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Maryland Athletic Club holds true to its mission


Owner(s): Tim and Liz Rhode and Phil Wendel
Location(s): Timonium, Baltimore and Hunt Valley, MD
Employees: 300
Number of members: 10,000
Year opened: 1996


“We’re On a Mission to help 1000 people get HEALTHY and FIT this year.”

Those are the words you first see when you go on the Maryland Athletic Clubs website.

If you go on the club’s Facebook page you see countless glowing comments Customer Reviews section: “I’m achieving results.” “The people at MAC Express are always eager to help you and are wonderful motivators. They are always there with an encouraging word to help you 'stick with it’.” “I have been a MAC member for 4 years now and love it! I think you guys are always looking for ways to make the gym better for your members. The environment is always pleasant and the staff helpful.”

This is obviously a club that cares about its members. It is one that doesn’t rest on its laurels and is always looking for ways to better itself and please its members. 

Actually, you don’t have to be one of the 10,000 members in the three clubs for MAC to care. Just take a look at its community involvement that ranges from co-founder/coordinator of the Coalition for a Healthy Maryland, dedicated to health improvement in Maryland, to fundraisers for breast cancer and multiple sclerosis, to many sponsorships.

For more on Maryland Athletic Club, check out the answers to some of our questions:

Mission statement:  Make EASY and FUN for EVERYONE to get healthy and fit

Classes: Spinning, Yoga (all methods and levels), Pilates, TRX, Kinesis, Zumba, various bootcamps, HIT (High Energy Intensive Training), Treading, Group Power, Extreme Intervals, Barre, Core Concepts, Diva Step

Offerings: State-of-the-art cardio and strength equipment, multiple dedicated personal training studios with functional training flooring and space, aquatics facility with salt water pools, dedicated studios for Kinesis, Spinning, Yoga and Pilates, sauna, steam room, steam showers, Kids Club, pro shop, café, WIFi, physical therapy 

Owners Tim and Liz RhodeInnovative ideas at club: MAC’s mission, “To make sure everyone gets healthy and fit…”, and trademarked Wellness Tracking System® ensure that all members achieve at least one goal within 12 weeks. Shorter term programs designed to get non-exercisers moving and establishing the habit of exercise. Healthy Start targets beginner exercisers and physicians to refer non-exercising patients to our program. 60-day program. Corporate Fit Challenge targets and promotes wellness to corporations and their employees (6 weeks)

Where you hope the club will be in 5 years: 3-5 additional locations in priority markets across Maryland with all members reliably achieving their wellness goals. 

Area in which you would be of assistance to other clubs: Creating a culture and systems that lead to successful operation.

Describe area/community club is in: MAC has three facilities in Maryland: Timonium is located in a beautiful suburb of Baltimore County; Harbor East is our urban club located in the hip, happening area of downtown Baltimore’s Inner Harbor; MAC Express is located in Hunt Valley, in a corporate-centric area.

Do you have any community outreach programs: MAC has been committed to its community since opening its doors in 1996. A partial list of outreach programs include:

  • Ride for Hope” an annual Spinning event to raise awareness and funds for Breast Cancer.
  • In conjunction with partner organization Active Survivor Network, Yoga for Cancer survivors and Yoga for individuals with MS. Sponsorship of annual MS Walk, Active Survivor Network’s annual 7 mile run, Survivor Harbor 7, Baltimore Women’s 5K classic, Susan G. Koman Race for The Cure, and multiple other non profit organizations.
  • Donations of multi month memberships as auction items at hundreds of fundraising events throughout the year.
  • Co-founder and coordinator of the Coalition for a Healthy Maryland – an organization dedicated to health improvement, disease prevention and smart public policy at the State and local level.
  • Responsible for initiation of Healthy Maryland Day and most recently, Healthy Maryland Week, celebrating health improvement initiatives across the state.

Famous former or current members: Current members include BJ Surhoff, former Baltimore Oriole, and Joe Ehrman, former member of the World Champion Baltimore Colts, current author and motivational speaker.

How long have you been a member of IHRSA and what IHRSA programs have you instituted and events have you attended?: Since 1984, attending all but two conventions. We have implemented most IHRSA programs over the years.

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