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Feel right at home at Crystal Park Sport&Health

Owner(s): Sport&Health Clubs
Location: Arlington, VA
Employees:  62
Number of members: 2,800 (approx.)
Year opened: 1987 


Many in the health club industry say that a club should feel like a second home for its members. Well, for those who belong to Crystal Park Sport&Health, the recently renovated club may be nicer and more appealing than their actual home. 

Part of the Sport&Health chain – which has more than 20 locations in the Virginia, Washington, D.C., and Maryland – Crystal Park just recently finished a makeover. The end result would be most homeowners’ dreams - inviting colors, open floor plan, granite countertops in the locker rooms, new furniture (OK, equipment) and a cardio theater with an HD screen and surround sound that seats (or stands if you are on an elliptical) eight. 

With a pool, sauna and whirlpool, as well as friendly staff, there is no reason to go home.

For more on Crystal Park, check out the answers to IHRSA’s questions:

Club vision/mission statement: We Improve Lives!

Mark Fisher, CEO and president, of Sport&Health Clubs.Classes: Zumba, MELT Hand & Foot Treatment,  Jungshin® Fitness, Pilates, Yoga, Virtual Cycling, HIT (High Intensity Workout), BodyPump®, Muscle Fitness,  Aqua Fitness, Absolution, Pure Stretch, etc. 

Offerings: Cardio and strength training equipment, Cardio theater, functional training studio, certified personal training, indoor swimming pool, main group fitness studio, virtual cycling studio, mind/body studio fully equipped for Pilates, spacious locker rooms with full amenities, whirlpool and Finnish sauna. 

Innovative ideas at club: We recently completed a multi-million dollar renovation opening the club up by replacing walls with glass allowing for natural lighting, adding inspirational feature walls and social areas and using earth toned tile floors and vibrant colors. Working with Vibe Design the club was given a new contemporary, high energy and uplifting atmosphere. 

Highlights of the club include:

  • Over 50 pieces of cardio equipment with personal viewing screens plus a new Cardio Theater featuring a HD movie screen and surround sound with 8 pieces of cardio equipment. 
  • A functional training studio with TRX, kettle bell and Dynamax training, plus other group programming and individual training. 
  • A Mind/Body zen-like studio, fully equipped for Pilates and Yoga, with ambient lighting plus chilled and scented towels for relaxation.
  • A Virtual Cycle studio with 3 flat screens and the new Keiser heart rate monitor bikes.
  • All new locker rooms redesigned with granite tops and flooring, special lighting, full amenities and a Finnish sauna. 
  • The 25-yard, 5-lane pool was refinished and retiled and offers a full aquatics class schedule and certified U.S. master’s swim program. 
  • A new main group fitness studio with all the new accessories including Step 360s,T-bows and UGI balls. 

Where you hope the club will be in 5 years: We hope the club will continue to be the premier club in the Washington, D.C.-metro area with innovative programming and education and continue to be one of the best places to work. 

Area in which you would be of assistance for networking: Please contact David Sidell, general manager,

Describe area/community club is in: Located just a mile outside of DC, Crystal City is a very affluent, mixed use community with corporate, government, retail and residential members. 

Do you have any community outreach programs: We work with the Crystal City Improvement District offering Yoga and Zumba classes outside in the park weekly, sponsors of the Crystal City 5K Races, the National Bike to Work Day and Marine Corps Marathon.  We offer locker room privileges for the Bike to Work eco-friendly program and are part of the Joining Forces initiative offering memberships to families of the active-duty military.  

How long have you been a member of IHRSA and what IHRSA programs have you instituted and events have you attended?: We have been members over 20 years and are actively involved in the IHRSA conferences, the Institute and many programs.  

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