In this day and age, the Fitness Fanatics and Weekend Warriors have many different avenues to look at when it comes to personal development or health and wellness. Boutique studios, large corporate gyms and public gyms often provide adequate facilities to train and workout but often little else. The culture is a "means to and end" mentality when getting in and out as quickly as possible is the goal. For many people, this meets their needs and is just fine for their lifestyle.
Private Clubs, on the other hand, offer something gyms often overlook, a sense of community. Private Clubs are about the characters and personalities which make up a community and rely on long term relationships to sustain growth. A second home or family atmosphere is encouraged; pride is taken in their various social opportunities.
In many forms from the traditional Golf & Country Club, yacht clubs to multi-sport health and wellness clubs. Our goal here at the Ontario Racquet Club is to provide a high-end health and wellness facility which is very family friendly and acts as a social hub for its members. Our club prides itself on a sense of community and is the home to many tennis, squash, wine enthusiasts, travel buffs and other social groups. It is not only a place to be active and fit, but also a place to spend time with family and friends.
Private Clubs are evolving and changing for the better. Once perceived as the "sandboxes of the fat cats", private clubs can now be affordable and very inclusive. Understanding the constraints put on everyone's time, many Private Clubs are able to be that "one stop shop" serving as a place to entertain the family while at the same time acting as a casual meeting spot.
There are many benefits to belonging to a gym - and for some people it's the right fit. But if you are looking for a facility at can personalize service to suit your needs and the needs of your family, maybe a private club is the right choice for you.
Paul Morrell, CCM, CCE
Ontario Racquet Club