acac Fitness & Wellness to Move into Former Brick Bodies Location

The new acac Fitness amp Wellness Centers location in Lutherville Maryland Photo courtesy acac Fitness amp Wellness Centers
<p>The new acac Fitness &amp; Wellness Centers location in Lutherville, Maryland. (Photo courtesy acac Fitness &amp; Wellness Centers.)</p>

acac Fitness & Wellness Centers, Charlottesville, Virginia, will move into a space being vacated by Brick Bodies within a racquet club in Lutherville, Maryland.

Brick Bodies, Baltimore, will close its facility within the Green Spring Racquet Club on May 20, according to an announcement on Brick Bodies' website. acac will open in the same space in June, according to a media release by acac.

"Due to the fact that our landlord plans to tear down the facility and replace it with medical buildings, we decided it was in the best interest of our members to close the club now and relocate them to our other locations in the immediate area," Vicki Brick, CEO, Brick Bodies, said in a statement to Club Industry. "At the end of May, we are also opening a new boutique concept called Studio B Yoga and Barre. We have enjoyed our 10 years at Brick Bodies Green Spring. It is near and dear to our heart, as that is where my parents started in the fitness industry with their aerobic dance business 34 years ago."

The Brick Bodies/Lynne Brick Maryland clubs are located in downtown Baltimore, Perry Hall, Reisterstown, Padonia, Belvedere Square and Owings Mills.

When acac opens inside the racquet club, it will be the company's eighth club and its third in Maryland. acac entered the Maryland market in 2015 when it purchased Maryland Athletic Club (MAC) locations in Timonium and Hunt Valley. The company's other clubs include three in Virginia and two in Pennsylvania. 

The Lutherville location will offer acac members cardio, free weights, stretching, group exercise and group cycle classes. acac's Physician Referred Exercise Program (p.r.e.p) will be featured in the club. Stand-alone memberships also will be offered. acac members will have access to Green Spring Racquet Club amenities, which include racquet sports and a café.

Green Spring Racquet Club approached acac regarding a partnership due to its reputation as a "leader in fitness," according to the media release.

"We are pleased that they will continue to provide fitness services at the Green Spring Racquet Club and offer Racquet Club amenities to their members while also bringing high-quality wellness programs that will increase exercise participation among Green Spring Station employees and customers," Tom Peddy, principal, Foxleigh Enterprises, said in a statement. Foxleigh Enterprises is one owner of Green Spring Station, a collection of locally owned boutiques, restaurants and services.

Current Brick Bodies members are allowed to transfer their membership to another Brick Bodies location or cancel their membership.

acac Fitness & Wellness Centers, which claims more than 50,000 members, ranked No. 31 on Club Industry's Top 100 Health Clubs Clubs of 2015 with 2014 revenue of $46.14 million.

"What sets acac apart from other gyms is our commitment to creating a welcoming environment where everyone, regardless of age or fitness level, feels comfortable working out," Phil Wendel, acac owner, said in the release announcing the Lutherville location. "Our mission is to help each member 'live their best' by engaging them in programs and activities that are a good fit for their needs. Helping our members find fun, effective workouts they can enjoy for life is the key to better health and wellbeing."

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