Post Date: Friday, August 30, 2019
The MAC is kicking off the new fiscal year by getting started on the
next big update! At August's meeting, the Board of Governors approved moving forward with Phase
Two of the West Clubhouse upgrades. This project stems from a membership
survey, and the MAC is excited to continue enhancing the member experience by
making the MAC facilities the best they can be.
Please keep the below factors in mind in the coming months during construction:
- Cardio equipment will be moved to the weight room and
- Spinning classes and group exercise classes will be relocated, and some class times will be affected. Click here for modified schedules.
- Racquetball courts will be closed during renovation for improvements.
- During construction, members will be able to access the fitness department through the fitness entrance or the upper-level hallway from other entrances.
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Doubling Down on Fitness
OCTOBER CHERRY DIAMOND FEATURE STORY
For months, upgrades and improvements have been consistently
integrated into the fitness facilities of the MAC West Clubhouse. Phase One was
revealed in full at the beginning of 2019, featuring renovated walls, flooring
and new equipment for a more modern, premier atmosphere. These initial upgrades
and renovations were met with praise from members, and Athletic Director Jeff
Tuhro said the primary comment he heard from members was that it turned out
“better than they imagined.”
But Phase One was only the beginning. Just weeks ago,
construction began on Phase Two of the fitness facilities. Visitors to the West
Clubhouse will notice parts of the building have temporary walls put up while
construction is being done and walls are being taken down. Cardio equipment has
been moved to the weight room and the mezzanine, and spinning classes and most
other group exercise are taking place in the gym. Racquetball courts are
currently closed during renovation, and racquetball players are encouraged to
use the Downtown Clubhouse courts during this construction period. But all of
these situations are temporary, as the Club makes way for better facilities to
match the look of the Phase One improvements.
“We’re going to create spaces that will be properly sized,
and [Phase Two] will mimic that whole new modern look and flow. It’ll be more
open and have better equipment,” Tuhro says.
For starters, the lower-level cardio room and group exercise
room are being opened up by taking out a wall to create one large cardio room.
The space will house rows of treadmills, ellipticals, upright and recumbent
bikes – all facing the outer wall. The larger space will allow for more
equipment and will have space for better TVs on the walls.
The second cardio room and spinning/yoga room will be
combined into one space, with the entire center wall taken out. The space will
contain kettlebells and heavy bags, lined with benches in the middle.
Treadmills, water rowers and assault bikes will have their places in this
space, too. The functional high-intensity room will be home to boot camps and
total body resistance exercises.
Spinning is a popular class at the West Clubhouse, but it’s
never had its own studio. With Phase Two, that will change. The fifth
racquetball court will be converted into a large spinning studio with
leaderboard technology, which Tuhro said will allow participants to see their
statistics on the wall and compete with others in their class.
Additionally on the lower level, a new space will offer new
types of stretching packages that will benefit all members.
“For the first time ever, we’re going to bring physical
therapy into the Club,” Tuhro says. “A lot of people go elsewhere for physical
therapy, and they end up with six people to one physical therapist. We’re
looking at a company right now that will only do one-on-ones and only handles
Tuhro said having an in-house physical therapy group will
allow for a great relationship to form between the physical therapists and the
MAC training staff, and they’re looking forward to being able to help serve
members in-house. The new assessment space will also offer metabolic testing,
where members can find out how their bodies burn energy and use oxygen.
“It’s geared specifically for you to get the best workout
you possibly can in the shortest amount of time,” Tuhro says. “If you’re trying
to lose weight, this’ll help feed into nutrition plans. It’s breaking it down
into deeper science, not just generalizations.”
Another huge feature coming to the MAC West Clubhouse is a
space geared specifically to kids who have aged out of the child care facility
– for those between around 5 and 12 years old. While plans are still being
developed for this space, features could include climbing-type walls,
interactive games on the walls and more. Children would also be able to host
their birthday parties in this area.
The space directly above on the upper level will be a
classroom for camps like the American Girl Camp and Little Veterinarian School.
The room will also be used for programming and could possibly grow to include
study halls in the evenings, music lessons, private tutoring and more, Tuhro
said. Plans include smart boards for instruction-type classes and a soft
seating area to serve as a hang-out spot for kids.
“We’ll be able to do a lot more programs and keep our
members in the Club and save them money by not having to have multiple
memberships,” Tuhro said.
Phase Two construction will be taking place throughout the
remainder of 2019, but current plans slate the end of the project to be early
For the latest news on
the upgrades, keep an eye on the MAC website. Upcoming issues of the Cherry
Diamond will feature mini-stories on sections of the Phase Two project as they
Read the October issue of the Cherry Diamond here.