Marvin Altman Fitness Center-Fort Smith Celebrates 35 Years

FORT SMITH, Ark. – This month, Marvin Altman Fitness Center inside Baptist Health-Fort Smith celebrates its 35th anniversary. 

In honor of the anniversary, the fitness center will offer one-month memberships at a discounted rate of $35 on Wednesday March 22, for those interested in joining. Refreshments will also be available that day. 

The gym opened to the public in 1988 and was named after Marvin Altman who served as the president of Sparks Hospital in the late 1970s. Over the years, the fitness center has seen numerous improvements and most recently installed new exercise and weight training equipment, as well as updated the flooring, locker rooms and whirlpools. 

Marvin Altman Fitness Center offers a wide variety of fitness classes including yoga, barre, boot camp, pilates and cardio dance. Its newest class, POUND™, combines drumming to music with cardio and strength training. The fitness center offers an indoor track and an indoor lap pool. Memberships are available for families and include designated family swim times in the pool. Ages 10 and up are allowed to participate on the fitness floor. 

The fitness center also features a range of desirable amenities, including locker rooms stocked with towels, soap, conditioner and hair dryers, as well as a saunas and whirlpools in each locker room.

Marvin Altman Fitness Center is located at 810 Lexington Ave. For more information, including class schedules and hours of operation, visit or call (479) 441-5469. 


About Baptist Health

For more than a century, Baptist Health has delivered All Our Best in health care through Christian compassion and innovative services. Baptist Health is Arkansas’ most comprehensive health care organization with more than 250 points of access that include 11 hospitals; urgent care centers; a senior living community; over 100 primary and specialty care clinics; a college with studies in nursing and allied health; a graduate residency program; and access to virtual care anytime, anywhere. It is also the largest private not-for-profit health care organization based in Arkansas, providing care through the support of approximately 11,000 employees, groundbreaking treatments, renowned physicians and community outreach programs. For more information about Baptist Health, visit, call Baptist Health HealthLine at 1-888-BAPTIST or download the myBaptistHealth app