The Ark School of Fitness, 501(c)(3)

The Ark School of Fitness is a strength and conditioning facility located in Gainesville, Florida. We are a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. Our mission is to make healthy lifestyle choices accessible to individuals of any socioeconomic background. We provide, health, athletic, and nutritional education at a reduced, low, or no-cost structure.

Here are some of the services that you can take part in right now:

FREE Community Fitness Class, every Tuesday at 7PM. Just show up a little before 7, we’ll be ready to receive you. This class focuses mostly on conditioning, calisthenics, basic gymnastics and track work (running).

Community Class

FREE Yoga every Saturday morning at North East Park, at 8:30AM. Meet us behind the softball fields, next to the children’s playground, underneath the lone loblolly pine. CLICK HERE to link to the Facebook page. CLICK HERE for a map.

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Sign-up for a FREE INTRODUCTORY SESSION. Join us for class and see what it’s like to train at The Ark. You can also sign up for our INTRODUCTORY COURSE. This option is highly recommended for people with no experience in Olympic Weightlifting.

The Ark Facility

Inside the Gym:

We specialize in Olympic Weightlifting and Conditioning. We believe that the Olympic Lifts (The Snatch, The Clean, and The Jerk), are crucial for athletic development, and that they should be an integral part of physical education.

Often times, being “in good shape” is correlated to a person’s aesthetics, to their appearance.  At The Ark, we work on athletics, on having a deep understanding of how to move our bodies efficiently and safely, and to do everything possible to increase the length and quality of our lives.

Apart from being strong, we also want our athletes to be well conditioned physically. Our Weightlifting Program is coupled with a Conditioning Program that employs a plethora of movements, including but not limited to, running, rope work, calisthenics, power lifting, and plyometrics.

In our facility, all levels are welcome. Our members span from 13 to 60 years of age. Don’t be intimidated. At our gym, we have something for everyone!

Outside the Gym:

The Ark is also working on projects to help increase quality of life in our larger community, by building outdoor gyms, and providing free spaces to perform workouts, and get coaching; this is our Athletic Community Project at work. Whether you are following our calisthenics program (our free on-line bodyweight workout blog), or something you threw together yourself, we hope that having access to infrastructure will encourage movement and healthy living in our community, as well as provide a cultural space which is safe, constructive, and encouraging.

Our first prototype park will be built on our property. This space will be available free of charge to all visitors. We are also coupling this infrastructure with professional instruction. We want people to get coaching so that they can get in shape with confidence. We want people to know that they are doing workouts effectively and safely, and have the support they need to see their work come to fruition.

Furthermore, The Ark is currently seeking motivated teens to participate in our Youth Weightlifting Program. Students who receive free or reduced lunch and attend either middle or high school may train with us free of charge. The mission of the Youth Weightlifting Program is to provide a constructive outlet for energy, and to produce incredible young athletes poised for success in life and sport.

If you would like to help us on our mission, while also achieving your own fitness goals, e-mail mike@thearkfitness.com to schedule your free introductory session.