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New York Health & Racquet Club Stirs Up an Oasis of Fitness with its Brand New Chelsea Location; State-of-the-Art Facility Opens its Doors Monday, March 11th.

Health/Fitness Editors

NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--March 6, 2002

New York Health & Racquet Club (HRC) will open the doors to its eighth and largest branch on Monday, March 11th, 2002. The 40,000 square foot super club is located at 60 West 23rd Street between Fifth and Sixth Avenues.

The unique features of the club range from heated floors in the wet area to glass mosaic tiles in the lobby from massive gothic columns that disappear into the black 18-foot ceilings. Another additional unique touch is the fine limestone floors. Members can also unwind on a private sun deck and enjoy a menu of new age massage therapies. HRC's eighth location will also boast New York's best personal trainers to deliver the ultimate fitness experience.

The much anticipated 23rd Street location of New York Health & Racquet Club was designed by architect Frank Denner. "We designed a workout facility that combines the world of fitness and health and integrates architecture and art," said Frank Denner. "Everything in the club including the light, floors, textures and ceiling surfaces have been designed to promote warmth and well being."

The 23rd Street location of HRC has been custom built to span nearly the entire 40,000 square foot second floor of the Caroline, a brand new landmark luxury rental property.

HRC's new facility will house three various sized classrooms. The Spinning Stadium, which will hold all the Spinning classes, features tri-level stadium seating and there is also a separate 700 square foot studio for aerobics and yoga. An additional 2,000 square foot exercise classroom is one of the largest exercise classrooms in any New York City Club. The space is designed with floor to ceiling glass. "The enormous room is for several dance and movement classes," said MaryAnn Donner, Group Fitness Director for New York Health & Racquet Club. "We are very excited to begin our Broadway Dance workout, movement classes and the brand new, cutting edge Speed (mdsi), FLUIDITY(TM) and Cable Flex -- plus the ever popular Boxerobics, Firefighter Abs and Urban Rebounding in this new space." In addition, there will be an assortment of numerous daily classes ranging from yoga to pilates to even special featured JKD Martial Arts and IMX(TM) floor mat classes.

The exercise area in the new club contains a raised cardiovascular platform overlooking 150 pieces of strength training equipment and Olympic rubberized free weights. There are also 25 state-of-the-art treadmills, each with its own seven-inch television. All of the exercise areas contain cutting edge equipment provided by the leading manufacturers such as Life Fitness, Cybex, Icarion, Magnum and Free Motion. There are also over 90 pieces of cardiovascular equipment including Life Stride treadmills, Life Fitness Cross Aerobics, upright and recumbent style exercise bikes, elliptical units and stair masters. "Most of the dumbell and the free weight Olympic plates in the club contain rubberized plates," said Charles Damiano, Executive Vice President. "This helps buffer gym noise."

New York Health & Racquet Club is unique for having sparkling swimming pools at all of their locations. The indoor pool at the 23rd Street location is bathed in natural sunlight from two super sized skylights. The men and women whirlpools are accessible through both locker room wet areas and are also visible from the main exercise area. Both male and female locker rooms contain the best of spa facilities, including large steam rooms, vanity and grooming stations and individual showers. The shower areas are detailed in granite, marble and glazed tiling with the special feature of radiant-heated floors.

The club's reception area contains cherry-wood paneled walls with HRC activewear display cases and a 14-foot tall mirror fountain. The club also features a unique series of sculptor Branly Cadet pieces integrated into the design of the entire club.

Founded in 1972, HRC is dedicated to providing the largest and most impressive array of health, fitness and recreational facilities in the city. HRC also offers members free use of a beach club located on the Long Island Sound in Westchester with free outdoor swimming pools, beach and tennis as well as free passes to HRC's 75-foot yacht.

HRC with eight convenient locations is one of the most civic-minded clubs in Manhattan. Since its inception, it has offered a Quit Smoke Program at the Club's expense, and matches members' contributions to the American Cancer Society. By giving incentives to members, HRC has become one of the largest contributors of blood to blood banks. The American Heart Association and The Red Cross have been recipients of substantial contributions from the clubs on an ongoing basis. HRC has received numerous recognition awards from prestigious organizations and foundations.

HRC's Hero of the Month award recognizes individuals that risk their lives to save or protect people totally unknown to them. Each hero receives $5,000 from HRC and is presented monthly on WNBC-TV. The Hero of the Month program has been ongoing since 1999.

During the 9/11 catastrophe, HRC kept its doors open 24 hours a day for use by the thousands of people helping with the rescue clean up. HRC contributed all income attributed to the month of October 2001 to the relief fund.
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