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The Vanderbilt Club Fuels The Fitness Fire

By S. Mathur

The Vanderbilt Club is a fitness club for regular people, offering facilities and services for the entire family. There are swim classes for kids in the summer, a separate women's workout studio, and even child care on site. The mission of the gym is to motivate, guide, challenge and inspire our members to live life to the fittest", and the friendly and comfortable atmosphere makes it a reality.

Unlike the big box gyms, the Vanderbilt Club is locally owned, and invested in its members' overall well being.

"We fuel the fitness fire in our members," General Manager Sue Young said. "We provide the space, the equipment, the classes, the motivation and the expertise to help our members achieve their fitness goals."

Facilities include a fitness floor with cardio machines, including ellipticals, stair climbers, rowing machines and treadmills. Resistance equipment like cables, TRX, and small equipment such stability balls and balance pads are provided. There's a stretch area with mats and bands and a free weight area with dumbbells, barbells, squat rack, and more. The Women's Only fitness studio has cardio, resistance and cable machines, along with free weights and other small equipment.

There are two group exercise studios, a spin studio and personal training. A wide range of classes are offered in the three studios, from spin to yoga and Pilates to Zumba and Insanity. The gym also offers interval and low impact cardio classes. The indoor/ outdoor pool can be used for lap and family swimming as well as aqua classes.

With over 70 classes a week, the gym attracts a diverse clientele. This includes older adults in the 40 plus age group, families with kids, and even people recovering from injuries or accidents. Facilities and staff support the commitment to fitness at all levels.

"For hard core exercisers, we've got the equipment, the trainers and the class intensity you need to feel challenged if you want your ass kicked, we can do it," Young said. "For people just starting out, or yo-yo exercisers, we've got your back. We provide the guidance, the inspiration, the motivation and encouragement you need, and we'll help keep you accountable."

What distinguishes the Vanderbilt Club from other gyms is the sense of community you get the moment you walk in the door.

"Our members meet at the gym, they are neighbors, their kids went to school together, they have friends in common, they see each other around town in stores and restaurants, at fundraisers, at social events, at kids' school events, walking their dogs," Young said. "There's a palpable sense of community here: no intimidation, no pretense, no unwarranted competitiveness, no judgment, no feeling 'out of place.'"

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