Chad Ackerman was looking for a family friendly fitness center and was thrilled to learn one was being built right near his house. Ackerman, 36, signed up at the Gold’s Gym preview center in Chesapeake Square mall where consumers can try out equipment until Gold’s opens in early May at 4628 Portsmouth Blvd . ‘I’ve been working out at the Gold’s Gym in Virginia Beach near my work. That’s the nice thing about Gold’s; you can go to any one in the area or wherever you’re at,’ said Ackerman. Soon for Ackerman, his wife, Marcie, and their 17-year-old son, Nicholas , workouts will be just a short drive from home. ‘Gold’s used to be referred to as a muscle gym, but it’s been transformed into a true family gym,’ said Ackerman, who played hockey for the Hampton Roads Admirals. A multitude of amenities and services will be offered at the new location. They include more than 300 pieces of cardiovascular and resistance-training equipment, a cardio-cinema room, personal TV screens on cardio machines, group exercise and cycle studios, sauna and steam rooms, trainers and a full physical therapy and chiropractic rehab center. The center will also have volleyball, basketball and racquetball. There will be a juice bar and an aquatics center . Kids will also have a large interactive Kids Club featuring a play maze, junior basketball court and activity area . The new gym will join four other Gold’s Gym locations in Hampton Roads: Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Newport News and Greenbrier . ‘The area is starting to grow and there is a need for a family fitness center,’ said Jerry Donnelly, area manager. ‘This one is one-of-a-kind. It’s like a country club setting with upgrade inside without the country club prices.’"