Many people travel directly from work to a fitness center for their workout. Changing in the locker room can be unbearable—an assault on the olfactory senses—as clients are barraged with the stinky smells that accumulate over the days or weeks. But not at one center. Stacy Gill drives back the stench with daily cleanings, essential oils and light fragrances, creating an invigorating and relaxing environment. “This is a high priority,” she said This thoughtful touch is among the several contributions this general manager has brought to the Merritt Clubs in Owings Mills.
Stacy, a recent transplant from Atlanta, is sympathetic to the unique challenges of the mostly transient population that Owings Mills has gradually become.
“I want to unite the community and show them how to love the area,” she said. “They can create a
She achieves this mission by encouraging people to network and socialize through her own example. Beginning when the members enter the facility, she greets every one by name and cheers them on as they pursue their weight loss and fitness goals. She also creates classes based on feedback from members.
But her engagement goes beyond the center’s doors at the Newtown Village Center. She organizes holiday parties and social hours for the members with area restaurants. During the Christmas and Hanukkah season, she, club members and others donate gifts for children in need through the Angel Tree program. In addition, she plans to work with seniors at Newtown High School on creating murals for the cycle room.
Stacy’s involvement in the community through her work at the club merely reinforces the fitness mission of Merritt Clubs.
“Merritt Clubs tailors each location to the needs of the members,” said Donyel Cerceo, marketing director of Merritt Clubs, referring to the demographic and traffic studies conducted that resulted in the Owings Mills club being geared toward adults seeking a robust workout in a facility open 24 hours a day, seven days a week for their convenience.
Children between the ages of 14 and 17 are welcome if accompanied with an adult.
Merritt Clubs began in the 1970s when Leroy Merritt become the sole backer of the first racquetball club in Maryland. His initial foray into fitness became the foundation for the empire Merritt Clubs has become today in the Baltimore area.
For more information on Owings Mills location, visit merrittclubs.com
or call 410-581-4800.
Caption: The Owings Mills facility offers weightlifting with a trainer and treadmills for those who want to walk off the pounds. A unique feature is the column at the front of the center with information about members and words of encouragement.
by Therese Umerlik | Editor