Shrewsbury Health and Racquet Club: Where family, fun and fitness come together
Shrewsbury – Darline Thorp Yatim is a woman on a mission. That mission is to share her passion for fitness with as many people as possible. As the owner of Shrewsbury Health & Racquet Club (SHARC) since June 2009, she’s in a good position to do just that.
From the moment she begins speaking, Yatim’s enthusiasm comes through loud and clear.
“I was a high school athlete but, over time, I allowed myself to get out of shape,” she said. “Since buying the club in March of 2010, I have lost over 50 pounds. I made a decision to make myself a priority. I needed to lead by example and show my kids that fitness and a healthy lifestyle is everyone’s personal responsibility.”
Eager to share her personal fitness journey, Yatim has posted a video of her own transformation on the company’s website.
A driving force behind SHARC’s mission is Yatim’s belief that ongoing support is crucial to the success of a fitness program. Upon joining the club, every member receives a complimentary wellness consultation and a one-hour personal training session to help determine their goals and the best way to achieve them.
“Everyone has a different defi- nition of what wellness means,” Yatim said. “Our goal is to provide the best facility and the right amount of support to help people attain their goals. If we notice someone has been out for a few days, we will place a call just to check in. People like to know someone is in their corner rooting them on.”
With 70 people on staff, there is never a shortage of support or knowledge. The team features seven certified personal trainers, as well as nutritional counseling. With a focus on education, the team regularly provides educational classes and training demonstrations. According to Yatim, it all comes back to each person’s individual needs.
“I guess our slogan says it all…’What is your definition of wellness?’” she said.
In order to keep communication with new and prospective members at a high level, Yatim has used their website (www.shrewsburyclub.com) and Facebook to create a virtual community filled with fitness tips and dietary guides. Through these sites, people can view schedules, program videos and even register for programs online.
In terms of the actual facility, Yatim and her husband have invested hundreds of thousands of dollars to create her vision of the perfect family fitness facility. From the new heated indoor and outdoor pools, to the updated weight room and the cardio facility, to the indoor tennis courts, the facility has received a complete makeover.
“We knew that it would be a challenge to create a facility that would appeal to every fitness taste, but I think we’ve done just that,” Yatim said. “From elite athletes to young families and retired folks, we’ve got something for everyone.”
A walk around SHARC will verify Yatim’s claims. Virtually every age group is represented, from the infants in the daycare room to seniors in SilverSneakers classes, there is truly something for every level of fitness. Although some choose to work out on their own, those seeking the motivation of group programs will find plenty to choose from. Among these are: Boot Camp; “Biggest Loser” style weight loss; Triathlon training; and the newest program in biking, “CompuTrainer MultiRider System.”
Because the goal is to combine fitness and lifestyle, SHARC has an onsite restaurant called the Bull Pen.
“We enjoy having a restaurant on the premises because it encourages together time outside of the home,” she said. “What better way to cap off a fitness session than with a relaxing meal?”
Shrewsbury Health & Racquet club is located at 3 Tennis Dr. in Shrewsbury. It can be found online at www.shrewsburyclub.com.
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