story, 166,000-square-foot complex, scheduled to be completed this summer, is the first Iowa location for the Minnesota-based company, which to date has opened 107 centers in North America. Founded by Iranian immigrant Bahram Akradi in 1992, the publicly traded company had $1.1 billion in revenues in 2012.


Life Time Athletic Des Moines will offer "best-in-class instructors and programs in beautifully appointed group fitness, cycle, Pilates and yoga studios, while also offering the finest, most up-to-date cardiovascular and resistance machines available anywhere," the company said in a press release. Life Time Athletic will also offer personalized assessments by certified personal trainers and nutrition coaches.


The facilities will also include a resort-like indoor and outdoor aquatic center, complete with lap pools, whirlpools and an outdoor pool slide, as well as an indoor tennis center with eight climate-controlled courts. Tennis programming, lessons and leagues will be available for all skill levels, the company said.


Life Time Kids Academy, a new and unique membership program designed especially for children from 3 months to 11 years, will provide a full spectrum of kids' activities.


The center will also feature a full-service LifeSpa, a full-service, lavish day spa offering the latest in massage and relaxation therapy and a comprehensive range of body, hair, nail and skin care services, which will be open to both members and nonmembers.


Life Time Athletic also will offer an on-site, full-service, chef-driven LifeCafe, featuring an all-natural menu.


The Preview Center will be open to the public seven days a week beginning Feb. 1 from 8 a.m.  to 8 p.m. and offer a comprehensive sneak preview of the resort-like destination and its amenities. Exclusive membership opportunities also will be available for a limited time. For more information, call 515-362-3500 or visit