Longtime gym closing after 52 years

Crunch Fitness at 515 Veterans Boulevard in Redwood City. Photo credit: Crunch Fitness.

Daily Post Staff Writer

One of the first large-scale gyms in Redwood City, where the 49ers and Joe Montana could be spotted, will be closing so a Tesla repair shop can open up in its place.

Crunch Fitness, formerly the site of Dennis Nelson Health Spa, located at 515 Veterans Boulevard, will be closing on Sunday, according to a Facebook post by the gym. Long time member of the gym, Daniel Petelin, said the gym’s closure is “like a death in the family.”

Petelin, 72, has been a member of the gyms at 515 Veterans for 52 years — ever since the Dennis Nelson Health Spa opened up at the site in 1966.

Petelin says he believes that Dennis Nelson Health Spa was among the first large scale gyms in Redwood City.

But the Health Spa had more than just a place to work out, it also had a beauty shop, jewelry store, restaurant and health food store.

Dennis Nelson was at the gym making sure operations went smoothly nearly every day until he retired in 1984. Nelson died in 2009.

Tesla submitted plans for the site in August which include a 23,000-square-foot building consisting of a repair and service garage, warehouse and space for car sales and offices, according to project plans.

The zoning for the site will have to be changed to allow cars to be serviced there.