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Entries in Midtown Athletic Club (11)


Midtown Athletic Club's New Hotel Combines Luxury and Fitness 

The new Midtown Athletic Club and the Hotel at Midtown is about to make its debut in Chicago. The club will open this month, and its hotel component, in October.

It is not—repeat, not—an ordinary big-city hotel with an upscale, high-end gym. It is, rather, a 35,000-square-foot, 55-room boutique hotel nestled within an impeccably designed and superbly equipped six-level, 575,000-square-foot health and fitness facility—the largest of its type in the United States.

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Lessons in Fitness Leadership: Stay in Rock-Solid Contact with Positive People

The Lessons in Fitness Leadership series highlights IHRSA’s industry leaders and thanks them for their continued commitment to growing, promoting, and protecting the health club industry. By sharing their business expertise, we hope that you will get to know them, what they've learned along the way, and how they view leadership. 

Jon Brady
Midtown Athletic Clubs

What is the most fulfilling part of being a business leader in the fitness industry?

We get to work in a dynamic, innovative industry where we have the chance, every day to help change people’s lives for the better. This is such a fulfilling and purpose-fueled business, and I am grateful to be a part of it. As a leader, I get the chance to guide others on their journey and to give back what I have learned, so the mission to make our communities healthier and happier places has an ongoing and far-reaching impetus.

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The Midtown Athletic Club and Rochester, New York: Partners In Progress

Glenn William, the general manager of the Midtown Athletic ClubGlenn William, the general manager of the Midtown Athletic Club, in Rochester, New York, was recently honored as the 2015 recipient of the IHRSA Outstanding Community Service Award. It was presented to him during IHRSA’s 34th Annual International Convention and Trade Show in Los Angeles in March.

But talk to William, an unassuming guy, and he quickly and clearly places most of the credit at the feet of others.

“At the crux of what we do is our employees, our associates,” he says. “They choose the charity or initiative they want to support, and we hand the responsibility over to them.” The club’s members are the other critical component in its altruistic endeavors. “We’re a club of people who believe in giving, and nearly every charity or organization we give to is the beneficiary of a suggestion or request from one of our members.”

Recognizing the value the community places on helping others, the club has a philosophy that includes the notion that “Giving is better than receiving.” In all, it contributes to a total of 17 charities, organizations, and other initiatives, many of which have a philanthropic mission, and hosts more than 275 events each year.

One gets the sense, listening to William, that the cost of doing so is nearly immaterial—that the effort takes priority over the expense. “We view many of the events as an opportunity to create public awareness, and raise funds for local charitable groups in need.”

The Midtown Athletic Club Rochester, one of 10 properties owned and operated by Midtown Athletic Clubs, the multifaceted, Chicago-based company, opened in 1972. (See “CBI Interview,” November CBI, pg. 32.) A sprawling, but inviting 168,000-square-foot facility, it has a 12,000-square-foot fitness center; 24 courts for indoor and outdoor tennis, paddle tennis, and squash; a basketball court; a full-service spa; four mind/body studios; four swimming pools; a hot tub, pro shop, and café; and, tellingly, four fireplaces.

“It’s a really special place,” says William, “with a highly social atmosphere.”

The club has 3,800 membership contracts, which represent some 7,000 members.

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Midtown Celebrates IHRSA Award with Members and Staff

Last month, at IHRSA 2015, the Midtown Athletic Club of Rochester, NY was recognized as the 2015 recipient of IHRSA's Outstanding Community Service Award.

This week, executives from Midtown Athletic Club honored it's well-desering staff and members for their achievement.

As Club Manager Glenn Williams explained, "The large orange letters have been a theme on this large wall for the last year (as stand-alone words), choosing a different word every three months that starts with an “h", such as 'happy', 'heart', 'holistic' or 'healthy'".

Therefore, the orange word of the quarter this time is "honored".

See more about Midtown Athletic Clubs Community Service efforts here.

And learn more about IHRSA Awards and application deadlines at The deadline to apply for the Outstanding Community Service Award is November 13, but why wait, apply now.


Midtown Athletic Club Receives IHRSA Outstanding Community Service Award

The Outstanding Community Service Award is presented to an IHRSA member that has made a longstanding commitment to making a difference in, and beyond, their community. Midtown Athletic Club of Rochester, NY is the recipient of this year’s Outstanding Community Service Award.

Midtown Athletic Club’s involvement in their community is greater than can be listed, but a few of their impactful efforts include leading an annual American Diabetes Association “Tour-de-Cure Bike Ride” that raises funds for research, prevention, advocacy and treatment for Types 1 and 2 Diabetes; and supporting The Equicenter, an equine therapy center for children and adults with disabilities, at risk youth, wounded veterans, and their families in the Rochester area.


IHRSA Announces Award Winners

IHRSA just announced that three well-deserving IHRSA members will be recognized with awards during IHRSA 2015, the Association’s 34th Annual International Convention & Trade Show in Los Angeles, California, March 11-14, 2015.

  • The Julie Main Woman Leader Scholarship will be presented on Thursday, March 12 to Lori Lowell.
  • The Outstanding Community Service Award will be presented on Friday, March 13 to Midtown Athletic Club of Rochester, NY.
  • The Associate Member of the Year will be presented on Friday, March 13 to Twin Oaks Software.

Read the full press release to learn more.


Schwartz Is the Third Generation to Lead Midtown

Midtown Athletic Clubs in the Chicago area began in 1970 as a single club. It now has 30 facilities, including hospital wellness centers, corporate fitness centers, office building amenitiy centers, as well as the traditional health and tennis club.

Steven Schwartz is the president and CEO and he is protecting and improving upon a legendary, multigenerational health club legacy.

We talked to him for the CBI Interview.

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November CBI now online

The November CBI magazine is hot off the presses and it is now available online.

  • Read up on industry and IHRSA members news in regular features like News & Know How, In Brief, On the Move and Member News. 
  • Feature stories include Midtown Athletic Club's continued momentum; clubs that help American veterans; and creative franchising by Gold's Gym owners.
  • See what CBI Editor Craig Waters, IHRSA Board Chairperson Robert Brewster, and IHRSA CEO and President Joe Moore have to say in their respective columns.

Read all of this, and much, much more in th November CBI magazine.


Midtown Athletic Club invests in small group training

Chicago-based Midtown Athletic Clubs has invested $1 million this year to redefine its fitness floor experience, making small group training a No. 1 priority in all its U.S. clubs.

In June, Midtown marked the “rebirth” of its Oak Park Fitness Club with a daylong celebration for the community, offering free programs and fitness classes for adults and children. The offerings included a runner’s clinic, family yoga, Zumba for kids, Pilates reformer classes, endurance and strength challenges, a hip hop junior dance class, and more.

Highlights of the celebration included appearances by Chicago Bears players Craig Steltz and Kyle Long, and demonstrations of Midtown’s exclusive OMNIA and Pavigym training systems.

Currently, Midtown is the only North American chain to feature Technogym’s innovative OMNIA Training System, and the first Midwest club to offer the technologically sophisticated Pavigym flooring system experience.

MAC comprises 10 full-service tennis and fitness facilities throughout the U.S. and Canada.


This Week in the Fitness Industry: 6-20-14

Image courtesy of chrisroll/FreeDigitalPhotos.netThis Week in the Fitness Industry may be heavier on kids and exercise, but that doesn't mean there isn't something for everyone.

  • research may show fitter kids are smarter
  • demand, salaries on rise in fitness industry
  • Chicago club expands kids areas
  • those out of work longterm more likely to be obese

Read This Week in the Fitness Industry to learn more on each.