The Barrie Athletic Club has called Barrie home for nearly two decades. Our club has evolved over the years, starting out first as a men’s club. In 2006, all that changed and we underwent a significant transformation. From our brand, to our facility amenities, to welcoming women, kids and seniors, and our health and fitness philosophy — it was out with the old and in with the new!
If you’ve never heard of our fitness club or if you’re only just a bit familiar, we’d like to enlighten you on 8 awesome things that you may not know about us, but are what makes us such a unique fitness club in Barrie.
Our facility is just the right size
At 20,000 square feet, the Barrie Athletic Club has all the space you’d expect for a fitness club, with two levels filled with fitness equipment, as well as group fitness studios, cardio rooms, squash courts and more. Our members tell us that they love the size because it’s not so big that you can’t find your favourite machine and you don’t feel overwhelmed, yet there’s enough space to feel comfortable amongst other members. The bright windows and high ceilings add to the feeling of openness.
We welcome the entire family
It’s rare to find a gym in Barrie where you can enjoy a workout, and bring the kids along too. The Barrie Athletic Kidz program is a fun and interactive program that your little ones can enjoy while you get fit. Unlike other gyms, we even have special fitness classes designed specifically for kids, like Yoga Kiddoz, Future Olympians and Mini Pounders.
Another trend right now is for moms to workout with their babies. It’s a fantastic way to get fit after having a baby, get out with other new moms and have fun with your baby. The program is called Mum and Bubs, and includes stroller fitness, group classes and even pre-natal classes for before baby arrives.
We have spa-worthy amenities
Gentlemen: After working up a sweat, go soothe your muscles and relax in our sauna, steam room and whirlpool. It’s a good way to unwind and is one of the key features in the men’s change room. Ladies: Don’t worry, we have you covered. Four private showers, two private washrooms, complimentary shampoo, conditioner, body wash & lotion, and full length dressing mirrors — all located in our spa-like ladies’ locker room.. Leave your hair dryers, curling irons, and flat irons at home; we have those too. And don’t miss out on our Ladies ONLY Nights — which include full use of the men’s locker room amenities, cocktails, complimentary hors d’oeuvres, shopping, and entertainment. Watch for details on our next Ladies Night, coming in November.
We have special discounts for businesses in Barrie
Did you know that offering a corporate fitness membership helps to attract and retain employees? Also, fit employees are healthier employees and there’s a tax break involved. If you own a business in Barrie, we offer special group rates for corporate memberships. The businesses that participate say their employees love it because our facility is welcoming and has even opened up the doors for professional networking.
We offer a student rate
According to Participaction, being active for at least 60 minutes daily and limiting time spent being sedentary to less than 2 hours per day can help children and youth improve their health, do better in school, be more confident, grow stronger, have fun, feel happier and more. So why wouldn’t we want to help our youth make fitness part of their life? That’s exactly why we offer a special discounted rate for students. We know that they will lead stronger healthier lives if they commit to fit sooner rather than later.
We have a martial arts program
In conjunction with the Georgian Martial Arts Academy, we offer martial arts programs for ages 4 and up — yes, we even have adult programs! Sensei Dan McDougall, the program director (along with his qualified staff) instruct students in traditional martial arts, self-defense training, sparring and traditional weapons training. There’s even an option for birthday parties!
We have squash courts and a squash league, for men, women and youth
Squash has been called one of the healthiest sports thanks to its intense cardio, low risk of injury and more. Look no further than the Barrie Athletic Club to get your squash on! We are the only private members’ squash club in the greater Simcoe area. We offer our members 4-regulation international courts to call their home and a close-knit network of fellow players to call their squash family. We have a squash league for men, women, youth and even a Munchkin program for ages 8 and under. Never tried squash? Come out and try a lesson on us with our in-house squash pro.
There’s a licensed bar onsite
Did we save the best for last? 😉 We couldn’t resist pointing out that we have a licensed bar and lounge onsite with free wifi. If having an alcoholic beverage post-workout isn’t your thing, we offer a variety of fruit smoothies (with our without protein and/or wheatgrass), healthy snacks, sandwiches, protein bars, & post-workout hydration drinks. As a member, you are always welcome to kick back in our lounge area. It’s a great spot to meet up with other members and friends, a comfortable space to enjoy sporting events on our big screen tv, and is the hot spot on Friday afternoons (4pm to 6pm) for professional networking, too!
Before you head for one of the big named gyms where you’re nothing more than a number, come by to tour and try the Barrie Athletic Club first. You will get a customer experience that’s second to none, a welcoming environment and superior fitness and health programs. Click on the button below to get a free 7-day pass!