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It's a family affair at Cross Gates Family Fitness

The front desk at Cross Gates Family Fitness.

Owner(s): Larry and Merryanne Welch
Location: Slidell, La.
Employees: N/A
Members: 9,000
Year opened: 1981



If you live in the Slidell, La., area and you are the visual type person then Cross Gates Family Fitness is the place for you.

Go to the club’s website and you will have access to a video for almost anything you want or need – from a club introduction to classes to the youth activity center to the spa.

If you don’t need videos, the club’s website breaks down every offering. And suffice to say there isn’t a smattering of options. Seeing the club believes in the family experience – getting everyone involved enhances the chances of member longevity – it is not surprising there are scores of opportunities to work out and play as a family or on your own.

If you don’t have a family it’s not like Cross Gates is going to ignore you. There is a café, tai chi, spa therapy and more.

Check out what else the two-club business has to offer:


The exterior of the Cross Gates Family Fitness Military Road location.Classes: Body Pump, Body Combat, Body Attack, CxWorx, Body Flow, Spinning, Zumba, Yoga, Seat Chair, Circuit Training, CrossFit, etc.

Offerings: Cardio, Weight Training, Group Exercise, Tennis, Swimming, Racquetball, Child Care, Sports Complex, 2 locations, Open 24 hours

Innovative ideas at club: We include the entire family in all of our programming. We believe that if we get everyone involved our members will stay for years. We carefully combine fitness and results with fun and family.

Where you hope the club will be in 5 years: We hope to continue to be a staple in our community by offering the best in fitness and family activities and expand into other local towns.

Area in which you would be of assistance for networking: Fitness and Group Exercise Programming; Children’s Programming; Marketing.

Describe area/community club is in: We are a suburb of the New Orleans metro area.

Do you have any community outreach programs: We actively sponsor local sports, educational, churches and family organizations.

Famous former or current members: All of our members are susperstars!

How long have you been a member of IHRSA and what IHRSA programs have you instituted and events have you attended?: We attend the IHRSA convention biannually.


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