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It is all business at Onterie Fitness Center


Onterie Fitness Center        
Owner(s): MPA Metropolitan Properties of America Inc.
Employees: 14
Number of members: 275
Year opened: 1986 


Some clubs are about attaining as many members as possible. Others strive to be a vital cog in its community with events and fundraisers. And others look to work with other businesses in the area to form a strong partnership.

Onterie Fitness Center, which is located two blocks from Navy Pier in Chicago, definitely falls into the third option, while, of course, it hopes to be successful in the first two.

Located in a residential and commercial hi-rise and a busy business district in a large city, it seeks out other businesses for corporate membership. It also has space to lease out for exercise, pool and studio areas to rent, in addition to the keeping its existing clients happy. 

Here are some questions and answers to learn more about Onterie Fitness Center:

Club vision/vision statement: Offer a clean club and a friendly experience for both building residents and the local area.

Classes: Zumba, Yoga I, Yoga II, Bootcamp, Abs and Glutes, Cardio Camp, Core Training, Muscle Conditioning, Chrisfit.

Offerings (sauna, pool, courts,cardio, free weights, etc): Co-ed wet steam, sauna, whirlpool, indoor pool, group exercise studio, free weights, cardiovascular equipment and circuit training equipment. 

Innovative ideas at club: We have eight outside/external personal trainers. We rent the pool to two different swim schools including British Swim school. We host Jazzercise classes in our studio as well. We are constantly seeking new partners, who are interested in using our club for their clients and offer something different to our members. 

Where you hope the club will be in 5 years: With updated exercise equipment and over 350 members.

Area in which you would be of assistance for networking: How to handle outside rentals and external personal trainers. How to choose the right membership software system for your club.

Describe area/community club is in: Onterie Fitness Center is a residential building with some commercial rental. We are two blocks from Navy Pier and the Northwestern Hospital campus.

Do you have any community outreach programs: We have corporate memberships for all the local businesses. We have relationships with over 12 hotels in the area to allow their clients a reduced guest fee. 

Famous former or current members: Sadly, none that I am aware of. 

Onterie Fitness Center in Chicago is on the 10th floor of this building in the Navy Pier area.How long have you been a member of IHRSA and what IHRSA programs have you instituted and events have you attended?: On and off for over 15 years.

Other pertinent information not asked: We are a unique club because the building owns the club, although chooses not to run it.  They instead contract through Good Sports Management LLC. 

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